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Was gonna shovel out $160 for some euro style aftermarkets but after taking a shot at my beater accord first I said to hell with it and tackled the pilot. They didn’t come out as good as the accord but worlds better than before.
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I worked my way from 300-2000 grit and they still look slightly cloudy which is a bummer but from the looks of it the light has been resealed before so I’m wondering if it’s oxidation on the inside that I’m seeing.




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I used the Meguire's headlight restoration kit on my '08 and was very pleased with the outcome. Unfortunately, I didn't save any "before" pics, but they were very similar to what yours looked like. I used an electric "Mouse" sander instead of sanding by hand and it worked very well. I just made sure I used plenty of water and not too much pressure. The kit had enough materials for me to do my Pilot and my daughter's CR-V.

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I used the Meguire's headlight restoration kit on my '08 and was very pleased with the outcome. Unfortunately, I didn't save any "before" pics, but they were very similar to what yours looked like. I used an electric "Mouse" sander instead of sanding by hand and it worked very well. I just made sure I used plenty of water and not too much pressure. The kit had enough materials for me to do my Pilot and my daughter's CR-V.

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Your afters look incredible!!! I did my commuter accord prior to doing these and they came out similar to yours, so I know I didn’t start with too aggressive of a grit or anything of the sort, here is my accord example.








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If you detail your vehicle, a mild to moderate compound with a buffer will do a pretty good job on the headlights quickly. I figure it will be an annual thing, but its maybe 15 minutes for both sides while I'm doing the rest of it anyway.

OP - you might try that to reduce the hazing that's left. By hand would be a chore, but a soft foam pad on a random orbit sander will give you results very quickly, if you're going to get anything.
 

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If you detail your vehicle, a mild to moderate compound with a buffer will do a pretty good job on the headlights quickly. I figure it will be an annual thing, but its maybe 15 minutes for both sides while I'm doing the rest of it anyway.

OP - you might try that to reduce the hazing that's left. By hand would be a chore, but a soft foam pad on a random orbit sander will give you results very quickly, if you're going to get anything.
I finished with my rupes Bigfoot DA and 3D Speed polish so that’s what has me questioning the outcome.


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I used the 3M kit. If you don't have a power drill for the buffing wheel it really doesn't work. Make sure you apply the UV coating at the end or you will be doing it again after a year
 

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I need the restoration for my Pilot's lights and saw that my local Walmart with an autobody shop will do headlight restoration for $25. At that price I will give it a shot.
 
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