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Headlamp refurb

Unread postby Wullie480 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:00 pm

Headlamp refurb.

I start with 800 grit & finish with 2000 grit.

What youll need is wet & dry sandpaper wise 800 - 1000 - 1200 - 1500 - 2000 grit

I use the sandpaper wet you can either use water from a bucket, basin etc I use a spray bottle as it help rinse the lens as well.

How the light started.

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I use a water sprayer like this (keep surface wet during sanding and rinse with fresh water regularly).

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First sand keep straight and flat.

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Ensure to remove the coating fully (you can see the difference in the pic)

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Next stage sand at 90 degrees to the first stage.

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Work you way through the different grades getting finer every time and alternating 90 degrees everytime.

Few pics of the different sanding stages.

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Once you have worked your way to the finest sandpaper dry off and apply some T-cut

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And polish up.

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I finnished off with Polish and wax.

Finnished light as well as comparison pics.

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Unread postby baconbuttyman » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:14 pm

excellent how too, and very useful.
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Unread postby COLVERT » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:21 pm

Good post Wullie.

Must give mine a good seeing to before the next MOT. ( CT, here in France )






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Unread postby Poppy » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:53 pm

Absolutely amazing Wullie....... :shock: (BOW) (clap) (cool) (cool) (mgrclub)
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Unread postby Wullie480 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:27 pm

I've still one to do so I'll take a few pics & detail the how to a bit more.
Each headlight takes about an hour or so to do properly.
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Unread postby Poppy » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:37 pm

Wullie480 wrote:I've still one to do so I'll take a few pics & detail the how to a bit more.
Each headlight takes about an hour or so to do properly.




Hi Wullie...... I tried to do mine about a month ago..... :? (getmecoat) Knackered I am afraid..... :shock: (getmecoat) :lol: What you have done is brilliant.... (shrug) (BOW)
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Unread postby blacknwhite » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:19 pm

Did mine on the Connie last year by the same method. They come up well.
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Unread postby BIG 'G' » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:53 pm

awesome wullie they are amazing afterwards look like new have you found that they dull down quicker now since youve sand papered them I just wondering if they was a protector film applied to lens whilst manufacture?
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Unread postby Wullie480 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:13 pm

BIG 'G' wrote:awesome wullie they are amazing afterwards look like new have you found that they dull down quicker now since youve sand papered them I just wondering if they was a protector film applied to lens whilst manufacture?


Hi bud,

Good question I have had them done on my car for about 2 years not had an issue with them dulling or clouding over.

Did a few sets and not had anyone report back that that had happened.

Got my facelift set to do in the new year as well as a set of mk1 xenons there pretty easy to do.
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Unread postby COLVERT » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:40 pm

Wullie------Do you really mean SANDPAPER ???? When I wet sandpaper all the grit falls off. [standard smileys/taz

Do you mean, perhaps, WET and DRY paper ???






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Unread postby Poppy » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:24 pm

COLVERT wrote:Wullie------Do you really mean SANDPAPER ???? When I wet sandpaper all the grit falls off. [standard smileys/taz

Do you mean, perhaps, WET and DRY paper ???






Colv. (shrug)






I did mine with sandpaper and as I have already said, buggered them up.... :? (shrug) So yes, I am presuming wet and dry must be used..... [funny-santa-dance [funny-santa-dance [santa-craz
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Unread postby baconbuttyman » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:38 am

it takes a little bravery on that first rub, but it's worth carrying it through properly
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Unread postby Wullie480 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:37 am

Yes wet & dry should be used,

I have a few more pics I took whilst doing the refurb so I'll ammend the post tonight.
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Unread postby xanadu » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:58 pm

look forward to seeing them. impressive work that is
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Unread postby Michael » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:11 am

I tried that [standard smileys/smiley-signs139 and got good results with the off side one, the nearside one just will not come up to a good finish ?
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Unread postby rover54 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:04 pm

On projector headlights I am thinking of trying some clear wrap after cleaning-- might save having to do the job a second time as it will become a simple matter of replacing the wrap.
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Unread postby Wullie480 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:13 pm

Original post updated with more pictures.
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Unread postby Wullie480 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:16 pm

rover54 wrote:On projector headlights I am thinking of trying some clear wrap after cleaning-- might save having to do the job a second time as it will become a simple matter of replacing the wrap.


Not a bad idea bud although It's about 2 years since I done mine and not had an issue with them clouding over again.

I keep them clean and anytime I polish the car I apply polish to the lights.
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Unread postby rover54 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:53 pm

Wullie480 wrote:
rover54 wrote:On projector headlights I am thinking of trying some clear wrap after cleaning-- might save having to do the job a second time as it will become a simple matter of replacing the wrap.


Not a bad idea bud although It's about 2 years since I done mine and not had an issue with them clouding over again.

I keep them clean and anytime I polish the car I apply polish to the lights.


A coat of polish must help keep them clear.
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Unread postby nick nick » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:59 am

You can use the same on your upvc window sills....But just use the fine grit wet n dry then some car polish to put the shine back
& another tip use car polish on your bathroom tiles the water will just bead off...No more water marks
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Unread postby rover54 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:00 pm

nick nick wrote:You can use the same on your upvc window sills....But just use the fine grit wet n dry then some car polish to put the shine back
& another tip use car polish on your bathroom tiles the water will just bead off...No more water marks


Now that's a good idea for the tiles. (clap) (clap) (clap) (clap) (clap)
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