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MDetail
Oct 23rd, 2006, 09:33 PM
So about a month ago I decided to tackle this project.

http://www.schotography.com/photos/albums/uploads/Detail_grncivic/96grn_hcv_0024.jpg

I thought it was going to be a project, not impossible. As I was polishing the car, I kept bringing out more and more knicks, small deep scratches, and other junk. I knew it had a bunch of scratches, I didn't know it had that many. Along with the clear coat failing on the hood, front and rear bumper falling off, bunch of dents, well let's just say its going to take more than polishing to get it how I want it. Anyways the headlights were the best part.

Wash
Moose Cutting Cream on Cutting Pad
PwC
(I probably should have kept working on the driver headlight since there were more divets. But I didn't want to go too far.)

Passenger Before
http://www.schotography.com/photos/albums/uploads/Detail_grncivic/detailafter_0002.jpg
Passenger After
http://www.schotography.com/photos/albums/uploads/Detail_grncivic/detailafter_0004.jpg

Driver Before
http://www.schotography.com/photos/albums/uploads/Detail_grncivic/detailafter_0006.jpg

Drum roll please .......





http://www.schotography.com/photos/albums/uploads/Detail_grncivic/detailafter_0005.jpg

frustrateddetailer
Oct 24th, 2006, 05:43 AM
nice work mehn! ! :bow :bow :bow

ACleanSC4
Oct 30th, 2006, 03:15 PM
great work! did you just polish up the outside or did you open up the headlights and clean inside & out?

If you did open the headlight to clean inside, what did you use to clean the chrome reflector?

pimpciv98
Dec 28th, 2006, 11:37 AM
just curious have the same civic. how much did doing this add to night time visibility?

Rick McDonough
Dec 28th, 2006, 11:39 AM
Nice work! It looks like a different headlamp!:bigups

Tom Claessens
Dec 28th, 2006, 12:28 PM
Like Rick said, almost looks like you changed the headlights ;)
good job!

hondaprelude98
Dec 28th, 2006, 05:10 PM
That is a awesome job hope i can do that to my honda

DieselMDX
Dec 28th, 2006, 06:09 PM
great job what an improvement!

TripleDES
Dec 28th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Can you give more details as to how you went about the restoration?

farefax
Dec 28th, 2006, 09:19 PM
Nice job They look great Details would be nice, wifes lights are horrible and need to be done.

gorin002
Dec 28th, 2006, 10:33 PM
good job

MDetail
Jan 28th, 2007, 03:44 PM
ACleanSC4 - I only polished the outsides of the headlight.

pimpciv98 - I am not sure, I don't own the car, so I don't know. But the one I am about to post, the owner says it helps with viibility ALOT.

TripleDES _ Pretty Simple. Cutting Mosse on a Cutting pad, then on to M-9 on a polishing pad. Then lastly your favorite wax. You may want to give 2-3 applications of cutting before you move to polishing if the lights are bad enough.

Here is what I finished a couple weeks ago.

From this:
http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/9360/240headlights0003wa2.jpg

To this:
http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/9210/240headlights0006nh0.jpg
:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Sydster
Jan 28th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Great job there mschoelen, it looks like you installed a new set of head lights. Great save! :bigups