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Old 09-19-2017, 04:43 PM
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Default I'm a little O.C.D. ...

And I am fine with that. I don't post on here really ay all, but my friends are getting tired of me sharing updates about my car.

I bought my car knowing it was far from perfect, but I enjoy the challenge. Ever since I bought the car my life has been a wild ride (Stitches, lost a friend, broken bones, trying to start my own shop, hit a coyote with the car, and more)
. Any how, I have finally gotten to work on it. I started with repairing the coyote damage, cleaning, adjusting, and making everything perfect. I've started tiddy'ing up the interior, & this week end I am pulling the trans.
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Not sure where my pictures are.....?
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This is why you shouldn't buy cheap "ebay" or "amazon" parts. They are crap and they break.
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But luckily for me, I can fix anything AND make it better....
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the 06 headlight is a vast improvement in looks as well as function. something to consider if you're ocd.
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What’s wrong with the transmission??
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Originally Posted by JAC-Z33 View Post
Are you pointing out fogged up vs not fogged up? If so, what did you use? The one on the right looks brand-spanking new !
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Are you pointing out fogged up vs not fogged up? If so, what did you use? The one on the right looks brand-spanking new !

The clear one looked like the foggy one before I began. I also did some painting on the clear one.

I am pretty proud of my method & love to share;

You do need a dual action buffer. If you are really good with a high speed buffer, that works as well, but the plastic can burn or haze quickly. I guess you could hand polish as well, but that will be a lot of work.

Items:
A clay bar
Dual action buffer
Medium or light/medium pad & light/finish pad
Medium polish & fine polish (I am using chemical guys V34, V36, & V38 right now & like it. You don't have to go to the V38 tho realy)

800 grit wet/dry sand paper
3M 1200/1500 performance soft sanding sponge (sponge is very important)
3M white Super fine hand pad (like a green scouring pad)

Sorry I listed the item out of order but this is how is goes.

If you are not removing headlights from your car, tape of the areas around the lens

1. Clean headlight lens with soap & water
2. Clay bar (you don't have to, but this endures you do not drag dirt through the sand paper or buffer
3. Rinse
4. Take 800 grit wet/dry sand paper & fold it around one of the sanding sponges. Keep the sand paper wet & carefully sand in a cross hatch patern. Dry & check frequently. You want a solid & smooth white haze.
5. Rinse, dry, & check for uniformity (all silky white)
6. With water sand again sand with 3M 1200/1500 performance soft sanding sponge. Occasionally dry & check for uniformity. You should have a smooth hazy/translucent finish now.
7. Rinse thoroughly
8. Rub it down wet one more time with the 3M white Super fine sanding pad. You should end with an almost clear lense.
9. Rinse & dry thoroughly
10. Re tape if needed
11. Start buffing with a medium to light/medium buffining pad & the V34. First cross hatch passes with medium pressure, then a few passes with light pressure. Then wipe clear.
12. Repeat step 11 with same pad, but V36 comound.
13. Repeat step 11 again, but with the light/finishing pad & V38
14. Show off!

I'll make a video on this soon. There are variations & different techniques, but this is the one that never fails me.


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Originally Posted by bmccann101 View Post
the 06 headlight is a vast improvement in looks as well as function. something to consider if you're ocd.
That is what I really want. I don't drive much at night though, so I am honestly going to weight both types & pickthe lightest. It seems silly, but that's just me.
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Trying to restore some rough track wheels. I still want to paint them bronze or copper.
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Some of the progress pictures. I liked the dual lighting source & played with some of these on my SnapSeed app.
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Paint and bake, just like econo paint, or macco.
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Some more pics of the headlights
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Good job on the headlights. I might try this on my daily tonight except with a custom pad I made and meguiars ultimate(works better than stuff I paid triple for)
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Originally Posted by JAC-Z33 View Post
1. Clean headlight lens with soap & water
2. Clay bar (you don't have to, but this endures you do not drag dirt through the sand paper or buffer
3. Rinse
4. Take 800 grit wet/dry sand paper & fold it around one of the sanding sponges. Keep the sand paper wet & carefully sand in a cross hatch patern. Dry & check frequently. You want a solid & smooth white haze.
5. Rinse, dry, & check for uniformity (all silky white)
6. With water sand again sand with 3M 1200/1500 performance soft sanding sponge. Occasionally dry & check for uniformity. You should have a smooth hazy/translucent finish now.
7. Rinse thoroughly
8. Rub it down wet one more time with the 3M white Super fine sanding pad. You should end with an almost clear lense.
9. Rinse & dry thoroughly
10. Re tape if needed
11. Start buffing with a medium to light/medium buffining pad & the V34. First cross hatch passes with medium pressure, then a few passes with light pressure. Then wipe clear.
12. Repeat step 11 with same pad, but V36 comound.
13. Repeat step 11 again, but with the light/finishing pad & V38
14. Show off!
You're going to want to spray some UV protectant clearcoat on those lights after all the stripping you just did or they're going to cloud out pretty fast. They do look nice though
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You're going to want to spray some UV protectant clearcoat on those lights after all the stripping you just did or they're going to cloud out pretty fast.
This is true. I've polished lights before(no sand) and they fogged back up within a year.
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Very nice !

Also check sideskirts for decades of dirt and grime

also rear bumper space is nest for spiders

keep it up !
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