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Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:40 pm 
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just wondering, i am trying to fix up the colour of one of my headlights on a 96 fairmont tryed that sanding back but it does not look as good as the new one. how much is a new light lens? are they easy to remove/replace? what price are they? Is it worth sanding it again?

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:46 am 
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You can't but just the lens, you would have to buy a whole Headlight assembly. Yes they are pricey, sorry I haven't got a price.

There is a doc or post around here somewhere on polishing the lenses. Its usually quite effective

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:06 am 
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theres a doco on it some where, but try using scratchx polish...
or something like that
sand them back a little with the finest sandpaper... and put the scrathx polish on the sandpaper... and yeh
buff it too

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:17 pm 
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i have already sanded it back but it didn't come up like new as i expected, as i have one brand new one i could compare. i am going to try it again and use plexus this tim. you say pu t the polish on the sand paper? thanks for the feedback

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:28 am 
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Have faith, you can make a headlight look new again through sanding/polishing. It just you gotta make em worse before you make them better again, and it takes fking ages.

Im currently doing mine,
First I sanded with 400 grit wet&dry until it was evenly dull,
then 800, and finally 1500. All with Scratch X and then finally buffing the crap out of it with a cloth and more Scratch X and Plexus. So far it looks almost new, and im confident with more buffing it will look new.
Previously there was nasty crows feet s**t and it was rough as guts.

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:39 am 
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It is important to initially remove enough of the crappy surface to make the end result better. When you're sanding, ensure you also sand alternately at 90 degrees so you get a cross hatch sanding pattern - you'll find it won't take as long to reach the finished product. When you pour clean water over the lens, it gives you an idea of the end finish - the water fills the scratches. Conversely, if you wipe dry the lens, it will give you a better indication whether you've removed initially enough of the degraded surface.

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:00 am 
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I was also finding there was a distinct (yet very thin) film of plastic, which when sanding hard could be seen breaking off in segments revealing an almost new looking surface under it.

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:31 am 
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justs as easy to buy a new (out of the box) headlight. paid $75 for one after i hit a kangeroo
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Ugly Igley wrote:
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