Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Galloway, OH
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My headlights on my 2011 Pilot have been hazing over for quite some time. I purchased a 3M Restoration Kit a few months (last fall) back and put it on the to do list. Saturday being the hottest day of this year, I decided to do it. The steps in the kit are easily followed. The only extra items you will need are tape to mask off the lenses, a spray bottle with water, a corded power drill, a couple terry cloth towels and some 3M lens protector polish.
Start by cleaning the headlights and surrounding paint / grill area with soapy water. Dry and mask off around the lights. I used the blue painters tape I had left from painting my house. I made sure to get it wrapped around the edges of the paint and chrome surfaces. Hood was left up for the process so no masking there. Use at least 2 layers of tape. If you get the sanding disks in to it, the top layer will come loose.
Read and understand the instructions. You are sanding off a layer of plastic so take your time, keep the drill moving and don't use a ton of pressure. It is better to do multiple passes than trying to knock it out with one or two and causing more lens damage. Start with the 500 grit dry and work it across the surface of the lens. Make sure you stop to wipe the dust off to view progress and see where you need to do more work. Donít forget to tap the dust off the pad as well. If it starts to build up, put on a new disk. The kit comes with a bunch of sanding disks. Once you get to a nice even haze, wipe it down again and switch to the 800 grit. Do the same process. Even speed and pressure are your friend. On each of these steps I did around 6 passes with each grit.
Wipe it down and it is time for the wet sanding pad. Spray it with water to wet it down and press it on the drill. Also spray down the lens as well. Keep the lens wet during this process, stopping to wipe off the slurry of plastic generated by the wet sanding and rewet the lens. Keep doing passes until you are not getting any plastic slurry coming off the pad. Wipe it down to remove the remaining water and residue.
Now itís time for the buffing pad. Put a dime sized drop of the provided rubbing compound in the middle of the buffing pad. Before going at the lens, use the pad to spread the compound evenly across the lens. This helps to reduce splatter (and there is a ton from this whole process). Multiple passes again with a nice even pressure. After 4-6, wipe off the compound and view your progress. If you are not happy with an area, go back to the wet pad and fix it. If it is a deeper blemish, you may need to go back to the 800 grit.
Once happy with the polishing phase, use the 3M lens protector polish. Apply with a soft cloth and make sure you get the entire lens covered. Once dried to a haze, polish off and view your results. Remove the tape, wash off the splatter and you are done.
I really didnít realize how much my light output had been compromised by the haze. Total time spent was around 45 minutes including masking. I was surprised at how easy this process is. If you have hazing lenses, donít put it off like me.
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