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Old 10-29-2011, 04:24 PM
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Meguiar's PlastX works great, afterward you can follow up with your favorite wax and it will last for a while.

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Here is an update and after we learned something about the procedure.
The car now has another 10,000 miles on it reading 240,000 as I change oil every 20,000 mark and that was yesterday.

Only issue I have had is in the morning once in a while someone will flip the brights at me, so the clear is reflecting the lights different best I can figure but I have noticed I can see better when driving in the dark now and to think I thought it was just old age, having a hard time driving at night. LOL

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Originally Posted by BMM
I'd use a promotor, yes. Never tried headlights, but guys tint their tailights all the time. I actually just did mine on the weekend, 3 coats of tinted clear, followed by a coat of normal clear.

As far as heat goes...My headlights never get as hot as my black car does sitting out in 30+degree sunshine.

If you are looking for some protection, why not consider something like Lamin-X? Its a clear (or tinted) film, applies really easy. Certainley better results then I think you'd get from a rattle can of clear coat. The stuff resists chipping much more than clear coat, and when it does eventually get beat up and full of scratches, just peel it off and apply new stuff.
You tinted your tailights Barry????? with what ??? a candie or paint in the clear.Your truck is black,right ???? This is very interesting because I wanted to try tinting tailights to the body color ,what ever it may be...
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Yellowing headlights........

Hi,yesterday,i used the 3M headlight kit on mine,it worked great,3 coats of wax,which i will re-apply about every 2 months or lights were so yellow,at nite you could barely see...
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Keep us up dated, I know I did the polish trick to both my cars with flush lamps and they came out great.....for about six months and that was it. Now I never re-waxed them, maybe that is the trick.

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I smoked my headlights a few years ago and they look pretty good. You first have to figure out if someone before you did the same thing. I had clear or some type of film on mine and spent a great deal sanding it out. I used 1000. Then used some cheap bulldog adhesive promoter.Smoking can be troublesome in getting the right color cause it's like staining wood, the more layers the darker it gets. I just used a few drops of black in my clear. You have to make sure you mix it well with the clear. Then polish.
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Thing is, if you just do the proper prep and clear never have to worry about it. It really saves you in the long run. I do quite a bit of this work at the shop. Whats funny is, I find it more common on higher-end cars. Beats me..

You can either keep fighting with them and waxing and rubbing...or do it once and never worry about it. Even doing it yourself if you have the ability and tools, your only extra cost is the paint materials. you spend just as much time rubbing them as you do prepping them for paint.
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When I first smoked the lights on my dodge I sanded them, cleaned then then used and adhesion promotor. That was a bad idea as it made the plastic get hairline cracks everywhere so it was taillight buying time. Got new lights, sanded with 600. Mixed two small batches of universal clear one with black candy and the other regular. Shot two coats of candy then two coats regular, wetsanded and buffed the next day, haven't had issue since. I have done headlights the same way and not one stone chip on them.
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had a 86 escort a while back and the headlights were bad this was before the headlight polishs came out and the way i cleaned my lights up was i wet sanded them starting with i belive 400 and ended with 2000 then used plastic polish then a couple of coats of clear and lasted about a year or a year and a half
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