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    Decided to give a shot at restoring some of my headlight lenses. The outers mainly, but did a half job on the inners too. The headlights I purchased brand new from ford around 10 years ago but the car has hardly been driven so they are still like new.

    Thought of some of the quick fixes and different kits, but decided to do the thorough sand and clearcoat process. Spent some decent money for very fine sandpapers and got a UV resistant clearcoat. I am very happy with the results. Like anything, if you put the time into something and don't rush it you will end up with decent results. However my lack of attention to where I left the outers to dry left me running back outside to move them out of direct sunlight.... It was too late and I now have some spider webbing on them. That being said they still turned out awesome, so I will revisit them another day to re-sand and clear.

    My process was wetsanding, the rough sand down with 600grit, again with 1200, then finish with 2000 grit. I did a circular motion and before moving to a higher count sandpaper I did finishing horizontal (side to side) passes to help with the clear to stick on the lenses. I used a water bottle to keep wetting the sandpaper and lens to clear the debris. I would do about 1/3 of the lens, soak it all down, keep doing to 2/3, soak it all again, finish the surface and soak it all. Then do the horizontal sanding, then soak that. Cloth dry, and move on to a higher count doing the exact same wetting process. When I sprayed I did very light layers of clear at a time, 4 or 5 times total.. To try and prevent running or beading. I just used aerosol can stuff and was careful to keep an appropriate distance from the lens to apply. I let about 10 minutes to dry before throwing another layer on.

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    And the inners
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    Hell yeah, that looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23027 View Post
    Decided to give a shot at restoring some of my headlight lenses. The outers mainly, but did a half job on the inners too. The headlights I purchased brand new from ford around 10 years ago but the car has hardly been driven so they are still like new.

    Thought of some of the quick fixes and different kits, but decided to do the thorough sand and clearcoat process. Spent some decent money for very fine sandpapers and got a UV resistant clearcoat. I am very happy with the results. Like anything, if you put the time into something and don't rush it you will end up with decent results. However my lack of attention to where I left the outers to dry left me running back outside to move them out of direct sunlight.... It was too late and I now have some spider webbing on them. That being said they still turned out awesome, so I will revisit them another day to re-sand and clear.

    My process was wetsanding, the rough sand down with 600grit, again with 1200, then finish with 2000 grit. I did a circular motion and before moving to a higher count sandpaper I did finishing horizontal (side to side) passes to help with the clear to stick on the lenses. I used a water bottle to keep wetting the sandpaper and lens to clear the debris. I would do about 1/3 of the lens, soak it all down, keep doing to 2/3, soak it all again, finish the surface and soak it all. Then do the horizontal sanding, then soak that. Cloth dry, and move on to a higher count doing the exact same wetting process. When I sprayed I did very light layers of clear at a time, 4 or 5 times total.. To try and prevent running or beading. I just used aerosol can stuff and was careful to keep an appropriate distance from the lens to apply. I let about 10 minutes to dry before throwing another layer on.


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    Those look great, but so did mine after I did them, now they look like crap again. Can you provide the name of the UV resistance clearcoat that you used?
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    I'm curious how well this stuff works: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...light-coating/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar5.0 View Post
    Those look great, but so did mine after I did them, now they look like crap again. Can you provide the name of the UV resistance clearcoat that you used?
    Yeah! I used Rustoleum Gloss Clear. Says UV Resistant and Non-Yellowing right on the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 23027 View Post
    Yeah! I used Rustoleum Gloss Clear. Says UV Resistant and Non-Yellowing right on the label.

    Thanks!
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    Finally got some working room in the new garage, after getting some good secondary storage for the 240.


    Have room, finally, now just need to find more time.

    Lots of projects to do, so let's see what actually gets done.
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    I feel a jealous feeling coming on....lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck W View Post

    Finally got some working room in the new garage, after getting some good secondary storage for the 240.


    Have room, finally, now just need to find more time.

    Lots of projects to do, so let's see what actually gets done.
    Is that thing snow rated?

    Can't wait to see the T-bird out and about again.
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    As always, that's a damned nice car, Chuck. Glad you still have it.


    As for me, hardly have any time to do anything. Still have the Stang coupe, and now a Flareside truck. Dunno why I picked the truck up, it's like 3rd down on the list of shit that needs attention. First off is an engine swap in two Explorers. One's a 4.0 SOHC that decided the timing chain (pass side) needed to break, so I'm doing a V8 swap sometime in the next 50 years, and my daily driver explorer also needs a fresher engine. At least it's a 5.0 already, but burns through about 3 qts oil/week.

    The rest of it's pretty solid despite it's mileage. I'm second owner. I doubt I could find another '98 in as nice of a shape as this one for less than twice what I paid. I gave 1750 bucks for it at an auction.

    An older couple owned it, he died, she sold off their property and moved to town.

    We also have a Lexus. You want to talk about a nice car. No soul like a Fox though. I've been eyeing a V8 87 'Bird, locally. Guy wants 3K for it, which is fine, it's in good shape, but I can't part with that kind of $ right now.

    Unless I sell a Mustang.

    And thanks be to barrett jackson for making coupes and Foxes suddenly go up in value LOL
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