Monday, April 5, 2010

Headlight Restoration


I have been wanting to clean Taj's headlights up for sometime now and today just seemed like a good day to do it.

I purchased the Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit for right around $20 a couple months back.


The kit has almost everything needed to complete the project with the exception of a drill motor. A rechargeable 3/8" drill is the perfect tool for this job as it spins slow enough to not do damage to the plastic headlight lense.

The image above is a before shot. It doesn't show the true story though. The headlights had a very yellow color to the lenses and look much worse in person than this picture portrays. The clouding and color comes from constant exposure to sun, polution and other contaminants. It is a very common problem and quite simple to fix.

This picture was taken after about 15 minutes of work with the Meguiar's Kit. The blue tape is the easy removal painter's masking tape. I put it there to protect the other areas while working on the lights.

The process is simple. Mask off the area, apply the compound to the drill mounted buffing pad then carefully work the area with it at slow speed until you are satisfied with the results.

There are many other ways to do this, but the Meguiar's kit worked well enough for me and the results were decent.

8 comments:

  1. Nice job...one I need to do to the Mazda truck when I get to Lolo. I have a differnt kit of three polishes..I'll let you know how it works...

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  2. Thanks for the comments Mark and Pam! Yeah, Taj is happy to be able to see again!

    -Mike

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  3. I like that way Pam knew how Taj would feel being able to see again. I read all the stuff on buying a new rig as well and will read it again before we actually start looking in earnest. Your blog has so much useful information. Thanks, Mom

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  4. I just did this on the Campfire and you're right, world of difference. My drill battery died at the end, but it had already been put through some heavy use since being recharged and it was starting to rain anyway. It will be interesting to see how much brighter they are at night, the next time I have a clear enough one to compare to anyway, lol.

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  5. First, I always doubted it would work. But then it just came, I had to try it out and worked better than I expected it.

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