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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Headlight Restoration in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by WarrenMRogers I had excellent results with the Turtle Wax "by hand" kit. It was $9.95 but it ...
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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenMRogers View Post
    I had excellent results with the Turtle Wax "by hand" kit. It was $9.95 but it only lasted about two weeks! I used it on my wife's Jeep Grand Cherokee and it turned her lights from yellow to sparkling like brand new. I am going to try again and throw some meguiar's wax on it and look into a clear coat and see if it lasts any longer! The worst part is it is only one headlight that is bad, it looks awful.
    The turtle wax by hand kit cannot compare to the 3m kit which is well worth the extra $10

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    I don't see why spraying some rattle can clear wouldn't work. If it doesn't come out clear enough then just wet sand it some and polish back to luster, a step you'd probably have to do anyhow.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Save your money on all the kits... I just bought 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit wet/dry sand paper... Started with 1000 and worked my way up.. after i just used my buffer and some 3M finesse-it II compound. Came out like new... and my headlights were REALLY bad. All cracked and faded.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    I'm interested in doing this but want to find a good solution for clearing them first. Can't seem to find much on the web.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    I posted some pics and a little about how I did it awhile back. When I get some time, I'll hunt it down.

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    Before
    Halfway through the sanding process (I peeled the painters tape off since it was drenched, and reapplied at this point.)
    Sanding complete
    Finished product (After buffing and compound, and application of the epoxy.)

    Basically, I wet sanded the headlights by hand starting with 400 > 600 > 800 > 1000 > 1400 > 2000. The last two come in the Meguiars headlamp restoration kit. With each grit, I sanded either vertically or horizontally, alternating with each level. After you're done sanding off all the oxidation and scratches, you can buff it out with a wool cutting pad and some rubbing compound or a good polish. That should bring back the shine. Protecting them long term and preventing the crud from coming back is the hard part.

    Since I did mine (which look brand new), Diamondite has these kits that apparently blow away anything else out there. The kits come with the tools (minus the drill or buffer) that you need to buff the crud out without sanding. Although I think sanding really helps knowing how much oxidation I had on my lights.

    In the end, I had a pro help me with the last piece of the puzzle. He showed me how to use the compound and drill with wool cutting pad to bring back the shine, and he applied an epoxy or polymer. The Diamondite kit includes a similar product called "Liquid Armor" that takes care of this issue.

    I have yet to use the kit, but I did order one and I plan to use it on a friend's G35 and on another CTS-V here in town. Here's the link: http://www.diamondite.com/diamondite-kits.html

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Larimer View Post
    I'm interested in doing this but want to find a good solution for clearing them first. Can't seem to find much on the web.
    what do you mean? The 3M kit is pretty good.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
    what do you mean? The 3M kit is pretty good.
    I think he means clear coating them to protect them in the future.

    I just did my headlights with the Meguiars kit and they turned out great. It only took about 20 minutes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTSV_510 View Post
    I think he means clear coating them to protect them in the future.
    oh yeah. oops.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Just used the Diamondite kit over the weekend, and it's amazing! I'd consider that over the 3M or Meguiars kits, both of which I've used in the past.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Here's the headlights - been approx 7 months. I think they seem to be holding up well. Only thing I've done is a coat of wax every once in a while.
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    My vinyl overlays (on the gray surround) still look like new after 18 months. Never had a problem with the clear lens portion.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by DRod View Post
    In the end, I had a pro help me with the last piece of the puzzle. He showed me how to use the compound and drill with wool cutting pad to bring back the shine, and he applied an epoxy or polymer. The Diamondite kit includes a similar product called "Liquid Armor" that takes care of this issue.[/URL]
    I used the Mequiars Kit which worked pretty good but I just couldn't get them to shine up really well. I need to find something else.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by DRod View Post
    I posted some pics and a little about how I did it awhile back. When I get some time, I'll hunt it down.


    In the end, I had a pro help me with the last piece of the puzzle. He showed me how to use the compound and drill with wool cutting pad to bring back the shine, and he applied an epoxy or polymer. The Diamondite kit includes a similar product called "Liquid Armor" that takes care of this issue.

    I have yet to use the kit, but I did order one and I plan to use it on a friend's G35 and on another CTS-V here in town. Here's the link: http://www.diamondite.com/diamondite-kits.html
    So, where is this "pro" located or what's his business called? My headlights are oxidized pretty bad, and I've tried 3 different cleaners, even the Meguiars drill kit, and it didn't work, but this guy sounds like he can fix them, and I wouldn't mind driving up there and paying 100 bucks because there's nobody in my area that does headlight restoration here.

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    I tried the Turtle wax kit and I also was not able to get the tops from looking all frayed and dry. They did make an improvement though but I'm still looking for a better tool to finish the job

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    Re: Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny6 View Post
    I used the same kit with amazing results, i also used them on my Jeep Cherokee and i'm very pleased. I've tried pretty much every kit out there and 3M is the best by far.
    I thought Jeep headlights come from the factory hazy

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