How To: Wetsand your headlights - Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'How-To Submissions' started by mcdonald58, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    this how to is explaining how to wetsand your headlights. this is an effective and cheap way to get oxidation of your headlights and restore them. i payed $15 for all materials. heres the material list:
    1. 800-1200 grit sand paper
    2. cup of water
    3. meguiars plast x
    4. buffing pad
    5. painting tape
    6. cloth
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    let the sandpaper soak in the water for about a minute before starting.
    tape off around your head light the plast x can make a mess on your paint.
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    start wetsanding your headlight. make sure you have moisture on the sand paper at all times. i went in a grid pattern to make sure i did everything evenly. wipe off the water occasionally so you can see your progress.
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    start applying the palst x using the buffing pad. i again went in the same grid pattern wiping off the extra plast x after each pass. i did three passes until i was done.
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    the more work you put into this the better results you will get. it took me about a half hour to do this job completely. i did three wetsands and three polishes on each headlight and i think i got good results.

    i couldnt figure out how to delter the three pictures at the bottom.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 21, 2013
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  3. 03crewcab

    03crewcab Real Trucks Rattle

    Great write up, man. I plan on doing this to my Ranger this weekend. Headlights are really foggy and yellow.
  4. Diablo

    Diablo New Member

    nice write up, I have also used " clear coat" after the wetsanding was done and water all dried.
  5. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    Great write up!
  6. OP

    mcdonald58 New Member

    thanks guys. i notice a difference between appearance and functionality of my headlights. clinton- can you see if you can delete those three pics as the bottom? i couldnt figure out how to.
  7. 03crewcab

    03crewcab Real Trucks Rattle

    Is the light output better now that the headlights are sanded/polished? I did mine last Sunday and light output is brighter now. I won't say it's 100x better, but it's better than before. After sanding, I polished the headlights twice and they look good. One more coat, and they'll look almost perfect.
  8. OP

    mcdonald58 New Member

    Yea it improved a little bit nothing dramatic though. My new bulbs are what made the difference.
  9. 03crewcab

    03crewcab Real Trucks Rattle

    Cool. Yeah I plan on getting better bulbs as well. I used to have some aux lights but sold them, so the extra light is needed when driving on back roads at night.

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