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28 Jun 2019 06:58 #210395 by sniper
Headlight Polish was created by sniper
£20 to do both with UV protection and 12 month guarantee, great results.... Mobile service around Mansfield, Daz his details are on FB.



The car is still grubby from last weekend, I told him not to worry about cleaning up as it's going for a wash today....

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28 Jun 2019 17:04 #210405 by kirkynut
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You can do it yourself quite easily but likely not as well and for £20 It's not worth trying!

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01 Jul 2019 18:53 #210493 by Bosanek
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Do you know how and with which material(s) does he intend to apply the UV protection after the polishing? I am keen to know.

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01 Jul 2019 20:17 #210496 by Max Headroom
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I imagine it would be something like Aerospace 303


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01 Jul 2019 22:23 #210500 by sniper
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The chap who came was quite guarded about the process, there were about 5 stages starting with a quite scary wet and dry. They looked as if they were trashed when he cut them back. Then a few grades of cutting compounds applied by hand and machine.

The UV protection had to be applied then left to cure for five minutes. No idea what it was.

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01 Jul 2019 22:55 #210501 by Scimike
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I've seen video's on YouTube that have used Automotive clear coat as the final coating to provide protection, results look good and it should last as it's UV stable.
Alternatively just use a quality car wax, they tend to offer some UV protection but do need reapplying from time to time, not one for those that don't wash the Jimny.

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02 Jul 2019 06:37 - 02 Jul 2019 06:38 #210504 by yakuza
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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System Kit, Buffing Polish and Plastic
Buy It Now

This here kit is good "they" say..
I do not think there is a UV protection something included.

But if you can have it done for 20£ i would not think of buying a kit!

I tried another kit bought locally that was very expensive an very lousy.
but it got my car thru the MOT.

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04 Jul 2019 21:48 - 04 Jul 2019 21:50 #210638 by Max Headroom
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Sniper, the scary wet and dry is very very mild - look out for something called Micromesh kits you can find them on Amazon and eBay - we use thim in aviation to repair landing lamp lenses and even cockpit plexiglass panels. they are expensive but they last ages and ages.
I was watching a friend get brutal with his Porsche 911 lenses at work the other night - he was using P600 wet, but had sanded two sheets together to make it less abrasive - he was using that because there was nothing finer available at the company's expense. However you just get finer and finer until youre down to a Micromesh kit, and finally use an acrylic polish such as Greygates Plastic Polish - again available from the usual suspects. I know these products very well ahving used them for the last 40 years in aviation and they work very well.
As an alternative to the Greygates you can use T-cut or even Brasso.

It does look scary and very brutal and you think youre going to end up with frosted glass - but you don't - it comes out like crystal in the end!

Micromesh kit

Greygates plastic polish


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09 Jul 2019 12:17 #210796 by Bosanek
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This Aerospace 303 spray appears to be the thing for the job, but I just don't know for how long does it last and does it resist being washed with a high pressure water jet. And it's not available in my region ...

Doesn't automotive clear coat require a professional paint gun with an air compressor etc. That's quite of an overkill.

All I know that a headlamp polish is of a rather short term effect if the polished surface is not coated with some UV protection immediately afterwards. In other words, UV-unprotected plastic headlamps will fade much quicker than they had initially done from the factory.


An army of "car detailers" perform headlamp polishing but almost nobody does the UV protection in the end (why should they - this way they get more returning customers after a year).

So any other ideas on UV protection?

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09 Jul 2019 13:42 #210798 by Daniel30
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The last time I polished my headlights due to them being cloudy I used just autoglym super resin polish, that was about two years ago only now could they do with a freshen up

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09 Jul 2019 20:44 - 09 Jul 2019 20:46 #210809 by Max Headroom
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Headlamp polish - Its no shorter term lasting than it was when it was new. You are effectively removing the oxidised and erroded surface, revealing fresh surface underneath.
The Aerospace 303 - just re-apply it every few weeks or whenever you wash or polish the car.

Rather than Autoglym SRP - try Colinite 845 Insulator wax - its perfect for lenses and will give better protection than the AG SRP


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