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VoicesInMyHead
Sep 27th, 2008, 04:14 PM
Well, I saw my wife parking my mother-in-law's car and it looked like it had Fred Flintstone (candle) headlights! Couldn't believe how badly they had been 'sand blasted' over the years and 150K miles here in the desert.

So...
Wash lights only with G.C. - only had about 1.5 hours to work on the car.
Wet sand with 1000 - rinse
Wet sand with 1500 - rinse
Wet sand with 2000 - rinse - dry
M105 by hand (yellow foam pad)
PlastX by hand (yellow foam pad)
UQD w/MF

I need to find time that works for both our schedules to get a hold of the paint!
You'll notice absolutely NO Reflection in the hood! Doh! It's driving me nuts and I rarely see the car!:wall2

Before & Afters:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/hl1.jpg

Closer...
http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/hl2.jpg

Closest! :eek:
http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/hl3.jpg

Utilize those willing to help... :D Child Labor what?... :nervous1
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/hl4.jpg

Mikejl
Sep 27th, 2008, 04:36 PM
Amazing transformation on those headlights! :dp:
And your helper is cute as a button. I hope you paid her a decent wage. :chuckle1

Mike

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 27th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Amazing transformation on those headlights! :dp:
And your helper is cute as a button. I hope you paid her a decent wage. :chuckle1

Mike

Thanks & thanks! Um... :nervous1 Paid?... :nervous1 Uh... well, does a cherry Tootsie Roll count? :bounce

Jokeman
Sep 27th, 2008, 05:16 PM
Nice job!!

Nappers
Sep 27th, 2008, 05:47 PM
a bowl of ice cream should do it.

WOW! what a great, extreme make over on those headlights.

They now look good and are safe :xyxthumbs

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:02 PM
Nice job!!


a bowl of ice cream should do it.

WOW! what a great, extreme make over on those headlights.

They now look good and are safe :xyxthumbs

Thanks guys! Safety was the reason I had to jump on it, even though I didn't have time to do an actual detail. My daughter rides in that car on occasion.

Hmmm... I think Ice Cream would be a great treat for me!!! Thanks for the idea!!!! :D

TimG
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Fred flintstones headlights!? :chuckle1:chuckle1

Awesome work dude!

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:07 PM
Fred flintstones headlights!? :chuckle1:chuckle1

Awesome work dude!

:D
Thanks Tim!

Markus Kleis
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Looks great! It's also nice to know that you can get such amazing results totally by hand thanks to the power of M105! :xyxthumbs

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Looks great! It's also nice to know that you can get such amazing results totally by hand thanks to the power of M105! :xyxthumbs

Thanks! Ok... I will admit if I had had any 4" pads, I would have used my PC... but only because I'm lazy! :D

But I do like M105!!!!! :xyxthumbs

Daniel Kinder
Sep 27th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Great results, really nice job!:xyxthumbs

Priceless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/hl4.jpg
And that's the best reason to clean up those lenses!

J. A. Michaels
Sep 28th, 2008, 04:12 AM
Great transformation on those headlights. They look great. Only 1 cherry tootsie roll. You can do better then that. lol.

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 28th, 2008, 06:03 AM
Great transformation on those headlights. They look great. Only 1 cherry tootsie roll. You can do better then that. lol.

Thanks! Well, she talked me into a few more later on. :xyxthumbs My back felt a little twisted as well... maybe deom being wrapped around her little finger. :nervous1 :D

InfiniteDetail
Sep 28th, 2008, 06:25 AM
Ron, what a great job! You've got a great little helper there :D One of the best headlight transformations I've seen!

What was the owner's reaction?

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 28th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Ron, what a great job! You've got a great little helper there :D One of the best headlight transformations I've seen!

What was the owner's reaction?

Thanks man! the MIL was shocked & almost couldn't believe it! On one of her service appointments, the dealer said she needed new headlight assemblies, and she had planned on it at her next service.

Now, she said she's going to take it down there and show them she didn't need new assemblies. She also said I should teach the used car guys how to do this on their used cars. Um... naw. LOL! :D

Sal329
Sep 28th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Great job. Always great to get the kids involved

VoicesInMyHead
Sep 28th, 2008, 05:19 PM
Great job. Always great to get the kids involved

Thanks! Yup, she actually got frustrated with me, because I wouldn't wash my truck today and let her help! She pulled no punches and told me "but daddy, your truck is really dirty". :nervous1 And, she's right! :nervous1 :D