DIY: Polishing Tail Lights

Discussion in 'Detailing Forum' started by one.8tee, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. one.8tee

    one.8tee Well-Known Member

    Hey fellas, this won't be a super descriptive write up because there's not much too it. But here ya go!


    Time: 20 minutes


    Materials Used:


    - Porter Cable Polisher / or similar
    - Yellow pad
    - White pad
    - Meguiar's Ultimate Polish
    - Meguiar's Ultimate Compound
    - Masking tape
    - Microfiber detail towel


    Procedure:


    Clean your tail lights off first, make sure no dirt is on them whatsoever. Mask off the paint around the outside of the lights. I went two pieces of tape wide on the edges, just to be careful. First, use the Ultimate Compound with the yellow pad on medium speed to take off heavy oxidation and scratches. If any scratches remain, go over them again. Use proper polishing technique (up and down, then side to side). Wipe residue down with your MF towel. Then polish with Ultimate Polish and white pad, same time and technique as the compound. Wipe residue down with MF towel. Remove tape and voila!


    Would be a good idea to follow up with a plastic sealant to fight against future oxidation and dulling.


    Pictures:


    Before
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    After
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    Will be resized when I can get to a computer, not phone
     
  2. 18t papa

    18t papa I'M OLD PAT!

  3. KurtCav

    KurtCav Posting- God

    the comparison photos are way too close. I honestly don't notice a difference. Do you have any old pics of the whole rear end?
     
  4. Ithaca20thGTI

    Ithaca20thGTI Well-Known Member

    Check out the light in the pics, the first one is fuzzy, the second is like a mirror. Nice job!
     
  5. one.8tee

    one.8tee Well-Known Member

    Hah yeah I mean its not a huge difference, but they look brand new now. Quick 20 min bang up job, worth it for sure
     
  6. lorge1989

    lorge1989 Posting- God

    Do you have the car that says ASS instead of Passat?
     
  7. KurtCav

    KurtCav Posting- God

    durhh. I see now.
     
  8. one.8tee

    one.8tee Well-Known Member

    Hahaha I mean.. I could glue em on real quick. Have ASSTAP rolling around
     
  9. Niagara_V_Dub

    Niagara_V_Dub Well-Known Member

    Girl I knew in Washington had an ASSTAP.:R
     
  10. 18t papa

    18t papa I'M OLD PAT!

    Dirty girl?
     
  11. 18t papa

    18t papa I'M OLD PAT!

    but really, nice work. i love you. do mine. and me.
     

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