Svended my headlights

The Miata has had a bad case of illuminative cataracts for a long time, and previous attempts to remedy the condition have produced middling results at most. Since I still had some time to go before beer o’clock and had nothing better to do, I set out to try my hand at curing what ailed the headlights.

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I got this kit at malWart for fifteen bucks and change. It comes with 800, 1500, and 2000-grit sanding discs, a polishing pad, a Velcro-faced drill tool, polishing compound, and bad Spanish translation.

I started by masking around the headlights to keep the sandpaper from eating the already thin paint. Then I gave them a squirt from a water bottle and set off with the sanding.

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After the first round on the driver’s side, things already were looking better. I switched to the other side before moving to the next finer paper.

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Better. Lots of splatter everywhere, though. I’ll have to wash it off afterwards.

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Looks good after 2000-grit, but needs some polish.

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I guess it’s not going to get better than this without replacing the assemblies. Time to wash the splatter off.

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Okay, so they didnt turn out spectacular, and the lenses will become opaque again relatively soon. However, for $15 and under an hour of work, I’m satisfied with the results.

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So, how’s your Saturday been?

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