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a manly afternoon

after 5 years of hard work, my headlamps have become scratched and foggy from wear and tear. at nighttime, it feels like i don’t have headlamps at all, but instead candles inside jam jars. take a look:

i’m not really a DIY type of guy, but hoping to impress my girlfriend with a clever display of manliness, i decided to DIM (do it myself).

ingredients:

  • 1000, 2000, 3000 grit sandpaper
  • blue painters tape
  • any car plastic polish (i used Meguiars PlastX)
  • water in a spray bottle
  • microfiber cloth

first, clean any dirty and bird feces from the surface of your headlamps. next, use the painters tape to protect your car’s paint around the headlamps. this will prevent the sandpaper and polish from scratching your car’s paint. next, spray the headlamp and the 1000 grit sandpaper with the water and begin sanding. you want to sand straight up and down and straight left to right, at right angles. sand at least 3 passes. you can do it put your back into it! clean off any plastic dust and repeat with the 2000 grit sandpaper at 45 degree angles to the original sanding direction. repeat again with the 3000 grit sandpaper in the same direction as the 1000 grit. lastly, apply the plastic polish to the microfiber cloth and rub firmly in a circular motion. this was probably the toughest part. you really have to apply the polish firmly (or with a rotary pad that i dont have) to make it work. my right arm feels like it will fall off any second now but my final result made it well worth it:

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November 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm 2 comments


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