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headlight refinish

I bought and used the 3M Headlight Refinishing kit on my faded headlights and they came out fine, but I see them starting to haze again after about 3 months. Does anyone recommend a product for "re-glazing" the plastic to protect it from fading again? I understand there's some sort of clear polymer that either wipes or sprays on that restores the original coating. I'm in the art glass business and we have hundreds of colors as well as a clear mylar film and all are 100% UV blockers. Has anyone tried a clear film over the lenses? Our product is good to 300degrees, so I'm not worried about it melting, but I really only want to do it once and wonder if the coating material is better?
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Re: headlight refinish

This will last 9-12months or at least it did for me.

Wet Sand with 800Grit Used 2 sheets per headlight
1000Grit used 2 sheets per headlight
1500Grit used 2 sheets per headlight
2000Grit Used 2 sheets per headlight

Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Get a buffing pad and a buffer for best results.

Use scratch remover (3M Brand) on lenses, apply and buff, do this twice or more.

Apply plastic polish (Meguiar's brand) do this twice.

Every time you wash the car reapply a little plastic polish with a micro cloth too keep them shinny!

Total time will be about 1hr not including removing/installing units or bumper.

Take your time and they will look brand new, no joke!

Also, it's cheaper then those kits because the product will last a lot longer for more applications.

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Re: headlight refinish

that whole buff waxing your lenses won't last long and you'll going to always have to do it to keep the lenses clean. The best method I've found is to actually reclear the lenses.

I use the same clear that's used for cars, so since I do auto body work, I always have the supplies to do this
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Re: headlight refinish

Wax/Buff lasted longer then when the person before me clear coated the lights, which made it super fun taking off when it started to flake off...
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Re: headlight refinish

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Wax/Buff lasted longer then when the person before me clear coated the lights, which made it super fun taking off when it started to flake off...
possibly didn't prep it right before he cleared it.
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Re: headlight refinish

I've used the method described in this link multiple multiple times and works like magic. Obviously the car isnt a prelude but this is the most comprehensive post I've seen on headlight restoration. The only peoblem I had was locating the very high grit sandpaper. I think I finished with 2500. I have before and after photos on my car if youd like to see my results the very first time I did it.

How To: PlastX Headlight Restoration (Step by w/ Pics) - Car Care Forums: Meguiar's Online
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Re: headlight refinish

Thank you for the reply. My local store has Plast-X but not NXT liquid. Is it a UV sealer and where do you get it? Thanks for the link.
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Re: headlight refinish

Duh, used the Meguiar's link and found it.
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