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Old 12-13-2006, 09:33 AM   #11
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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?
$12 from the dealer for a new one, $7 on GMPD!
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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?
$12 from the dealer for a new one, $7 on GMPD!
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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?
$12 from the dealer for a new one, $7 on GMPD!
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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?
$12 from the dealer for a new one, $7 on GMPD!
New one on it'* way already That thing has been bugging me for a while now. I think that someone had put Green in with my dexa before I bought the car. The water pump went poop shortly there after and when I pulled it it was all crappy and gooey everywhere. Thick as mud in all spots. So after a flush and new coolant it was all better except for the tank couldn't be cleaned up any more than it is already. So I have just lived with it until now. Getting a new one is much easier, and cheaper then dealing with the cleaning and it will probably never look right anyway.
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What I found out that works the best for polishing is a bench mounted grinder with a buffing wheel, Meguire'* "Plastix" and 3500 to 5000 grit paper.


1. Start by wetsanding the light housing with the 3500 to 5000 grit paper going through all the steps.
2. Apply liberal amounts of "Plastix" to light and give a minor polish and lett bring to a haze.
3. Load the buffer wheel with the polish and work the units back and forth applying little to no pressure, let the wheel do all the work. I keep loading the wheel with polish for about 30 mins per unit running them longitudely switching back and forth every five minutes not to build up heat.
4. After the buffer wheel, the lights will still need a good ole' hand rubbin' to remove the light haze.
5. Apply a good wax and sealer to the lights.
6. Install lights and enjoy the sparklyness
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those look great! I will do that in the summer i think.
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What I found out that works the best for polishing is a bench mounted grinder with a buffing wheel, Meguire'* "Plastix" and 3500 to 5000 grit paper.


1. Start by wetsanding the light housing with the 3500 to 5000 grit paper going through all the steps.
2. Apply liberal amounts of "Plastix" to light and give a minor polish and lett bring to a haze.
3. Load the buffer wheel with the polish and work the units back and forth applying little to no pressure, let the wheel do all the work. I keep loading the wheel with polish for about 30 mins per unit running them longitudely switching back and forth every five minutes not to build up heat.
4. After the buffer wheel, the lights will still need a good ole' hand rubbin' to remove the light haze.
5. Apply a good wax and sealer to the lights.
6. Install lights and enjoy the sparklyness
Yeah, I am aware of the steps. My dad was an automotive painter for 21 years and guess who got to do the sanding....it was a job. Anyway, I was just wondering if this was going to work. I couldn't find anything better than 1500 paper. Anyone know of a good place that doesn't want an arm and a leg for it??. The other problem is that I don't have a buffer yet so I am waiting on finishing them up good. I installed my new HID'* tonight and you can see every little pit mark in the plastic so I am going to have to get in there with some elbow grease and hit them a little harder. Oh well, another day, another time.
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I got a Makita buffer for Christmas and went out to work on the headlights again. Now they look much better.




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Those look great now!

Nothing like having the right tool(*) for the job, huh?
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I found my next project after intake gaskets im even going to clear them up
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