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    Front light fun!

    Looks like im going to be bust the next week... One light down, 5 to go.
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    Nice Eric - I was lucky to score a NOS set of headlights off eBay many years ago. My inners are repro and the outers are wet sanded and buffed (need to do them again).
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    bought THAT set in ~2002-2003 NOS on ebay trashed after only 15 years.
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    Looks pretty good if it started out like the driver's one for sure. Mine are starting to yellow a bit, but luckily no surface hazing yet. Very happy considering they were replaced back in the late 90's. Wish I had more money back then and had bought 2 sets of lights, since they were only $180 for all 6 back then...
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    yeah, it was just as bad...
    that's 400 - 800 - 1200, then 3 coats of UV protectant for plastic. after a couple days curing time, I'll hit with some 3000 (which is about like rubbing news-paper on it )
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    Nice! Many years ago a member here polished the set we had on our 86. They looked GREAT when we put them back on. Unfortunately, they lasted only a year, or two before they were back yellowed. I don't think they got coated with anything, and we were still storing the car outside.

    I'm hoping the new repro set we have will look clear longer, but the car now stays indoors, and I'm thinking seriously about installind LEDs to keep the in-housing temps down, in an effort to reduce yellowing.

    What's the product name of the protectant you are using?
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    according to the research I've done, you should be able to just take some polishing compound, and remove the oxidization, then put a coat of UV protectant clear-coat on them.
    no need to go through the wet sanding like I've done.

    The stuff I've used is just rust-oleum, GLOSS-CLEAR, which lists 'bonds to plastic' and UV-Resistant, non-yellowing.

    There's probably better stuff out there, but this was available, and cheap.
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    Acrylic paints are naturally UV resistant. If you use an Acrylic clear gloss, then polish it after it dries.
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    Mike, nailed it on the head. Just plain old acrylic paint is a 'natural' UV blocker and will save the non-UV stable polycarbonate lens...kind of like a sun-screen. I am sure there are 'better' grades of acrylic paints out there, but one of the Plastics Engineers that used to work here came from the automotive world and worked on a lot of headlight assemblies. He said, any clear acrylic spray paint will do, but cautioned that some brands have stronger carrier chemicals that can sometimes fog the polycarbonate as it dries. He recommended trying it on a small spot before spraying the entire surface, just in case. I used some Krylon brand 'crystal clear' acrylic on my wife's former Forester lights and they came out great. YMMV.
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