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slybunda

Easy way to clean headlights done!

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got tired of doing it by hand, so bought a kit similar to this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18x-3-Waxing-Polish-Polishing-Buffer-Pad-Kit-Drill-Adapter-For-Car-Polisher/132678750803

mine has 11 pads in it so was cheaper. i used the orange pad on a cordless screwdriver drill thingy:

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and the result is :

 

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with minimal effort. this is a far better result than iv ever had by doing it by hand.

the kit costs 3 quid if u just want 4 sponges, but spend the extra 2 quid as in that link iv given and u get 18 pad kit.

next step is to try the engine intake and valve cover.

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did it the same way with the same attachment to mine too

 

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and my ladies astra which was very bad for the MOT but i had to use 600 /1200 wet and dry for hers :

 

 

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cool, can it do the engine valve cover and intake manifold too to make it like yours?

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5 hours ago, slybunda said:

cool, can it do the engine valve cover and intake manifold too to make it like yours?

unfortunately that took 12 hrs by hand using different grades of wet n dry paper, the compound as a lubricant and autosol for polishing , it wont work with the foam pads VVTI tried it and only got so far ..

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i got not very far into it, battery ran out but progress was made on the 4 pipes of the intake, 2 of those shined up to mirror like fairly quickly but the cover itself taking ages. will continue another day. but those foam pads dont seem to cut it. need something more abrasive.

shine is so much the camera phone cant handle it lol.

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Use a more aggressive compound to start with for your cover and pipes. Go back down to the compound you used for the lights and then finish of with a metal polish.

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Oh? I been using metal polish tcut brand from the get go on the engine.

So i should have used that meguires ultimate stuff on the engine insted? Thats mad. Wasted load of metal polish and not got the results. Damn.

Whats most aggressive compound i can get? Dont have the energy to do sand paper by hand and too risky using the electric sander may end up going right through the pipes.

On that note anyone know the thickness of those pipes?

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10 hours ago, slybunda said:

i got not very far into it, battery ran out but progress was made on the 4 pipes of the intake, 2 of those shined up to mirror like fairly quickly but the cover itself taking ages. will continue another day. but those foam pads dont seem to cut it. need something more abrasive.

shine is so much the camera phone cant handle it lol.

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yes the cover will as it took me 8 hours by hand without a machine , i started with 240 /400/600/800/1000/1200/1500/2000 and finally finsihed with 2500 then autosol 

 

also did you do one way either left to right or up and down as it was suggested to me if you do it different ways it will scratch the cover and not look so good plus i found very superfine wirewool helped too the finest you can buy , the top pic is after 5 years :) :

then you should end up with something like this 

 

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i only did it using the mop on the drill.

will get some sand paper and give it a shot.

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3 hours ago, Akuma77 said:

yes the cover will as it took me 8 hours by hand without a machine , i started with 240 /400/600/800/1000/1200/1500/2000 and finally finsihed with 2500 then autosol 

 

also did you do one way either left to right or up and down as it was suggested to me if you do it different ways it will scratch the cover and not look so good plus i found very superfine wirewool helped too the finest you can buy , the top pic is after 5 years :) :

then you should end up with something like this 

 

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i take it you get a lot of magpies landing on your car when the bonnets up? 

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Very nice results. I wet-sanded and lacquered mine last weekend and polished with a borrowed D/A, will post pics later on.

I sanded and hand polished my old Yaris lights without lacquer but they yellowed up fairly quickly. 

 

Have you used Ultimate compound on the paintwork? Plan to buy some to get rid of the swirls on my car!

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38 minutes ago, CelicaDan94 said:

i take it you get a lot of magpies landing on your car when the bonnets up? 

lol nope not that im aware of hehe

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Wont use any compound on paintwork risks wearing out the paint. Just use pressure washer to wash the car. Then use shampoo bottle attachment and spray all over the car with pressure washer. Then just rinse the car down with the pressure washer. Takes 10mins and im done.

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