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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday after work I swapped the BCM out of my car. I also pulled the passenger headlight out to restore it.

With my car I used a 3M headlight restoration kit and then protected it with 3M Scotchguard. Well I don't have any Scotchguard handy, so I decided to try a slightly different method, on that uses clear coat to protect the lens.



I used this guide as a base:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM

Had a 3M wheel restoration kit I got super cheap on clearance. That gave me the drill attachment, 400 grit, and 800 grit (which I substituted for the 600 grit) sanding dics. I wet sanded them, and with the drill it was fast and easy. i didn't have a 2k grit disc so I used regular 2k grit sandpaper and wet sanded by hand.



Then the thunderstorms hit.

I was eager to get it clear coated since they take 24 hours to cure, so I cleared with 3 light coats. However, by the third coat the lens had become so cloudy it was opaque. I thought I had messed something up and would have to start all over again! I did a bit of research and realized that the humidity and lack of sunlight was the likely cause.

I saw a video of someone using a heat gun to make the clear coat clear, but I don't have heat gun. What do have, is an oven. I set the oven as low as it would go, 170 degrees, and put the headlight in to bake for 45 minutes. I checked a couple times to see how it was going.

This was about 20 minutes in.



This was right before I went to bed.



I shut the oven off and left it in there overnight. In the morning this is how it turned out.



Much better!

I'm going to wait 24 hours for it to cure as per the instruction on the can, then wet sand with a 3k grit disc, buff with compound, then wax. Whenever it stops raining I'll tackle the other side.

When they're both done it'll take years off the appearance of this car.


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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-11-2015, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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As of yesterday she is now on the road!

I've been under the weather the last couple days, but I managed to finish the passenger side headlight and clean and clear the driver's side. It'll need to be wet sanded and buffed, just needs to cure for a day. Still, what a difference.





Took it on the highway this evening. Runs and drives great, the MIL (P0455) even stayed out the whole 30 mile drive.

It still needs a bath, but that will likely have to wait until next week when all the cars will get a much needed one, but for now here's a couple photos of the completed (for now) project. Found a use for my old rear license plate frame too!







Total cost including the car itself is about $1,100.


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Finally had time to wet sand and buff the driver's side headlight.



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Massive improvement to those headlights! I didn't get mine anywhere near that nice and I thought it was the best it would ever be. Time to do it again!
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Car looks like an excellent find, needed some work but you got it going great
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