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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:31 am

Wet sand with the finest paper you can get 1500 or 2000 AND Arm & Hammer Toothpaste. Take your time (don't bear down too hard & let the toothpaste and paper do the work) and be sure to polish your lenses with lens polish after you're done sanding. They will look good as new wink


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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:23 pm

If your paint looks like someone took steel wool to it, it's because the paint itself is crap. Believe me, we thought the same thing (that it would need buffed and clay barred). It made a little difference, but a repaint is really the best option
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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:36 pm

I picked up one of these kits. Seems to have received good reviews online. I like the fact that I can attach it to my drill.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headlight-Restoration-System/dp/B001AIZ5HY

Will post before and after pics when I'm done.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:57 pm

Jel:

I have used the 3M kit and it works very good. There is another less expensive option which I mentioned above, but it requires more patience and effort.

Follow the instuctions on your 3M kit closely, take your time and I'm sure you will be pleased.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:21 pm

matt270avian wrote:
If your paint looks like someone took steel wool to it, it's because the paint itself is crap. Believe me, we thought the same thing (that it would need buffed and clay barred). It made a little difference, but a repaint is really the best option

Thanks for the input. I really just want to get rid of all the fine gritty feel of the paint.

But I agree, a new paint job is probably the best option if I wanted it to really shine. Unfortunately a decent one would probably cost more than what I've put into my Riv so far.

For now I can live with it. It is not that bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:25 pm

Jelorian wrote:
I picked up one of these kits. Seems to have received good reviews online. I like the fact that I can attach it to my drill.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headlight-Restoration-System/dp/B001AIZ5HY

Will post before and after pics when I'm done.

So I finally got around to using the 3M kit like in the link above. I results were not quite what I was expecting, but the lenses look a lot better than they were before. To be fair, my expectations were that they would come out matching the headlights, but in retrospect, I don't ever see them looking like that again unless replaced by new lenses.

I followed the directions on the packaging and I think they did turn out great. It did take me longer than I expected as my Dewalt drill ran out of juice a couple times and I couldn't find my corded drill.

I only used up half of the pads so I may go back on one of them and see if I can get them to look even clearer and less yellow.

Here are the pics. Before and after.




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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:07 pm

thumbsup I think that looks pretty darn nice !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello! New 1998 Silver Riviera Owner Here!   Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:54 pm

Very nice.
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