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Old 04-28-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
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i wetsanded my headlights last year, and ever 4 months-6 months or so, the top starts to oxidize again, and i would have to go back at it with rubbing compound and buffer to get rid of it. is there any way to prevent this from happening? aside from the 3M clear shield/tape thing
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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You can clear coat them, but use the highest quality you can get in a rattle can. Don't put on too many coats as you will get cracks from expansion and contraction. A good automotive clear coat would be best, but if it isn't available to you, use a rattlecan. I cleared mine a year ago and they still look good.

Also keep in mind if you keep wet sanding them, you're going to take off enough material to affect the integrity of the light.

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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i will look into this thankyou
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:24 PM   #4
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why not put Xpel film or Lamin-x film on them? you can get them in clear and you won't even notice they are there. just wetsand them, and whatever else to get them looking new, and then put the film over them and you shouldn't have problems with it.

EDIT: what method are you using to wetsand your lights? i have an extra set that i need to sell and i want to clean them up before i do. do you just use sand paper and water? or do you use one of the 3m kits or whatever?

and i just saw you said "other than the 3m clear shield", why are you against that?
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:28 PM   #5
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why not put Xpel film or Lamin-x film on them? you can get them in clear and you won't even notice they are there. just wetsand them, and whatever else to get them looking new, and then put the film over them and you shouldn't have problems with it.

EDIT: what method are you using to wetsand your lights? i have an extra set that i need to sell and i want to clean them up before i do. do you just use sand paper and water? or do you use one of the 3m kits or whatever?

and i just saw you said "other than the 3m clear shield", why are you against that?
want a cheaper alternative. i havent looked into the pre-cut ones yet.

and to wetsand i use 1000-1500-2000 grit then rubbing compound with a buffer attachment to a power drill and then plasti-x

and everytime they oxidize again i dont completely sand them again i just use rubbing compound and it goes away.

i just ebay'd the 3M headlight overlay and its 45 dollars.. i have a full tub of rubbing compound.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:32 PM   #6
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Do not clear coat the headlights. That is a bad idea.. sorry to say yet it is..

Use the headlight overlay film. Thin version from stickercity.com

Clean the headlights really well and install it just like window tint. I have them on both the Evo and the is300 and the headlights look brand new just as the day i got them.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #7
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want a cheaper alternative. i havent looked into the pre-cut ones yet.

and to wetsand i use 1000-1500-2000 grit then rubbing compound with a buffer attachment to a power drill and then plasti-x

and everytime they oxidize again i dont completely sand them again i just use rubbing compound and it goes away.
ok thanks. when you do the wetsanding how does it come out? is it pretty easy? i've never done it before and since these aren't mine technically i want them to come out good.

you can get a headlight and fog light kit from Xpel, but it's $70. but then again you won't have to worry about having to wetsand them, or buff them anymore. the kit from Lamin-x is $60...

i think doing the clearcoat would work, but i don't think it will keep the headlights from getting pitted and stuff. the films keep them from getting any kind of damage or oxidation.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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ok thanks. when you do the wetsanding how does it come out? is it pretty easy? i've never done it before and since these aren't mine technically i want them to come out good.

you can get a headlight and fog light kit from Xpel, but it's $70. but then again you won't have to worry about having to wetsand them, or buff them anymore. the kit from Lamin-x is $60...

i think doing the clearcoat would work, but i don't think it will keep the headlights from getting pitted and stuff. the films keep them from getting any kind of damage or oxidation.
theres plenty of DIY articles on how to wetsand, IMO you cant really mess up.. its pretty time consuming however, and make sure you tape the surrounding areas of hood/fender/bumper nicely. have plenty of water, and just go at it.
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you can mess up..

600-800-1000-1200

Cross hatch the paper each change up from grit. Using M3 rubbing compound after finished and install the headlight film.. You can say what its going to cost yet after your done

YOUR DONE!!! wont have to do it again.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:03 AM   #10
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i have read not to wet sand the headlights as there is a protective film overtop of them. i must have misunderstood, or what? i read that wetsanding your headlights over and over again will ensure repeated oxidation.
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you can mess up..

600-800-1000-1200

Cross hatch the paper each change up from grit. Using M3 rubbing compound after finished and install the headlight film.. You can say what its going to cost yet after your done

YOUR DONE!!! wont have to do it again.
this sounds like the most promising route to take, in my opinion.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:04 AM   #12
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:26 AM   #13
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i have read not to wet sand the headlights as there is a protective film overtop of them. i must have misunderstood, or what? i read that wetsanding your headlights over and over again will ensure repeated oxidation.
yes that is right. that is why he is trying to find something to put over them to prevent them from oxidising. if you go with the clear bra or laminx or xpel it takes care of the problem. if you just wetsand then it leaves them unprotected.
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where can i get one of those laminx or xpel things?
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