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Old 05-30-2014, 11:21 AM
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Hard to remove substance off headlight

Hello everyone, I've been using this site for a long time and it's been very helpful with all the DIYs and such. I had a particular problem of my own I could not find a solution for. I own a 2001 Honda Prelude SE and I bought a pair of these angel eye headlights with bulbs already in them for a price I couldn't turn down. Anyway these headlights have like a layer of something on the surface of the headlight which I can't seem to remove and it's really bugging me because if I can get this removed the headlights will basically look brand new, there is still no yellowing to them or anything. I tried one of those turtle wax lens restorers but it didn't work, it seemed like it thinned it out but that was pretty much it. Here's some pics, sorry you can't really see it too well with this camera. The 1st pic shows it the best! If anyone has any idea how to remove this stuff that'd be great, suggestions are greatly appreciated
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

Looks like the clear coat is peeling off like mine, the way me and my buddy fixed ours is: We used 400-600-1000-1500-2000-2500 and 3000 grit wet sand paper if needed then clean it up with soap and water then use a clear coat of some type with multiple coats, I used a VHT high heat clear from Autozone then wet sand it with 2500 and use a polish and a rag or buffer and polish it out, it will come out like new
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

^^ This. There is a write-up somewhere which I found really useful. Turtlewax make a kit which I used on mine, I used some 800 and 1000 grit before using it though to remove any remaining clear coat first. The kit also includes a sealer so that they don't go yellow over time.
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Get that kit. Its so easy to use. I now do mine about every 3 months to keep them flawless.
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

I used a Mother's kit recently. Got the discoloring, fine. Peeling clear coat is still there. I finally gave up. Looks fine until you look real close from 6 inches.
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

Thanks for the input guys! I'll try some of these methods out then get back to you on how successful it worked out.
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

There are a few people I know, including myself, that use 800 up to 2500 grit wet/dry sand paper. This is much better than the store kits (IMHO).

Start with the 800 then work your way up to the highest grit you have. I usually buff with PlastiX in between grits, and then when I finish with the highest grit I have, I will do a final buff with the PlastiX and then after that I put on a couple thick coats of wax, usually Turtle Wax. I am usually good for another year.
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

I use the 3m kit.
Starts with 400 or 500 grit, I forget. But that is the money grit. It digs in deep to get the crud off. Took about 45 minutes using that one grit.

The 3m kit came with like 8 discs of the 4or 500.. I used 6 of the 8 to get one lens looking good. Then followed the steps per 3m instructions. Step 2 was 800, then 1000 and so on.


Jay's way is similar to the 3m. I have my own sheets of 400 for doing my other lens. But will use the other discs left from the 3m. I got one looking great but never finished the other one.

I think I'll do up my lenses this weekend... it's been about a year.
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Re: Hard to remove substance off headlight

Thanks for the input guys. I ended up using 800, 1000, and 2000 grit sandpaper to get the clear coat off then I used a turtle wax kit to polish them up/restore them and seal them and they look perfect! Only thing I have to complain about the process was the fact that I might have damaged the paint a little bit on the front bumper right under the headlight. The paint has dulled a little bit in just very small spots, I don't know if I damaged the paint or if it is dried up residue I tried wiping it with a damp cloth and it didn't come out but I'll see when i wash my car if it'll come out or not. I did make sure to tape all around the headlight but it seemed to have slipped through a crack or two but luckily its just small spots. Anyway here's a picture of the headlight to show the improvement.
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