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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject:  Polishing the Tails? Reply with quote

What should i polish my tail lights with? After winter, i am going to be doing a complete detail on my car. Only thing i am unsure about is making the tail lights look almost new. Any tips?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ive never done it .... nut a clay bar might make them look newer unless for some reason you cant use it on that plastic.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject:  Re: Polishing the Tails? Reply with quote

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What should i polish my tail lights with? After winter, i am going to be doing a complete detail on my car. Only thing i am unsure about is making the tail lights look almost new. Any tips?


I've used plastic polish and so far, it's worked well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I usually just use whatever wax I am using and the buffer.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As for the clay bar goes, i think i read and even may have asked this question in another thread. IIRC it is not such a good idea to use the clay on the tails for some reason. I may be completely wrong though.

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I usually just use whatever wax I am using and the buffer.


i wax them every time i wax the car, but i dont use a buffer just do it by hand. They look good for about a day or two, but then back to a non shiny black.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I use a product called Plexus Plastic Cleaner. Most bike or marine shops carry it. You will have to use it a couple of times to remove the wax build up. I was asked once if I had replaced my tails after using it .Also works good on the headlights.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can take care of your tail lights just like you would the rest of your car. Hit it with a clay bar, cleaner wax, polish and final coat wax. Same goes for headlights and OEM wheels. They will look newer much, much longer.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

mine get waxed with the car as they are tinted. headlights as well. peace, john

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:29 am    Post subject:  Re: Polishing the Tails? Reply with quote

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What should i polish my tail lights with? After winter, i am going to be doing a complete detail on my car. Only thing i am unsure about is making the tail lights look almost new. Any tips?


I've used plastic polish and so far, it's worked well.


Likelwise, I wax them with the rest of the car and then apply clear plastic polish to the tails and headlights. Works well for me. The clear plastic polish makes them look really fresh and new. I use that on my radio display as well to get rid of fine line sctratches.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had a 14,000 grit buffing liquid left over from a job years ago. Worked great on the tails but the stuff runs about $80 a bottle. I would think any good buffing wax would work with a buffer.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You can take care of your tail lights just like you would the rest of your car. Hit it with a clay bar, cleaner wax, polish and final coat wax. Same goes for headlights and OEM wheels. They will look newer much, much longer.


^This^ I used a two step polish followed by a sealant with a RO when I did the STi, the results were phenomenal. A little over two months later and they still look brand new.

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