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DIY: JDM 90-93 Integra Headlight Renewal

Discussion in '90-93 Integra' started by boridb1, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. boridb1

    boridb1 New Member

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    Oct 16, 2006
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    Headlight Renewal
    JDM 90-93 Integra Headlights

    I am not held liable for any errors.

    Pictures are from a camera phone, so I apologize for the quality, but you can still see pretty good what needs t be done.

    Materials Needed:
    1. 400 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper
    2. 600 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper
    3. 1000 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper
    4. 1500 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper
    5. TurtleWax Polishing Compound (White)
    6. TurtleWax Heavy Duty Rubbing Compound (Red)
    7. Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish (Can be bought separate as Plastic Cleaner and Plastic Polisher)
    8. Bowl of Water
    9. Terry Cloth Towels (I used an old shirt)


    With that said, you will need to remove the headlights from you car. Since I had just gotten these, I did not have to go through Step 1.

    Step 1: Remove headlights from car.
    Here are the headlights right when I got them, you can see they are all faded and yellow = :thumbsdown:. They were worse, trust me.




    Step 2: Start off with 400 Grit Wet/Dry sandpaper going in a side to side motion (lengthwise). Do not change directions, this means don't sand up and down or in circles. You can start without any water, but as soon as the clear coat starts coming off, you can begin wet sanding.

    400 grit sanding.


    after 400 grit (clear coat removed)


    Step 3: When the entire clear coat is removed, move on to 600 Grit and in the same side to side motion, start wet sanding.

    600 grit sanding

    after 600 grit sanding

    Step 4: Repeat with 1000 Grit and water. (I didnt have 1000 grit so I moved onto 1500)

    Step 5: Repeat with 1500 Grit and water.

    1500 grit sanding

    after 1500 grit sanding
    if your headlights look clean but hazy at this step, then you have done everything correctly!

    Step 6: Now, with a clean Terry cloth Towel (I used an old regular cloth shirt), apply the TurtleWax Rubbing compound in the same lengthwise motion and rub it in for a couple of minutes, then wipe and clean dry.

    applying rubbing compund

    after rubbing compund

    Step 7: With a new cloth towel, apply the TurtleWax Polishing compound in the same lengthwise motion, again wipe and clean dry.

    applying polishing compund

    after polishing compund

    Step 8: The Headlights should look close to new at this stage, apply the PlastX Plastic Cleaner & Polish and rub it thoroughly, then wipe and clean until it’s dry.

    applying PlastX polish

    Final Result - Comparison​

    renewed vs. old yellowed lights


    I am very happy with the final result, it does take some time and elbow grease, but it’s very well worth it. Good luck.


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  2. JDaM_Driver

    JDaM_Driver New Member

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    Awesome, is it the same steps to clean the side of them? My headlights are dirty from the inside.
  3. p_856

    p_856 New Member

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    they turned out great i have to try this one day are the steps the same for glass and plastic headlights
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