In an attempt to remove the oxidation off my headlight covers, i bought a 3M sandpaper/polish kit from autozone that came highly recommended by the manager. the sandpaper padding attaches to a drill.
I feel like such an idiot..... Despite following all the instructions, the sandpaper has created white marks that seem permanent. they're not really scratches as much as they are just opaque marks that seem embedded into the plastic. Have i ruined the headlight?
I re-did the entire process hoping a second round would remove the scratches.
What are my options here? i am literally sick to my stomach at the thought that i damaged my baby. it looks much worse in person - the pictures don't capture the extent of the marks.
Depending on how deep the marks are and if they've been created by the heat of the drill:
You can do no harm by using some wet and dry 1500 fine or 2500 which is very fine. Something like SCRATCH-X (or T-CUT or PLASPOL) will help at the same time. Use the wet and dry with warm water to dip it in with a little Fairy Liquid in the water. Just try it on a small area a few inches square to let you see the results and to give you an idea of how long you need to rub in circular motions and how it is working. You will probably need to go at it for a while because those wet and dry grades are fine.
Take the headlight out (two mins) and do it indoors. and away from the paintwork around it.
I've used the above materials and method on cd's that have been very very badly scratched. NEVER use any machine always by hand.
You can't just buy the plastic covers, they are glued to the rest of the headlight. You have to get the complete headlight.
Edited by X-UFO, November 27, 2009 - 03:38 PM.