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Lark Leazar
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Clean up headlights with turning supplies - YES
Aug 22nd, 2016 at 6:05am
 
My 11 year old pickup lights were getting pretty hazy and yellow.  As I was reading about different options for cleaning them up, I remember that the micro-mesh abrasives were originally designed for cleaning scratches in airplane windows (or at least that's what I think I heard Smiley ). 

Anyway, some rubbing compound, then the micro-mesh, and then (what the heck) the tripoli and white diamond with the buffs in my hand drill.

Wow - they look great.  Not perfect but a LOT better and the cost was ZERO!
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Re: Clean up headlights with turning supplies - YES
Reply #1 - Aug 22nd, 2016 at 8:30am
 
Lark Leazar wrote on Aug 22nd, 2016 at 6:05am:
and then (what the heck) the tripoli and white diamond


Tripoli: 800-1000 grit
White Diamond: 1500-1800 grit
12,000 MicroMesh is the same as 2000 grit sandpaper. 

White polishing compound is white diamond in paste form.
Brown rubbing compound is tripoli in paste form

Lark Leazar wrote on Aug 22nd, 2016 at 6:05am:
Not perfect but a LOT better

Go back to the mircomesh and I'll bet the lights will be better.
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Re: Clean up headlights with turning supplies - YES
Reply #2 - Aug 22nd, 2016 at 12:53pm
 
I too have used the micromesh on headlights. Works great.  If the lights are really bad, start with Comet cleanser and follow up with micromesh. Works like a charm!
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