How to Fix Plastic Headlights With Clear Cote

Written by lisa wampler
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Clear Cote makes products that you can use for numerous applications. Fixing a cracked or broken plastic headlight lens is one application for which Clear Cote is perfect, because of its quick-setting resins. With a few supplies and a buffer, you can restore your plastic headlights to near-new and avoid paying the skyrocketing costs for replacement headlights. Even if the other headlight on your car does not require a repair, buff it to match the shine of the repaired lens. This will give the car a uniform look.

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Things you need

  • Penknife
  • Sandpaper
  • Naphtha
  • Clear Cote high-gloss epoxy
  • Buffer
  • Buffing compound

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    Clean the headlight crack by removing any debris with a penknife and sandpaper. It's important for the crack to be as clean as possible. Any dirt left if the crack will be visible once repaired. Wash away any dust particles with naphtha and allow to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Fill the crack in the lens with Clear Cote high-gloss epoxy. The epoxy should sit slightly above the lens to allow for sanding flat once dry.

  3. 3

    Sand the resin flat with the surface of the lens. Start with 600 grit paper, then move to 800 grit, 1,000 grit and 1,200 grit. This will give the epoxy a glasslike look.

  4. 4

    Buff the entire lens with a buffer and buffing compound. Once buffed, the lens and the epoxy will have very little difference in texture and shine.

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