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Whatwouldgordondo
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Headlight Polishing

Post by Whatwouldgordondo » Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:45 pm

Not sure if this is the right place to put this but we all have that dulling, fogging, fading problem with headlights and I tried searching YouTube to find out how to polish them and couldn't find anything Bongo related so I made a video if anyone needs to know how easy it is, it only takes 5 min and they look like new

Link to the video is here - https://youtu.be/vOnEsBk3G1M
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by plonkatronix » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:30 pm

Very nice results, all nice and shiney again, that mini polishing pad kit looks handy for said job and could also be used to polish paint in some of bongys more challenging areas where you'd dare take the DA
...shows my current lockdown time pass method, I have flattened off the paints orange peel effect over the entire bongo (by hand...again!) with various grades and then polishing it back with 3M x3 stage polish compound and pads, learning to paint was only half a job, finishing it... That's something else!
Looking forward to a nice shiney glass like reflection just like those headlights, will order one of them kits later :wink:
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by Bob » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:49 pm

Yep, very nice job, and a neat kit.

I've tried elbow grease with most of the other ideas and I'll be getting one of these.

Thanks. 8)
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by pauldeb » Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:40 am

That's a huge improvement. Nice Job!

I had good results using Sylvania restoration kit.
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by Bongolia » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:09 pm

I did read on a caravan forum that you need to be ccareful about what type of compound you use to polish up plastic lenses or in that case plastic windows. Some compunds contain a solvent that will cause fine crazing in the plastic itself after a time.
On my Smart car the rear side windows are plastic and some time ago I used a compound to polish this back, that area is now badly crazed. I cannot be sure but I believe it may have Farecla as that was the general standby in the workshop.
Now I use a fine grade wet or dry to polish and then buff up without compound just keep it wet to avoid scorching the plastic.
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by Flanners » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:18 am

I use Turtle Wax Headlight cleaner and sealant, to keep plastic headlights in tip top condition around £5

https://www.carparts4less.co.uk/p/turtl ... 06EALw_wcB
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by cwilliams255 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:15 pm

I recently tackled this job, used autoglym kit to do it, easy to do and great results. Probably can be done cheaper of course but first time was useful to have everything I needed all together
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by Bob » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:30 am

Nice job. 8)
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Re: Headlight Polishing

Post by sotal » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:16 pm

I bought a kit and did ours (one side only as the other side has always been ok - perhaps a replaced light unit?)

It was absolutely fantastic and was sealed with a UV sealant etc, however after a few months it starts to dull again. Nothing major and it wasn't mentioned on the MOT but now when looking from the from I can tell the difference. I don't think I'd be bothered if they were both the same!