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  1. Morgan528i

    Polishing dull E39 headlights

    I know the prescribed method for rejuvenating dull plastic headlights is to use 50 different grades of sandpaper, wet and dry paper, cutting compound with a mains-powered machine polisher and 20 different kinds of resin polish, but... ... I couldn't be arsed with all that. As a shortcut, I purchased myself a bottle of Meguiars PlastX clear plastic polish, which promises to bring dull old headlights back to life. I got it from Amazon (link below), no issues. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0000AY3SR This really is the lazy man's headlight restoration - all I did was apply the PlastX using my cheapy 12v Halfords electric polisher, buffed it up by hand with a microfibre cloth, and gave the lights a smear of Collinite 476S wax, in the hope of a longer-lasting shine. I thought I'd do the obligatory "before and after" pictures, to show how it went. Nearside headlight before polishing Offside light before polishing Nearside headlight after polishing Offside light after polishing As you can see, the end result isn't 100% perfection, but I'd say it's about 80%. I think I'd have to go down the sandpaper/cutting compound/mains polisher/faff route for the final 20%. But, given the condition of the rest of the car's front end (yes, that is 156,000 miles worth of stone chips you can see in the pictures), 80% is good enough for me. So, in summary, it's possible to get decent(ish) results with a bottle of PlastX and 30 minutes of time.

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