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Headlight polishing

Post by swabyk » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 20:07

Anyone used either of these products to remove the smokey headlight effect?

Watching the 2 videos on each page it seems the Autoglym one is far more detailed and processed in terms of the steps you have to do, the Meguiars one is quite simple, but is it as effective???

Both priced at £19.99, anyone used either?

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cl ... ration-kit

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cl ... mplete-kit

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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by colb » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 20:26

Give them a good polishing using Brasso or Silver polishing fluid, probably best used with a small electric mop, cheaper than a kit and good results, I have used the method on motorcycle screen to get rid of scratches with good results.
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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by Lewy » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 21:09

I'm halfway through restoring my M front lights with this from screwfix on the end of my Makita:

http://www.screwfix.com/p/toolpak-5-125 ... oCsOfw_wcB

So far so good :)

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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by Flight » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 22:07

Excellent results with 3M for little effort, good as new

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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by handsomejackuk » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 23:16

yep same here any polish that has a cutting effect will do.. Brasso, tcut, silvo, i dont know about autsol that may work too, and made much easier if you have a small mop on a drill... use some water too to cool it down and not melt the plastic... i did try some upvc cleaner that seems to get the oxide off, but leaves the plastic a bit soft,basically i think its like acetone.. but be careful with it use on a small section first

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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by BladeRunner919 » Wed 20 Jul, 2016 08:20

Flight wrote:Excellent results with 3M for little effort, good as new
Me too - very easy and great results.

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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by abh29 » Thu 21 Jul, 2016 17:49

Bought the Megs one about 3years ago , Just finished it off today on Z3 it was previously used on e61 when bought ,so done 2 sets of lights Very happy with it.
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Re: Headlight polishing

Post by Mugs » Fri 22 Jul, 2016 15:33

I used to do mine with 2500 wet and dry (used wet) then G3 cutting compound and a rotary polisher.
A little tip I learned was to use a polish like Autoglym super resin followed by a coating or two of wax to stop them clouding again. Just kept up the waxing and they were fine.
The first ones I did started to cloud again after a few months but with the polish and wax they were fine.

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