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Head Light Repairs - Buff & Polish


Has anyone had their headlights buffed and polished - a service offered by The Touch Up Guys, see this link and scroll down the page:
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Mine are yellowed almost to the colour of your average smiley face, and will surely disgrace all the new panel work that's about to be done. The panel beater doesn't offer this service.

Will have to check the cost and wondering if it might be worth getting done.

Would headlight protectors do anything to stop it re-occuring?

Wait a minute, I know, maybe it's time to add - eyelids...!



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trailx wrote:
Will have to check the cost and wondering if it might be worth getting done.

No do it yourself, all you need is Brasso and Plexus

Would headlight protectors do anything to stop it re-occuring?

No

Wait a minute, I know, maybe it's time to add - eyelids...!

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Hi Julie,

Almost all of the "older" T30 models have the yellowing of the headlights happen at the top section of the headlight due to prolonged exposure to sun and that is exactly why I decided that the solution was the eyelids, to first protect that area of the headlight from yellowing, or provide a nice alternative to those with yellow headlights emoticon

The headlight protectors from Nissan will not help with this and am sure if any buffing will help either, certainly not one of the products I tried and nearly destroyed the headlight. You need to remember that the T30 headlights are plastic (not glass) so buffing them is not a good idea. You can use light polish on them, but that's about it.

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Oops, 6 weeks later, just found this thread again.
Will cancel the headlight polish at $40 per light, and do it myself. Will still get the stone chips done.

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Chris here, in Sunny SA (that's South Africa, not South Australia!)

I too had the yellowing discolouration of my plastic T30 headlights...

Was browsing a 'sale items' table in our hardware store (similar to Bunnings) and I came accross 'clear plastic polish', liquid, about AUD [sign in to see URL], and it worked GREAT!

I think it is 'Plexus' brand, really nice to buy something that works well, first time round!
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To prevent the yellowing (for those who don't have the problem yet) it is caused by overcleaning etc and thereby removing the UV protective layer on the surface of the plastic.

Wash the plastic lens with the utmost gentleness and use headlight protectors and they should stay clear for a long, long time.

As TB said above, there is a restorer available to clear up yellow lenses.

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Just noticed this, so have come in late. I have had considerable experience with plastics in my engineering career, and have had a lot of success with the Novus brand of plastic polish. It is available in three grades, 1,2 and 3. - - Grade 1 is so fine that is really just a cleaner, Grade 2 works very well on dull tail lights, and Grade 3 is the one that you start with when dealing with deep scratches. It is not cheap, but a 240ml bottle at about $20 will last a long time. Most engineering supply houses such as Blackwoods carry this product. Hope that this may help.

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Just used Maguiars PlastX on my faded headlights to restore them to clear.
Original fogged headlight (notice the fogging compared to the clear indicator lens)
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I parked next to an exy yesterday. It had headlight protectors on, but the headlights underneath were still yellow.

I got a replacement headlight last year after a sad little wallaby jumped into the left side of my car. The repairers polished the right headlight and it looked great, for a couple months. I bit the bullet at my last service, and paid $315 plus labour to replace the right hand one. Now the car looks balanced again.

I'd hesitated to replace it/them, as I thought replacements were about 3 or 4 times as much. Should have done it sooner. Guess this pair will yellow as well (optimist that I am...).


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You can now find a brand new set of T30 heradlights for as cheap as $[sign in to see URL] for BOTH on eBay and used ones in good condition like the ones I sold of my T30 were sold for around $75 bucks a side, so it's really not worth the hassle of spending time and energy polishing them, as it's a temporary solution anyway.

To be honest, I am astonished that cars with such yellow headlights can still pass rego, as the impact on illumination and light spead would be quite significant I would think.

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