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Old 06-26-2012, 11:18 PM
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That's not bad. The lights on my mom's Protégé need a restore. They were cleared not too long ago but no sealant was used so they are cloudy once again. Always remember the sealing solution.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:27 PM
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Thanx for posting your experiment! I stood in the store the other day debating which product to get--walked away without getting either...wasn't sure if either would do a good job... I like the wipe on wipe off--to me worth a couple extra bucks...
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:24 PM
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Having been busy elsewhere I finally picked up a "Headlamp Restore" kit from the local Harbor Freight Tools for the grand sum of $8.99 (with $1 discount leaflet).
Two small wet/dry scourer pads plus a larger foam backed polisher and some fine polishing "goop" - it certainly took a lot of the bloom of the lens but the "nipple" in the middle of the lens caught the pads and soon destroyed them...
That being said, they looked better, so checking them out a few days later I note that both seemed to have water INSIDE a small hole bored at bottom center produced a neat little cascade of water

So, now I know the units are not sealed I'm determined to simply replace them - Amazon have a pair for $42 and change - for some odd reason the three retailers are all based in California.

More on this when they arrive and no doubt will give me more grief
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:03 PM
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I know at my work we have a 3m supplied kit, comes with 500 grit, 800 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 grit, 3000 grit, a polishing/cleaning compound, and a sealing compound. The 500-1000 grits are 3 inch pads that fit on a DA. The 2000 and 3000 are both pads that are hand sanded, and the polishing is done with a 3 inch polisher with 2 different pads. Takes about 15 minutes per headlight once you're used to the system, but restores them to near-new condition. We use it mostly to make the 2 headlight match better when we replace one due to an accident.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:17 AM
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I recommend tooth paste I've used the kits before and found that toothpaste got the same result and was quicker
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:28 PM
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A good thing to do to prevent this is go out and buy ur self some chapstick with atleast 15 spf And apply that to your headlights it will prevent them from yellowing because the spf reflects the sun so it doesnt turn yellow. Make sence? Idk i kindof confused my self
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:54 PM
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Finally found time to fit the replacement headlamps. Haynes manual says "remove clips at rear of light unit and pull unit out from the front" - yeah, Right!
In fact I had to unbolt and move away the side light unit AND the grill to do the job.
The only downside so far is that the two mounts on the unit that slide through holes and are fixed by clips allow the unit to swivel slightly, not sure how to fix this.
The units came complete with bulbs so the bulbs for the old ones are now handy spares!
I'll post a few photos later.
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