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If your headlights look a bit muddy, use this as a sign to clean them up. Believe it or not, it’s really not that difficult, and it can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your vehicle. The video above shows Larry Kosilla of AMMO, who will step through the process of repairing the headlights, solving common errors and detailing the exact content required to execute the project from start to finish. We also provide links below for any work you may need. Of course, always remember that every car is different, which means that the process may vary from vehicle to vehicle. Before doing any kind of work on your car, be sure to consult your manual.
First, you need some masking tape to tape the area around the headlights. Any masking tape will do, but if you need to pick up a new roll of paper, this is as good as any tape.
Chances are that you already have some of these towels in the garage, but if you buy some new microfiber towels in the market, these are a good choice. These Amazon Basics cleaning cloths are 12″ x 16″ in size and come in 24 pieces, so you have many choices when lighting your headlights.
Obviously, any old spray bottle can do the job, but we do promise that this list will be “everything you need”, so in case you need to pick up a new one, this is a super affordable option for “comfortable catch” Ground Force” trigger.
In this process, you need to use sanding blocks at several different points, and this package provides you with two options, one price. Whether it is a round or mouse-shaped design, it is suitable for standard 5-inch sander discs. They can be used for wet or dry grinding, and their design allows users to change the grinding disc quickly and easily.
For the work of repairing the headlights, you only need a few sanding discs. In fact, you should only need a 1,000 grit disc, a 1,500 grit disc, and a 3,000 grit disc. This bundle includes all of these and more. Although you can go to your local hardware store and save a few dollars by buying a la carte, this package is very affordable and hardly worth the trouble.
In our operation video above, Larry suggested using your “favorite” compound to do the job. Well, this is one of us. Meguiar’s is a trusted and respected brand in the automotive industry. Although you can use almost any compound you like, this one is 20 ounces. The bottle is a good choice.
Don’t worry, you won’t drill holes in the headlights for any reason, but the drill bit helps connect the wool pad to the composite part of the headlight restoration. We provide wool pad and adapter options below, but if you don’t have an electric drill by your side, this Black+Decker light cordless electric drill is a good choice. It’s less than $30 and it’s hard to ignore.
This 22-piece set includes 16 sponge polishing pads, 2 Wool cushion, 2 drill adapters and 2 suction cups. For your headlight project, you may only need a wool pad, a polishing pad and a drill bit adapter, but at this price, it is easy to keep some extras.
You really have nothing to say about rubbing alcohol. Is it alcohol? Yes. Can you use it on headlights as part of the repair process? Right. Feel free to pick up these 16 ounces. Bottle or use any old rubbing alcohol you have around the house.
Just like the composite part of your project, you can also use your favorite polish, but if you are looking for recommendations, this one is reliable. It is effective when used by hand or with a polishing machine, and should be able to remove the vortex and towel marks on the headlight well.
Last but not least, you need to spray some UV protective coating on the headlights to ensure that all your hard work for the headlights will not be wasted after a few days of sun damage. You can choose any UV paint you like, but please be sure to read the instructions of any one you choose before applying. For less than $10, this option from Meguiar’s is a good choice.
Video transcription instructions:
[00:00:00] Headlights are like the eyes of your car. When they are dim, yellow, and foggy, seeing clearly at night may become a problem. During the day, it looks like this.Learn how to restore their clarity today Blog details. This car is introduced in detail from beginning to end in episode 10. Visit autoblog.com/details to view the entire detailed conversion. The first step is to open the hood or tape around the area to avoid damage to the paint.
[00:00:30] Masking tape is very suitable for this application. Wash the headlights with water and a microfiber towel to remove any heavy debris that may interfere with the sand tray. Place 1000 grit sandpaper on the foam block and move it left and right during the process, without circles, up and down, and no water. This is called dry sanding. You will notice that the skin of the dead lamp is peeling, leaving a white residue. This is normal, so don’t panic.
[00:01:00] Once the headlights are evenly polished from side to side, wipe or blow off the dust on the surface of the headlights. Any remaining dust may contaminate the next process, causing deeper scratches or haze, which may be a challenge to complete, so cleaning is very important.place 1500 Grind on the foam block and spray sandpaper with water, then apply it to the lamp. Just a few quick sprays are enough. This is called wet sanding. Now move the paper up and down instead of moving left and right as in the first step.
[00:01:30] This is done to offset the first trace of sandpaper in the opposite direction. When finished, spray water on the headlights and wipe again to make sure there are no particles remaining in the next step. Next switch to 3000 sandpaper and repeat the same process, but move left and right again to offset the 1500 sandpaper sanding marks produced in the previous step. This is your last hand polishing. It polishes the headlights to the point where they can be easily repaired with a machine.
[00:02:00] The polisher will obtain very fine markings from the headlights more consistently than by hand. So step by step manual refinement until the machine can be used is the safest way to complete this project. Next, use microfiber cutting mats or wool mats and your favorite compound to compound 3000 grit sanding marks on the headlights. This can be done with a household drill or a three-inch detailing machine. I chose to use a three-inch pneumatic device because I can use compressed air. After using the compound a few times, the headlight lens should look clearer.
[00:02:30] After thorough compounding, quickly polish the plastic with a foam pad and your favorite polishing agent to remove any superfine scratches left after the compounding step. Use the detail lights to check your work, or directly turn on the headlights themselves to get a better view of the lens. If everything is normal, wipe the headlights with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil stains or polishing agent residues in preparation for the final protective coating. After the process is completed, a UV protective coating should be applied to the lens immediately.
[00:03:00] Obviously, the original UV coating applied in the factory has faded, and any remaining things will be removed from the previous grinding step. Therefore, if no treatment is performed, the application of a new UV layer is essential to avoid hazy or yellow lenses in weeks or even days. Before applying any UV protection, be sure to read the instructions for the specific coating. Finally, apply a UV coating at a distance of 4 to 6 inches from the lens at a medium arm speed. Let dry for three to five minutes, then apply a second coat.
[00:03:30] Do not remove the masking tape for at least 15 to 20 minutes, and avoid wetting the lens for at least two hours to allow the coating to cure properly. Remember, the coating doesn’t look very smooth at first, but once it dries, it will flatten and you can’t even tell its existence.This Maintain During the repair of the whole vehicle, 10 episodes were played continuously from beginning to end. You can view the entire process at autoblog.com/details. Finally, restoring the headlights is more than just a cosmetic repair. It can increase the light output by 20-30%, helping you see the road and go home safely.
[00:04:00] If you find this video helpful, please like or subscribe to share and learn about all the latest detailed videos Automatic blog Page. This is Larry Kosilla from ammonyc.com. Thanks for watching.