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Old 03-04-2010, 06:16 PM
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I tried using Toothpaste today! It worked well to my surprise. I didn't think it would work at first. It takes A Lot of Elbow Grease, but will clean up your Headlights.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKAshYmrExc

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I never said it was easy, but back when I learned the trick, there weren't all the restoration products that are readily available now. We kinda tried stuff and if it worked, we shared the info. You could probably use a buffer or rotary tool, I would just worry about it being too abrasive.
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I bought the 3M kit. It worked really well! It took me about 3 hours to do it. There is even a Video 3M posted on how to do it. It's basically what a real shop would use, just you use a drill!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t1RBw0IGXA

The other kits in the Autoparts Store, which didn't require sanding, didn't seem like they would work. The Toothpaste will only do so much. I guess it would have worked if I spent the whole day rubbing it in.

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I bought the 3M kit. It worked really well!
It sure makes a difference in how the car looks, doesn't it!

Do us a favor- keep track of how this process lasts for you.

Reason I ask, is I did a pair on a '91 Voyager, wet sanded w/varying grits of paper- down to 2K. After about a year, the lenses were about 50%. After 18 months or so, I was back where I started.
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I was considering getting this Kit. It puts a Protective Coating on your Headlights, to ensure you don't need to refinish them again.

Doublehorn Restoration Kit
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Tips on Refinishing Headlights

I found when using the 3M Kit there were some things I'd be careful of.

I was oversanding with the 600 grit sandpaper. The paper would gum up, before you could realize it. It probably would have been helpful to wet the 600 grit paper a little bit.

Also you get only 1 piece of 3000 grit sandpaper. It would have been helpful to have 2 pieces. I did one headlight then I moved onto the other one, but by then the paper was used up. It took me forever to do the other headlight. I would suggest switching back and forth on each side.

You must Tape-up around your Headlights! I would have done a lot of damage to the paint if I didn't! I just used Blue Painters Tape, which worked fine.

I would suggest using a Corded Drill, which is what I used. If you try to use a battery powered Drill, I'm pretty sure the battery will run out before you finish!

As the video says in the beginning, you definitely need a Spray Bottle and some clothes.

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