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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 18-09-2021, 13:58 Thread Starter
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Good bit of kit just arrived

Like a lot of headlamps ours has like a film/skin on it, you can with a lot of work use T-Cut to get rid of it, I have done it on a car and a van and it is boringly laborious hard work, so I thought there has to be a better way and I looked on Ebay and found this little jobby, cheap as chips but come with everything you need and then some so I thought I'd pass the info on, it only took 4 days to get here so must be UK based, and to be honest I think the pads and foam etc are worth the money alone, min speed is only 600 so perfect for polishing paint or the headlamps so long as you keep it wet and keep moving, I do have a proper two-speed polisher but it is heavy and cumbersome to use, this is a doddle to use as it is so light.

It does say Orbit but it isn't orbital unfortunately as you could use it for sanding then but I have an orbital sander already so no biggy for me.


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Typical, wonít supply to NI so got similar elsewhere.
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If you have one of those sponges with abrasive stuff on use that with toothpaste or T cut first, much quicker.
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The sponge is bit slow too so I'm using green Scotcbrite instead, leaves bigger scratches but they polish out eventually.
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I've had to stop, it was killing my back, I'll have to do it over a few days.

Here is the nearside one which I just tickled the other day.



Here is the offside one first and second go, hope the phone picked up the difference.




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It still needs a bit more on the OS one, then maybe a polish, but it's miles better and cheaper than new lamps.
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Finally got a day fit to put dogs out.

I would perhaps forgo the Scotchbright pads, the green ones I have are a bit to coarse for plastic, the gree sponge scrubber ones do the job slower but easier to get the scratches out, I first used T-Cut colour restorer, to get most of the glaze off the lenses then finished of with T-Cut scratch remover to get a shine back, it is a bit of a laborious job but cheaper than new lamps.




See finished but not perfect product, near enough though I think, I had to stop it's quite hard on my back controlling the polisher as I am not on level ground.

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Have you made a start on yours yet Terry?
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So all in all would you recommend Kev?

Could you just bullet point your technique and what fluids you used as i was a bit confused by the scotchbrite pads post.

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Not the way my brain is right now, concentration is low, it's only a short thread so just go through it until it makes sense G.


Scotchbright pads are abrasive for scouring a painted surface prior to fine sanding and primer then paint, so I used one under the polishing head to get rid of the glaze on the headlight, but it was too abrasive and gave me more problems, the T-Cut alone will do it but it takes longer and the heat build up can soften and mark the lamp, the green washing up sponge abrasive is milder so I'd go with that if I had to do it again.
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