For vehicles without surface protection, the paint can fade as time passes, and so does the clear coat on their lights. Without proper protection, the shell of light can become oxidized and turn yellow because of UV damage over time.
This points out the importance of protecting your vehicle. It is never too late to install paint protection film on a car. But if your lights are already oxidized, here is a way to bring them back to life before putting a PPF on, which can ensure absolute clarity.
Even if your light is not as bad as turning yellow, this is a great way to prepare it for paint protection film or tint wrapping. And this is also helpful for lights that are damaged because of car wash chemicals with the wrong Pondus Hydrogenii.
The first step is to sand the light. You should use a safe sanding disc like Trizact, which is foamy, squishy and low-pressure, preventing you from creating gouges during the process.
By doing this, you can sand off the old oxidation. Before proceeding, apply masking tape around the light to avoid damaging the paint on the outside. Then, put lubricant on the light for preparation. You can use a rinse wash. Spray it over the light, then you can take the sanding disc out.
Fold it in fourths, and start sanding with diagonal strokes and fingertip pressure. Do not press pressure through your arm. Work with even pressure when proceeding. And as you work out and down, you will see yellow substances flowing down. Spray more of the solution when it needs it as you sand. Flip the sanding disc to the other side if it needs.
Once you finish sanding, put more spray on the surface, and take a microfiber towel to wipe out all the excess liquid. Dry it out and double-check if there is any oxidized substance remaining.
Now that the first step is done, you can start polishing it with the suitable compound. Shake it up beforehand so it mixes up well. Put a microfiber pad on a dual-action polisher, and apply the compound to the pad. Use your finger to spread it evenly, apply more when the compound gets into the fiber, and spread it out again.
Start the machine and go left to right, up and down. Adjust the polisher’s speed accordingly during the process. Add more compound when it needs. And clean out your pad if there is too much built up on it.
The light should look much better as soon as you finish compounding. Spray it with the solution you used during the first stage, and wipe it off with a microfiber towel, which can prevent the compound from building up too much heat on the surface.
You can then extract more gloss, and this can give you absolute clarity when the paint protection film is on. Take the microfiber pad off from the polisher, and switch it to a foam pad. Apply the same compound to it and polish the light one more time.
When everything is done, the light should look brand-new again. Learn more tips for maintaining lights at teckwrap.com