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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Rejuvenating taillights in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; This is more of a "how to" or more of a "how should I" make my taillights look like new? ...
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    Rejuvenating taillights

    This is more of a "how to" or more of a "how should I" make my taillights look like new?
    My Fleetwood is starting to look a little tired. I've used the head light cleaner and they still look the same.
    I have a 99 Suburban and I just replaced them with LED lights and they look great! Is there anything that I could do for the Fleetwood to make them look new again or should I just get new ones?

    Thanks for you input.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    ido this all the time being that i work in a bodyshop. works for headlights and taillights...certain headlights have a protective coating that has to come off which is labor intensive but not hard.

    remove the taillight, wipe any dirt off, depending how bad they are i have used a heavy as 220grit sand paper, you can go 320 or less its its faded or has light scratches

    anyway you keep sanding till the scracthes mostly disappear, then move up a grit sand paper and repeat...just keep going up and up

    when i get to 800 grit you use water, 1000, 1200,1500,2000, you can stop here, sometimes ill use 3000 but not needed.

    now you need a high speed buffer, i prefer a small handheld one... from there you use a wool pad and compund and polish till the haze starts to disappear

    switch to a black foam pad and use some good polish and polish till they come out looking better than new.

    clean up any residue left over and admire...now this will make them look great but it wont last and within a few months will start to go back to the old look.

    this is where most ppl who buy those kits fail. have any automotive shop clear the lights, it will seal it all up and will last like automotive paint looking fresh better than new for many many years

    this is what it does to headlights and this is before i finished polishing it and no clearcoat yet, didnt get a pic of it cleared



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    Yep, we just started doing headlight restores at Sams club for $30. We sand with 600 grit and apply a clear from a Rattle can and it looks good. 5 yr warranty also. Call Sams club by you ask if they do it. Take your lights off and bring them in if they do it. Plastic/poly lights only.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    depends on the light, you can get away with 600 if its hazy and doesnt have the protective coating, not all cars have it. i know for a fact though that chevy impalas have the coating and that honda/toyota whatever i put pics up had it. and 600grit on a D/a sander youll go through 2 boxes of sandpaper and a whole day on and still not be done trying to get the coating off. thats when you can go heavy grit.

    no taillights have the protective coating

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    Maybe we are talking about a different process, We've did about 20 cars in two months and it takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. We use 600 grit on a sanding block. Just headlights, havent did any tail lights.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    same process, i use a D/A sander instead of a block though, you will find out and know when you get a light with the protective coating...after sand and polish it still looks cloudy. it wont come crystal clear until its all removed and its really on there. like i said not all headlights have it.

    and no tail lights have it so he canstart at 600 and up then compound/polish and clear.

    ill be doing my tail lights soon. might take some pics and post before, during and afters

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    I just picked up a Jetta diesel (gasp, I know), and it has cloudy headlights like all of them. I think they have coating, you can see stuff peeling off like it is peeling paint. I'll hit them with the D/A, then the polisher.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    yep that it, it will take a lil while but you need to get it all off, thats why i take a few more steps and use a heavier grit paper then slowly work all the scratches out

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    Jetta is the car I've did the most. You should get some clear in a can and spray it on.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    I'm embarrassed to post this on our Cadillac forum...

    Here it is. 100hp of turbo diesel power. Should get me at least 40mpg. At least it was free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    I'm embarrassed to post this on our Cadillac forum...

    Here it is. 100hp of turbo diesel power. Should get me at least 40mpg. At least it was free.
    A friend of mine has one and gets 40 mpg if he dogs it. 50-55 is he tries to get good mileage.

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    I'm embarrassed to post this on our Cadillac forum...

    Here it is. 100hp of turbo diesel power. Should get me at least 40mpg. At least it was free.

    No shame in that. Well built cars and if it saves you money for Cadillac gas/parts it's all good!

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    Re: Rejuvenating taillights

    Quote Originally Posted by 84coupedeville View Post
    I picked up a 84 deville with badly oxidized tail lights. After researching everyoption the best outcome was finding a cheap replacement pair. Brings new life into any car & if I was able to find brand new never used oem tail lights-you should have no problem
    After buying all the products and labor involved I just may pick up a couple replacements.
    $30 on line I think.

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