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Damn, you did one hell of a good job! Sweet result!

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Took my headlights out and wetsanded them with 600, 1000, then 2000 grit sandpaper using my random orbital sander. I sealed them with a bunch of coats of UV resistant gloss clearcoat. Used a can and a half between the two lights. Hopefully the thicker clearcoat will hold up to rock chips a little better once it's fully hardened.




I do have some orange peel in the clearcoat when you look at them up close. It's pretty noticeable in that picture but from 5 feet away you can't even tell, they just look like brand new housings. After a week or so of curing I'm going to take them out again and wetsand by hand with 2000 grit then give a a light coat of clear to gloss it back over.
I wish I would've read how you cleaned your headlights before I bought brand new ones for my 3. You did a helluva job.

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I need to do this to my headlights. If you look closely at the before pic the headlights do have a clear coat on them from the factory, this is what fails and makes them look bad. This is also why polishing only works for a short period of time.

To get rid of the orange peal you wetstand and buff, if you spray more clear on you are just going to end up with orange peal again.
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