: replace head lights?



tolliverab
03-11-05, 03:19 PM
Please help!

I just got quoted at 367.00 each for new headlights. (2001 Catera)

The problem is on the plastic lens. It's very scratched and looks awful.

I was thinking about buying a headlight restoration kit.

Any Ideas?

stevehogan
03-11-05, 03:42 PM
Before you dump that much cash, try one of the chemical cleaner/polish kits. Here's a link to one on eBay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7960034451&category=50450

Or search eBay for "head* restor*" No matter how bad of a job this stuff does, it HAS to be better than $700+ :thumbsup:

Seriously, I know folks who have used these products and they swear by them. Worth a shot.

AllenPacla
03-12-05, 01:11 AM
I had the chance to this lens restoration and the principle is simple, you will have to sand the lens with about 400 grit at first to quickly remove the deep scratches and then work your way up to 1200 grit if you can find one. And finally, you will need some kind of a polish or you can use the 3M rubbing compound but you will have to do the polishing with one of those polishing machines or buffer, i don't know exactly what you call them. I don't know about those being sold in stores (lens restoration), but I am looking at my headlights and they look like brand new to me.

kmhebert
03-12-05, 01:26 AM
I had the chance to this lens restoration and the principle is simple, you will have to sand the lens with about 400 grit at first to quickly remove the deep scratches and then work your way up to 1200 grit if you can find one.

Sandpaper can be had for cheap:
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/unigrit.php
sounds like a good way to start, I'd say.

NolaBoy
03-22-05, 02:45 PM
Try www.lensrenew.com (http://www.lensrenew.com) . The kit they offer is great, simple to use, and works like a charm. Takes about 1/2 and hour to fully restore 2 headlights. Did mine on my 99 Catera last night and they look like they are brand new, i mean like fresh off the showroom. Definitly worth the money. Check out the site you wont be disappointed.

AllenPacla
03-22-05, 10:13 PM
When properly done, i am guessing that doing it yourself with the sandpaper method like i did and then polishing with a rubbing compound after will yeild the same result as this product by lens renew. I have seen some adapters which you can use with a drill to buff the lens when polishing it. You can be creative in doing this, you can try several approach. You just have to stick to the principle, you sand away the scratches and the discoloration and after you get to the highest grit sand paper you can get (preferably 1000 and above) then you polish. You can even try several types of polish.

NolaBoy
03-23-05, 11:56 AM
Yeah Allen i see what you are saying. But I am big on convenience. When i bought LensRenew everything was right there. No trial and error at all. It all depends on what you want