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Michael Stoops
Mar 15th, 2010, 08:29 AM
Meguiar's Quik Tips Video Series - Consumer Headlight Restoration Kit.

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Please keep in mind that this video, and the others in the series, are not designed to be definitive how to guides but rather, as the name implies, Quik Tips that address the most common questions and mistakes associated with each topic.



Cloudy, oxidized, and scratched headlights not only reduce your visibility, they also effect the appearance of your car. Replacing neglected headlights can be very expensive, but with our One-Step Headlight Restoration Kit, you can easily restore clarity to cloudy, oxidized, yellowed and even lightly scratched headlights using your own drill. We recommended use of a quality, corded drill rather than a cordless unit as these often lack the power and torque needed to remove many years of oxidation and scratches.

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Begin by cleaning your headlights to remove any dust or grime, then simply attach the Meguiar's proprietary buffing pad and apply a nickel sized amount of Meguiar's PlastX polish onto either the pad or the headlight itself. Both the buffing pad and PlastX are included in the kit.

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Place the pad flat against the headlight and turn on the drill. Use slow overlapping motions and keep the pad firmly against the headlight while buffing. Apply PlastX polish as needed and continue working until the headlight becomes clear.

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For the final application, use the included microfiber towel to apply and remove PlastX polish by hand to reveal a like new headlight that’s brighter, safer and better looking.

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NativeSun803
Apr 8th, 2010, 07:14 AM
The kit is great! I made a video using the product as well...

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Mark Kleis
Apr 8th, 2010, 11:21 AM
That is a great video NativeSun803. You did a great job explaining everything, and the editing was great as well.

Well done!

Michael Stoops
Apr 8th, 2010, 11:54 AM
NativeSun, welcome to MOL!!:wavey

That, sir, is one heck of a first post!! Loved how you likened the process to a trip to the dentist.... but we think you'll agree this is actually a lot less painful!!:chuckle1:chuckle1

Bill Davidson
Apr 8th, 2010, 02:41 PM
That was a great video and great demonstration of the product. Usually watching a 6 minute amateur video is painful. I was thoroughly entertained.

I like how you faded the music big time and brought it back in when appropriate.

Them some sexy headlights.

J. A. Michaels
Apr 8th, 2010, 02:58 PM
Both video's are excellent. Great results.

Native Sun,:wavey Hello and welcome to mol.

ClearlyCoated
Apr 8th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Mike, would you recommend taping off the area surrounding the headlight? Not so much for the PlastX, but for the buffing attachment?

Scooby
May 19th, 2010, 08:01 PM
Been getting into detailing a lot lately and I tested this product on my mom's headlights they were really bad.

Before:
http://i50.tinypic.com/igafy1.jpg

And After:
http://i50.tinypic.com/2rnylgx.jpg
Turned on pretty good, mom was happy :D

Aren
Aug 31st, 2010, 08:57 PM
1 buffing pad is enough for 2 headlights?

Michael Stoops
Sep 1st, 2010, 06:46 AM
1 buffing pad is enough for 2 headlights?

More than enough - plus you can clean it after use and put it away for future corrections.

froggy47
Oct 5th, 2010, 12:12 PM
I am going to try this on my 95 m3, but are you supposed to put some UV liquid finish on after you are dome polishing to make it last?

froggy47
Oct 7th, 2010, 08:28 AM
:bump1

jakes29
Sep 6th, 2013, 12:04 PM
I have used Ultimate Compound on my headlights with a rotary and polishing pad. Still hazy...would plastiX improve the result? Perhaps I might need to work the UC longer??

Detailing by M
Sep 6th, 2013, 12:24 PM
I have used Ultimate Compound on my headlights with a rotary and polishing pad. Still hazy...would plastiX improve the result? Perhaps I might need to work the UC longer??

After compounding you shouldn't have any major haze but a little is expected.
I usually paint after compounding.
PlastX will help get rid of the haze.

jarred767
Sep 6th, 2013, 12:40 PM
You paint after compounding??? I don't follow?

Detailing by M
Sep 6th, 2013, 12:48 PM
You paint after compounding??? I don't follow?
Yes paint on the UV Coating, not a Meg's product.

I use Headlight Renew Dr. http://headlightrenewdoctor.com/Products.php
I want the new "wipe on" rather then the spray. The spray leaves Orange Peal.
I've heard the wipe on leaves it perfect.

Top Gear
Sep 7th, 2013, 07:49 AM
Sorry to keep the thread jacked, but I've had really good success on an older car using the DA Mirror Glaze pads with UC, UP, and then GC wax. I might switch to Ultimate Wax for this, or just leave it at the polishing step, as they look a bit yellow in some lights, and this might be due to the Gold Class - the only time you'll catch me not recommending GC ;)

Otherwise, I would definitely try the Meg's kit.

Detailing by M
Sep 7th, 2013, 08:52 AM
^^^ Gold Class isn't yellowing your lights.
You still have UV/Plastic damage. You didn't remove all of it.

kuko
Sep 7th, 2013, 02:06 PM
I'm not so happy with this product. When I started to polish headlights I had wool on whole my trunk. It was my first time that I bought product from Meguiars, but I'm disappointed.

Detailing by M
Sep 7th, 2013, 02:17 PM
....I had wool on whole my trunk...

Your using a wool pad.
This is a natural fiber pad and therefore the fibers come off.

I take it you've never used a wool pad before?
All wool pads do this, all of them. I ware goggles when using wool because of the fibers.
In order to remove sanding marks you have to use wool, that's why it's in the kit.
And because of the fibers on your trunk you don't like the Headlight Kit.
How did it perform on your Headlights?

... welcome to the world of detailing.

kuko
Sep 7th, 2013, 03:36 PM
I didn't know that it should be like that. But now it is clear :) I thought that I get just bad produced wool pad. For me, If I do head lights restoration, I shouldn't clean hood after that. For me it was annoying. This is only my point of view. My head light looks little bit better. Maybe I need to use grind paper before polishing next time. Thanks for explanation

kuko
Sep 7th, 2013, 03:45 PM
probably I chose wrong product

Detailing by M
Sep 7th, 2013, 03:49 PM
The lose fibers will lessen.
When ever I get a new wool pad I clean them in my pad washer and run a spur on it.

So wash that pad
Also spin it on your drill.
If you don't have a spur then you'll need to find a little hard tube, about 1" in diameter to fluff up the fibers and "spin" out the loose fibers, make sense?
After it's clean you only have a few fibers on the hood next time you use it.

Your headlights should look perfect.
This kit has everything you need.
Sand the heck out of it. That's your first attack at the UV coating and damaged plastic.
Don't forget to tape off the area EXTREMELY WELL or you sand off your paint or rubber.
After you've sanded it real well buff the heck out of it too.

This is plastic and not paint so you have to be a little aggressive, and ALWAYS use caution when being aggressive.
I redo headlights often and haven't really ran into any problems so it's relatively safe just use common sense.

kuko
Sep 7th, 2013, 03:58 PM
thanks for advice. I will try

Top Gear
Sep 8th, 2013, 12:35 PM
Gold Class isn't yellowing your lights.
You still have UV/Plastic damage. You didn't remove all of it.
Fair point. Probably just need to lay into it a bit more next time...

jakes29
Sep 9th, 2013, 01:00 PM
After compounding you shouldn't have any major haze but a little is expected.
I usually paint after compounding.
PlastX will help get rid of the haze.


This is the haze of which I speak. I used UC and foam light cutting pad(pretty sure) with rotary. Didn't spend a lot of time on them. Plus I was using a 6" pad. Think I will try the headlight kit and if nothing else, I will have the Plastx...thoughts?

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/hazey.jpg

Detailing by M
Sep 9th, 2013, 01:31 PM
This is the haze of which I speak. I used UC and foam light cutting pad(pretty sure) with rotary. Didn't spend a lot of time on them. Plus I was using a 6" pad. Think I will try the headlight kit and if nothing else, I will have the Plastx...thoughts?
6" is way to big you need 3" pads.
I don't know exactly what's going on with your lights. It doesn't look like haze but deterorated plastic.
Get 3" pads, and polish it UNTIL it's perfect.
I don't use PlastX

jakes29
Sep 10th, 2013, 06:55 AM
6" is way to big you need 3" pads.
I don't know exactly what's going on with your lights. It doesn't look like haze but deterorated plastic.
Get 3" pads, and polish it UNTIL it's perfect.
I don't use PlastX

Yeah, I know a 6" pad is too big. I was working the hood and just hit the headlights as an afterthought. Might get the headlight kit just to have the drillbit attachment and small pad and try being patient and working the UC/UP a little longer.

If this is deteriorated plastic, will polishing it still work?