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Old 08-08-2012   #1
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Smile Punto Headlight Restoration

Decided to attack the headlights on the wifes Mk2 Punto today. They were showing pretty bad pitting and spiders webbing etc.

Used 1200 and 2000 grit wet sand paper, Megs #82 and #83 Mirror glaze on a cutting pad with a rotary polisher.


What I started with.






All sanded up



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Re: Punto Headlight Restoration

i've noticed that in places my mk2b lights have started to go like that
that white patchy-ness that rough to the touch....

Will any cutting polish do the trick?

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Yes, dont get too excited about polishes, the Megs stuff is what I have at hand. I have used AG Paint restorer and AG SRP in the past.
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Re: Punto Headlight Restoration

Wow....
That really makes a massive improvement...
Top job.
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Re: Punto Headlight Restoration

Makes me wanna do mine now
Shame i dont have a pad thats got much in the form of cutting power....

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Re: Punto Headlight Restoration

looks good!

you can buy plastic polishing kits from DIY stores that use a resin compound and a drill mounted polishing head

i,ve been using a similar process to polish an aluminium aeroplane propeller to a mirror finish, which i eventually plan to mount on a wall somewhere. however it did a nice job of my headlights too
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i Had a go at my lights today which are really bad made a really good improvement but i think they need another going over, great guide though
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i Had a go at my lights today which are really bad made a really good improvement but i think they need another going over, great guide though
Yea its better to get it done perfectly

In the UK its an mot failure if the haze or distortion is too bad it affects the light pattern

Seen it happen before, you might be lucky and get an advisory.

Catch it early - it'll save ALOT of work

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I done the toothpaste method on mums Yaris headlamps tonight. Well impressed. Should be good for another decade now
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I done the toothpaste method on mums Yaris headlamps tonight. Well impressed. Should be good for another decade now

AH thats how you get that bright white light then?

Smell Fresh for 24hours?

Or was it the sensitive type?

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AH thats how you get that bright white light then?

Smell Fresh for 24hours?

Or was it the sensitive type?

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there was a u tube link i posted in the tech section with toothpaste used a few days ago.


https://www.fiatforum.com/tech-talk/...-car-have.html
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there was a u tube link i posted in the tech section with toothpaste used a few days ago.


https://www.fiatforum.com/tech-talk/...-car-have.html
I knew I've found it somewhere on here, but couldn't remember where to thank you
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Re: Punto Headlight Restoration

Here the results on mums Yaris.

Before


After


I'm well impressed. Been meaning to sort them for a while, and was going to get the expensive professional stuff, however 1/3 tube of Sensodine (sp?) later and jobs a good one
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