Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Hey! Just wanted to do a little update.
I've finished my finals this week, and have been able to do a little bit of work on the Trep.
I polished the headlights, and did a little work on the fogs. I was a little timid about doing the headlights, but decided that I really couldn't do to bad.
Stuff I used:
0 - 2,500 rpm drill (Corded)
3M polishing kit (included sandpaper, and drill adapter)
Meguiars polishing kit (included polishing compound and polishing pad on drill bit)
Microfiber towels (shop towels would work OK)
Spray Bottle with Water in it
I started off with the 3M kit, and used the sanding pads to sand off the grime and such. I wetted the pads, and then soaked the headlights with water. As I was sanding a slurry built up, and I frequently removed it by spraying water on the lens and pad (you will get a little dirty doing this).
After I had sanded with the rough sandpaper, I continued until I got to the single sponge looking sander (not the orange polisher), and after using this, the headlight looked like I had started out, only without as many scratches, and the lenses were noticeably clearer.
I then polished the headlights with the Meguiars Plastex compound (which looked like lotion). The headlights looked great afterword, and I could defiantly tell a deference at night!
If you're a rookie (like I am), I would recommend this method to you for sure!
Things to watch out for:
DON'T let the headlight get dry at all while sanding! I did put a mark in the headlight when I let the white sandpaper run out of water. I'll have to re-sand the unit to get this mark out...
Don't use a drill over 2,500 Rpm, unless you want to stand there with a hose and sand the headlights. At 2,500 Rpm I was having to spray and sand at the same time, this made for slow progress. Instead I used approximately 1/2 of the drill's speed, and was able to get at least two passes over the headlight before re-spraying (in ~40 degree weather). Even at ~40 degrees, the friction heat from sanding at 2,500Rpm dried out the lens fast.
Be carful of getting close to the paint with the sander. Might sound dumb to say this, but I did rub the paint in a couple areas on the bumper with the "pad holder," even with the tape that came with the kit. Solution? open the hood, and put extra layers of tape, this will minimize any damage you may cause.
Take your time! I spent at least 45 min on each headlight, and another 15 min per foglight. If your new at this, it might be a good idea to allot about 3 hours, and enjoy the process.
I hope this will help someone, I know I enjoyed working on the car, and even used the Meguiars polish to spiff up the badge on the hood! She buffed up nicely, and looks almost new. The headlights however.... I'll have to pull them apart to polish the insides to clear up the slight fog that still exists. If I am to do that, I'll be installing Morimoto Mini projectors in them at that time.
Last edited by Revelwolf; 12-11-2011 at 12:24 AM.