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    Headlight restoration

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    You may have seen many ways to restore headlights
    The best way in my opinion is to wet sand with 800grit to remove the yellow haze and any crap
    Wipe down with alcohol wipes
    Your headlight should look like this



    Then spray with a good quality lacquer following the instructions provided with the lacquer
    Im using a 2k lacquer for a better finish

    After a single coat your headlight should look like this



    Applied a couple more coats

    Once its fully dry (in a few days) i will be wet sanding it again and 2 stage polish to get it clear/smooth as glass and no orange peel

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    Nice job there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unilateral View Post
    Nice job there
    Cheers Karl. I'm getting impatient though with the drying. Want these back on the car. It's taken about a year for me to get round to repairing these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo_miah View Post
    You may have seen many ways to restore headlights
    The best way in my opinion is to wet sand with 800grit to remove the yellow haze and any crap
    Wipe down with alcohol wipes
    Your headlight should look like this



    Then spray with a good quality lacquer following the instructions provided with the lacquer
    Im using a 2k lacquer for a better finish

    After a single coat your headlight should look like this



    Applied a couple more coats

    Once its fully dry (in a few days) i will be wet sanding it again and 2 stage polish to get it clear/smooth as glass and no orange peel
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    ​2015 Sri vx line nav Biturbo . Sri heated leather.5500k AFL . Vx line 20s,8inch LCD dash . LED Fog surrounds.30mm lowering springs.20mm H&R spacers all round. Mtec drilled discs all round. Auto wipers .VX puddle lights.

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    Like new! I hate seeing cars driving around with dull light covers.
    2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Sri Nav 1.5 (165ps) Turbo petrol in Lava Red - Keyless entry and start - 18” bi colour alloy wheels - Front fog lights - Tinted rear windows - Aluminium sports pedals - Ambient interior led lighting - Front sports seats with driver’s AGR - Front and rear parking assist - Active emergency braking - Forward collision assist - Front pedestrian alert - Traffic sign recognition - Lane keep assist - Cruise control - Speed warning and limiter - Voice recognition - Bluetooth - Duel zone climate control - Front and rear electric windows - High beam assist - Auto lights - Auto wipers - OnStar connection - Wifi hotspot - 8” colour touchscreen Navi 900 incorporating Androidauto/Apple CarPlay and DAB

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    Would love to quit my day job and open a car garage/detailing/mod shop, but people don't seem to modify cars as much as they used to

    Once i get the AFL reps back in the car i might modify the halogen lamps i have on the car at the moment with some mini h1 projectors and led drls/indicators and put them up for sale

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    Used one of the kits you can buy to restore headlights, needed for my previous Vec as the lenses we shocking. Before they felt almost rough to touch, but after smooth as glass. Roughly 20 mins each side. 3 levels of wet & dry, 2000 grit, 3000 grit, 5000 grit, then polish compound and finally lens UV protector/sealer. Here's the before & after (different sides but both looked the same before starting)
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    2017-01-28 (1) by Jonese _, on Flickr
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    2017-01-28 (2) by Jonese _, on Flickr

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    Makes the car look new when the headlight lenses sparkle like that.
    2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Sri Nav 1.5 (165ps) Turbo petrol in Lava Red - Keyless entry and start - 18” bi colour alloy wheels - Front fog lights - Tinted rear windows - Aluminium sports pedals - Ambient interior led lighting - Front sports seats with driver’s AGR - Front and rear parking assist - Active emergency braking - Forward collision assist - Front pedestrian alert - Traffic sign recognition - Lane keep assist - Cruise control - Speed warning and limiter - Voice recognition - Bluetooth - Duel zone climate control - Front and rear electric windows - High beam assist - Auto lights - Auto wipers - OnStar connection - Wifi hotspot - 8” colour touchscreen Navi 900 incorporating Androidauto/Apple CarPlay and DAB

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    I'm surprised more people don't do that, it really does make a huge difference to the look of the car
    When a car is clean and looks good makes you feel better about driving it

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    Been a few days and the lacquer has dried so wet sanded them with 1500-2000-2500 grit paper. Then polished with megs 105/205 combo with Das 6 pro da polisher
    Heres the final result



    The lacquer feels so smooth and no orange peel. The lacquer is uv resistant so should stop them going hazy again

 

 

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