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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-21-2018, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Tonight was headlight "restoration." I saw a few places online where people were using toothpaste and a toothbrush with acceptable results. I think wet sanding is a lot of hard work, so I just went over the headlight with toothpaste and a brush, then followed that up with rubbing compound. Since I'm going to tint the lights with light smoke vinyl, I didn't care about perfection and I also didn't spray a UV clear coat. You can definitely tell there's more clarity and also more of a neutral instead of yellowish tone. Works for me!
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Looks good. I did my Mazda P5 lenses with fine car polish a rag and a makita 1/4 sheet sander. It worked pretty darn well.

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Looks good. I did my Mazda P5 lenses with fine car polish a rag and a makita 1/4 sheet sander. It worked pretty darn well.
Thanks! As the old saying goes, there's more than one way to skin a headlight! Or something...
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Last week I "smoked" my headlights so I wouldn't have to clearcoat them after restoration. I'm assuming the tint vinyl will act as the UV protectant. It went on OK although I can't say it's a fun job. There are a bunch of small bubbles but you can only see them close up and they should go away in the summer sun (which is a long, LONG way off).

This pic is from this morning before I took it get the annual safety inspection. It passed--woo hoo!
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Last week I "smoked" my headlights so I wouldn't have to clearcoat them after restoration. I'm assuming the tint vinyl will act as the UV protectant. It went on OK although I can't say it's a fun job. There are a bunch of small bubbles but you can only see them close up and they should go away in the summer sun (which is a long, LONG way off).



This pic is from this morning before I took it get the annual safety inspection. It passed--woo hoo!


Those look really good, I like that they’re darker but not completely black.


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Those look really good, I like that they’re darker but not completely black.
Thanks, I got the lightest "black" I could because any darker might be a visibility issue and I didn't want to keep them from passing inspection (or reduce my visibility at night when driving my kids around). I like them. Makes the 6 look a little more stealthy or something.
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I'm painting my rims and calipers 2 at a time, but divided by driver and passenger sides, since I have directional wheels that I wanted to rotate. I used Rust-Oleum matte black wheel spray paint and Por 15 brush-on red caliper paint. On this first rim I went without primer to see if I could get away with it. I felt like I had to use more paint than I would have with primer, so the rest will be primered. It'll be interesting to see how they compare over time.

Anyways, I think I'm liking it. The wheel finish is more of what I'd consider a satin than a matte, which is actually what I was hoping for. I haven't clear coated because I don't believe Rust-Oleum makes a matte wheel clearcoat. Plus, damage can be easily repainted in the future with just the paint.
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@MazdaMetalhead that looks good the red calipers with the black wheels is a really good combination. You have me reconsidering my choice of blue brake parts lol. Could I ask how much the por 15 caliper paint cost, just looking for a comparison to the duplicolor kit at autozone


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@MazdaMetalhead that looks good the red calipers with the black wheels is a really good combination. You have me reconsidering my choice of blue brake parts lol. Could I ask how much the por 15 caliper paint cost, just looking for a comparison to the duplicolor kit at autozone.
It's under $14 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/POR-15-42806-.../dp/B00IK21RFW

I just used a couple of my kids' paint brushes to apply it. Anything I do you know it's going to be cheap, haha

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. Anything I do you know it's going to be cheap, haha

I completely understand lol same here when I painted mine blue I just bought the $7 vht spray can caliper paint I’ve redone them twice (with the same single can) and they’re already chipping and peeling again, thanks for the link



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