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I think mine are worse than yours.

I definitely need to get to work on them.

The car was garaged for most of its' life, and the headlights were pretty clear until two years ago. Then we filled the garage with "honey do" projects and it has been outside ever since.

Wow, what a difference two years makes on headlights.





















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naw, , , rubbing compound, polish/buffing compound first. . . you risk nothing by trying the "softer" approach first, , ,(except for a little time/elbow-grease)

IF you need sandpaper, you might not have to start out with the coarser grits, , , probably start with 800-1000 grit.

BTW, , , amazon has a $10 packet of 3 inch sandpaper grits (5 pieces at 6 grits for total of 30) and the velcro style cushioned pad for the drill. Good way to save some bucks. . .
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After I clean up the back-up windshield, I'm planning on doing the Tahoe headlights, , , the PO must've parked headed-in against thick bushes ALOT!!!

John, are the headlights on the Vibe this bad?? Looks like I'll try the rubbing compound first, , , , but a nagging feeling makes me think it'll be sandpaper-time if the results aren't any good.

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I know you want ot try and save some money, but this company has replacement headlights for most of the older vehicles and the prices aren't bad. Considering the amount of time and work ti takes to refinish the old lights, you can replace them with NEW.
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Good info Cihilib, , , I looked mine up & they run $115 EACH+ free shipping, , ,

Retired, on a fixed income means I got a Helluva lot more "time" than money and a $10-27 expense is right in my "wheel-house". Each light might take an hour or two, , ,besides mama sees me outside working and is reluctant to think of any more "honey-do" crap

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That's $222.00 for a set for my car, but they are listed as "out of stock".

that is comparable to what I paid J.C. Whitney for a set for our 2005 Vibe, which lasted us about 4 weeks because a buck deer totalled out that car...

sad story on that type of headlight.
the up/dn adjustment screw is buried deep inside the assembly, and if you run it too high, it falls off the screw threads and the beam drops all the way down to the bumper....

how do I know this? I was adjusting the passenger side and had it "almost right" and thunk! it fell off the screw.......... I was pissed, a brand new headlight, totally useless.

and what is worse, to get to the screw that secures it to the body, requires you to remove the entire front end, grill, bumper, and side fender skirts.

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Now, , , if you put Hydraulic shocks (like the "low-riders" used to do 'round here) on that car, you could point them lights as hi or low as you wanted!!!! PROBLEM SOLVED
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The 1000 grit would've worked for the oxidation but did NOTHING about those "brush scratches". I had to begin with 240 grit and work my way up to 5000 grit. After the rubbing compound/polishing compound the headlights are "like new".
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When sanding,put a tablespoon of dishwasher soap in your water ,keeps the wet/dry sandpaper from clogging and not scratch so much,400 works good for starts and then the higher grit.
This will polish the plastic fine after sanding after 1000 sanding
Power buff at under 1600 rpm,don’t want to get it hot
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YEP, , , I dribble some DAWN liquid dish soap too, seems to work well.

Thanks for "sharing" Pure Texas, , ,wasn't trying to keep a secret, , just forgot to include that in my tips.
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