Thank for the video as always! I just purchased the 3M brand from amazon but it doesn’t include the sealant/clear coat.I used Meguiar's in the Summer of 2018. It's been almost two years and holds well (marketed to last at least 12 months):
However next time I'm going to try a non-polishing method, where you just use sand paper (3 different grits) and then you simply apply good clear coat on top of fully clouded headlights. I've seen results and those are awesome! And much simplier to do.
Thank for the instructions! Is this manual sanding or you used cordless power drill? Is that a good clear spray you recommended?Save your money, you don't need a kit. Plus none of the kits provide true lasting protection. They will be cloudy again in several months to a year depending on your garaging and daytime sun exposure.
I've been playing with several sets and have pretty much dialed in the process. Get some wet/dry sand paper in 400 and 800 grit variety and a can of clear spray paint with UV protection. I used this. Begin by taping off around the headlight and then cut a hole the right size/shape in a large garbage bag and use that to protect the area around the headlight. Using the garbage bag is much better than newspaper or similar because of wet sanding and rinsing. Start with 400 grit and wet sand the headlight until the oxidation is removed and you have a uniform appearance across them entire surface. Rinsing during the process occasionally to view progress is a good thing. Then progress to 800 grit and wet sand until you have the entire surface once again uniform and smooth. It can help to make the last pass with the 800 grit in a horizontal motion to create light ridges to help the clear coat to grab better and not run. Rinse well, blow out any water in the crevices around the light and dry off then wipe with a micro fiber cloth soaked with acetone and give it a minute to dry. Now you are ready for clear coat. The real key is very, very light coats, especially the first couple. Resist the urge to spray heavy enough to leave a smooth finish. Over applying will cause the paint to crack as it dries. Wait 10 minutes between coats and apply 4-5 thin coats and the last coat you can go a tad heavier to smooth out the finish if you want, just don't get carried away or it will run. Again, I can't emphasize enough the light coats and 10 minutes between coats. It's harder than you think to wait lol.
Don't try to clear coat after using that kit. Ask me how I know.Thank for the video as always! I just purchased the 3M brand from amazon but it doesn’t include the sealant/clear coat.
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Ok. I canceled the kit and ordered the clear coat you recommended. And get the sand paper from Home Depot. Just to be clear, you wet sand by hand from 400, 800 and down to 2000 grit?Don't try to clear coat after using that kit. Ask me how I know.
I didn't used a kit because I have a good buffer and could do the polishing a lot faster than using the contracption in the kit with a drill, but the result is the same. I got a nice, clean, smooth finish by finishing with 2000 grit sand paper then polishing, but then the surface is too smooth for the clear to grab. It literally slid down the headlight as I was spraying it. The videos showing the same process I described is the way to go. I followed up a week later and wet sanded the painted headlights with 800 grit then 2000 grit then polished them out. Wasn't that much better than I had with just paint, but I like to play lol.
Replying to your next question, all the wet sanding I did was by hand. Too many tight spots to use a sander. Yes, the UPOL is really good stuff. You can order from Amazon, but I got mine from a local automotive paint store. They really aren't geared toward retail and typically just supply local body and detail shops. It's the stuff that the local detailers use, much better than anything you can buy at Walmart or the like.
You won't be sorry. I've been experimenting for several years and finally stuck on this procedure. Obviously there are others out there that figured it out before I did, but after you've done a few sets you figure it out. Hopefully you knock it out of the park the first time. Like all things paint related good prep is the key, so don't skip or skimp. The sand paper can be had at any Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.Ok. I canceled the kit and ordered the clear coat you recommended.
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Hahaha I tried that believe it or not and it looked decent for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes it’s back to where it was! It was a decent 5 minutes trick!Simple, do it ol' skool.......Just use WD40 sprayed on a piece of paper towel. Wipe over the plastic. Looks good as new. Takes all of 5 - 10 minutes. Yes, you may have to repeat monthly.....but it's simple and easy.