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Old 10-28-2014, 01:36 AM
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Headlight Restoration

So this is the second pair of headlamps on my sisters jeep, and they started to cloud up a bit I have a special way of handling this so lets gets started.
Things needed:
Painters Tape (blue)
1000 Grit wet/dry sandpaper
2000 Grit wet/dry sandpaper
Bucket with water
microfiber towel or any will work
Meguiars Plastx
Mothers Headlight Restoration Kit
Power Drill
Small cup or the butt of a plastic bottle
Mineral Spirits
Minwax Helmsman Semi Gloss


Start by taping around the light area make sure to cover as much area as possible so it wont touch the body of the car.




Start with the 1000 grit wet sandpaper dip it in water constantly, and work by sanding down the light clean up with a towel to see if you missed any areas and once done it should look something similar to this.


Next move to the 2000 grit to finish off same process keep the sandpaper wet, work throughout the whole light and dry off and the light should look more visible like this..


Dry off the area replace tape if needed, now put the powerball on the end of your drill squeeze some Meguiars Plastx about the size of a dime in the center, and start working from one end to the other this will remove all fine scratches we just did with the sandpaper and give it the look were looking for. Once done it should look something like this. Wipe off any Residue with towel or cloth


Next we will use Mothers Polish, this will give it a little more shine, same process put about a dime size of polish on the powerball and work it trough..


Now the most important part, we will now seal the light there are many products out there that will do this there are sprays, but only last you a couple months and then you start to see that cloudy headlight again.. we will now mix 1 part of mineral spirits and 1 part of minwax spar urethane onto a cup.. you will not need more than what I made this will go a long way for both headlights.




Fold a napkin, something similar to what I have give the mixture a good little stir and it should look nicely mixed. If the napkin is not brown the minwax is not mixed all the way trough. And start working yourself in a up down motion you will see streaks of it be patient and dont rush this process if you mess up it cleans up with straight mineral spirits and start again. You only need one good coat of this. The streaks end up bonding together and become less visible when it begins to dry.




And this is the finished work, Dont touch for a good hr depending on the weather. And your done you have crystal clear headlights that make the jeep look even better! I have done about 13 cars using this process starting since March of 2014 and the cars headlights still look exactly as I left them.


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Re: Headlight Restoration

Nice work! Where did you get the idea to use Minwax?
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Good job man they came out looking like new. Also great write up!
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Re: Headlight Restoration

Thanks guys! Thought i shared something useful.
The idea came from using minwax on other products other than wood, and it has held up pretty good. Then i just decided to mess around with it and try it on the headlights and i loved the result, the only problem i was thinking was what about if i want to remove it once its fully dry?? So I got some mineral spirits again took some time but i took it all off it lays down a really strong layer.. once i got it all off i re-did the process again on one of my cars.
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I donīt know this Minwax, is it a brand or some special kind of wax?
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I donīt know this Minwax, is it a brand or some special kind of wax?
Sounds like its for wood. Funny how different things can be used for different stuff besides their intended purpose.
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I donīt know this Minwax, is it a brand or some special kind of wax?


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Minwax - Wood Projects are Simply Not Complete Without Minwax!


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Minwax is an affordable alternative to buying sealers for u.v.
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Re: Headlight Restoration

here is more info on the minwax that was used. What sealed the deal for me was the UV blockers. And its only 12 bucks plus 4 for the mineral spirits. And i think it last longer than those spray sealers.
Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane - Exterior Polyurethane Finish | Minwax
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Idk, i purchased a uv spray through amazon and its been a great chemical. Granted ita not $15
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