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skylinrcr01
09-13-2014, 12:37 PM
Hey guys, a couple weeks ago, I sold my S2000 and picked up a 2005 a6 3.2 Quattro. It has a couple things wrong with it (rear shade motor's gears are stripped, headlights were oxidized, parktronic doesn't work, and other little stuff), but I'm working on getting those taken care of.

This morning, I used the 3M headlight restore kit, but modified their instructions a bit. (didn't use included sandpaper, instead wet sanded with 400,800,1000,2000 and finally 3000 then used rubbing compound, then paint polish, then wax. Infact, I really just used the super fine sanding pad, the rubbing compound and wheel that was in the kit lol) It really worked well!

Picture time!

When I got the car, next to my friend's S60:
http://i.imgur.com/5AdyaL6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NG0YSY8.jpg

Today; doing the headlights:

Finished product:
http://i.imgur.com/l0eecyF.jpg

Left headlight done, right is oxidized:
http://i.imgur.com/9XHjDW8.jpg

Right headlight close up, pre kit:
http://i.imgur.com/Ftbw2tM.jpg

Right headlight after sanding and rubbing compound:
http://i.imgur.com/ERfscQJ.jpg

Both headlights all cleaned and polished:
http://i.imgur.com/tT5kcLk.jpg

Thanks for looking!

v8a6
09-13-2014, 01:30 PM
Looking great!

c@@kieMonsta
09-13-2014, 03:54 PM
I wonder if my Bosch random orbit sander will work with this?

FL C6 Avant
09-13-2014, 04:17 PM
When I got the car, next to my friend's S60:
http://i.imgur.com/5AdyaL6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NG0YSY8.jpg

socal--too easy, but---your friend is in huntington, south of the 405, near Adams?




Today; doing the headlights:

Finished product:
http://i.imgur.com/l0eecyF.jpg

Left headlight done, right is oxidized:
http://i.imgur.com/9XHjDW8.jpg

Right headlight close up, pre kit:
http://i.imgur.com/Ftbw2tM.jpg

Right headlight after sanding and rubbing compound:
http://i.imgur.com/ERfscQJ.jpg

Both headlights all cleaned and polished:
http://i.imgur.com/tT5kcLk.jpg

Thanks for looking!

and you I'm guessing are Fountain Valley or maybe huntington just south of FV? ---i used to live round there.

resto job looks good--keep it waxed.

skylinrcr01
09-14-2014, 12:02 AM
socal--too easy, but---your friend is in huntington, south of the 405, near Adams?


and you I'm guessing are Fountain Valley or maybe huntington just south of FV? ---i used to live round there.

resto job looks good--keep it waxed.
You got my friend nailed down to a tee, I am down by Mission Viejo though. I'll be sure to, I know they can get gross quick.

skylinrcr01
09-14-2014, 12:03 AM
I wonder if my Bosch random orbit sander will work with this?

I just used my makita drill. :)

c@@kieMonsta
09-14-2014, 12:13 AM
I just used my makita drill. :)
Oh sweet, that should work great. Didn't even realize that.

JPJ2007
09-14-2014, 01:56 PM
Looks great, brand new.

Something to consider,
A lot of people on an older car forum I'm on have made a concoction thinning down clear coat with thinner, like 1/2 and 1/2? I'd have to double check and using a rag to wipe it on plastic lenses after doing this. From what I saw it had been 3+ years
with the headlights keeping like new and not oxidizing. Just an idea.

JEENYUS
09-15-2014, 06:15 PM
Sanding a headlight no matter how you look at it will take off the old UV coating. You need something to replace that, whether it be clear coat or whatever, the headlight fix I'll only be temporary without some sort of sealing layer afterwards.

skylinrcr01
09-15-2014, 06:32 PM
Sanding a headlight no matter how you look at it will take off the old UV coating. You need something to replace that, whether it be clear coat or whatever, the headlight fix I'll only be temporary without some sort of sealing layer afterwards.
I was told to use diluted urethane minwax with mineral spirits. It's a urethane coating, which should do the trick more or less.

JEENYUS
09-15-2014, 06:35 PM
That sounds like it should work, but for real long term I would look at a 2k clear coat or something with resin for a harder more durable coating. I don't have any experience with the urethane coating though. I'm gonna have to look into that.

c@@kieMonsta
09-16-2014, 02:38 AM
This kit right? http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headlight-Restoration-System/dp/B001AIZ5HY/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1410859997&sr=1-1&keywords=3m+headlight+restoration+kit

BTW, I found some pretty good steps that include that concoction you fellas are talking about.

From one of the reviewers on Amazon:

"My high school aged son has started a headlight restoration business using these products, because they really do work! It takes some time and is not always easy, but the results are fantastic. Make sure to follow the directions. If you plan on restoring multiple headlights, I recommend finding some 1500 grit sandpaper, which makes the job a little easier. It is a big jump going from 800 grit to 3000 grit.

As long as the headlights on not damaged on the inside of the lens, this process will sand off the oxidation and the scratches and produce lenses that look 90% new. However, the sanding process removes the UV protection. This means that the headlights will become foggy again much quicker without this protection. We have discovered a simple process that will extend the time before the headlights become foggy and seems to last longer than using the 3M protectant. Once you have finished sanding and cleaning the lenses and have them looking great, follow these steps.

Fold a Blue Shop Towel into a small square. Dip it in Mineral Spirits and squeeze out excess. Wipe a thin coat of Mineral Spirits on headlights with horizontal strokes.

Now dip another Blue Shop Towel in Hellsman Indoor/Outdoor Clear Gloss Spar Urethane and Mineral Spirits. Squeeze out excess. Using horizontal strokes, work overlapping coats of sealer onto lens. Don't drive for 30 minutes. This provides some great UV protection."

Here are all of the steps we have used with great success in restoring headlights:

STEPS FOR HEADLIGHT RESTORATION

1. Prop up hood

2. Put on mask and eye protection

3. Tape around headlights with two or three layers of paint tape

4. Clean headlights with Windex

5. Sand headlights with 500 grit sandpaper (brown) on drill. Don’t stay in one spot for too long

6. Wipe off residue

7. Check to make sure tape is still good

8. Sand headlights with 800 grit sandpaper (white) on drill

9. Wipe off residue

10. Spray headlights with water

11. Wet sand with 1500 grit sandpaper on drill (this is the one you need to buy separately because it does not come with the kit)

12. Wet sand headlights with 3000 grit sandpaper (gray) on drill

13. Wipe off residue

14. Put dime size amount of Meguire’s Compound on polishing pad on drill. Smooth compound around the headlight before turning on the drill. Polish the headlights to help remove remaining scratches.

15. Wipe headlights with cloth and Windex

16. Keep tape on, but clean around headlights to remove any splatters

17. Put on latex gloves

18. Dip Blue towel in Mineral Spirits and squeeze out excess. Put thin coat of Mineral Spirits on headlights.

19. Dip Blue towel in Urethyne and Mineral Spirits. Squeeze out excess. Using horizontal strokes, work overlapping coats of sealer onto lens. Minimize dust. No driving for 30 minutes.

20. Remove tape