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Old 12-12-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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I have a lot of rock chips in my headlight plastic and was wondering if anyone would think it possible to polish these out. I am a bit scarred to attemp this before seeing what everyone thinks first. Maybe some 3000-4000 grit and some polish?? I don't know how this will work on clear plastic.
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I have a lot of rock chips in my headlight plastic and was wondering if anyone would think it possible to polish these out. I am a bit scarred to attemp this before seeing what everyone thinks first. Maybe some 3000-4000 grit and some polish?? I don't know how this will work on clear plastic.
do a search, the topic of polishing 00+ headlights has been discussed a few times
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I have a lot of rock chips in my headlight plastic and was wondering if anyone would think it possible to polish these out. I am a bit scarred to attemp this before seeing what everyone thinks first. Maybe some 3000-4000 grit and some polish?? I don't know how this will work on clear plastic.
do a search, the topic of polishing 00+ headlights has been discussed a few times
Found them. Thanks. Just wondering what the success has been and if there are any documented photos of the project. If not maybe I will make one.
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IIRC, there has been a pretty good amount of success but can't recall specifically seeing any pics.

The key here is to take your time and have patience. It'* not a ten minute job unfortunately.
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I decided to yank out the ole headlights and give it a shot. They look better but not to the point where I would like them to be. I might have to get a power buffer for a Christmas present to get-r-done. Anyway, while I had them out I decided to go for it and clear the corners while I was at it. Turned out to be a whole lot easier than it seemed. Took me about 30 min for both total. Here is a before and after shot.

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After clearing and buffing them out a bit




I have been doing a little engine detail work lately too so here are a few pictures of what I have done so far.


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Jarod, that looks AWSOME!!!!

Great job!
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Jared, if you get the time, I have a buffer here. If you're up for a mini-meet, we could spend a day working them over.
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did the buffing help at all for you?
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did the buffing help at all for you?
I think that they look better. I just couldn't get enough on them to work out the sandpaper fully and get all the chips out that I wanted. You can see the difference from the before and after pretty well and they look a whole lot better in person then they did. I am looking for good excusses to buy a buffer anyway (or get one for christmas), but if I get some time over the next week before leaving for Christmas I would definately be up for working them over sometime Mr. Wren.
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Nice job on the corners! Hopefully those headlights shine right up too. Might I suggest cleaning out that coolant overflow bottle?
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