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Old 12-13-2005, 09:37 PM   #31
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When I got my GTP the (plastic) headlights were a little pitted, but were really yellowed. I took 2000 grit, gave them a good even sanding, you can wet sand if you want, but I saw no reason to. Then I took some fine cut rubbing compound (Flitz would work too) and buffed them, now they are clearer than my Bonnies mint condition glass headlights.
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Just be careful wet sanding and polishing on plastic. You can over-do it in some spots. Don't concentrate on the worst spots and less on the not-so-bad. Do it evenly all the way across.
Yeah, especially on headlights. The plastic used for the housings (at least the 2000-2005 I know for certain) have a "UV" protective coating on them to prevent yellowing from sun exposure. If you wet-sand too deep, you compromise that coating and the housing will be ruined.

I think I would start with a bit more agressive compounding product on a random-orbital polisher; Meguiar'* M83, M84, or 3M Perfect-It II Light or Medium Cut Rubbing Compound would be good choices for the job. Also, it almost looked as if part of the "pitting" was actually in the form of paint overspray (can't tell for certain though). You may want to try a claybar to extract any "grit" before moving on to a polishing/sanding procedure.
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theres some stuff they sell during the "powerblock" on spike tv called flitz. its a brush type thing that fits in almost any drill! then it comes with some polish. not sure if it would work for your application or not.
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I tried the same stuff today that Haro used. Here are the results...

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Tried this on the Lexan on my 2002 Neon

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This stuff works like, well, you know.
Gonna see about getting refund from Walmart
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What about using a cheap can of clear coat. Use as you normally would??
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My 95 had original fogs and they were glass.
my 97'* were plastic.
Those were not OEM fogs. OEM fogs on the 95 were plastic.
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