Episode #10 – Cleaning a Car Tail Light Using Autosol Polish

January 5, 2009 · Filed Under Autosol 

In this demonstration we use Autosol Polish to clean and restore a car tail light. The tutorial includes detailed work instructions and best practices.

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Instructions and Application :

1. Apply a small amount of Autosol about the size of a nickel and spread it evenly on the taillight lens with your  finger tips of your gloved hand. Using a nitrile glove makes a lot of sense in that it is a non allergenic product, that not only keeps your hands clean but also allows you to apply the polish with much less waste. Using this technique, the Autosol polish spreads on evenly to the tail light surface. You also get a feel by the lessening of the friction that the tree sap is being removed and for the length of time you will need to polish the lens.

2. If you would rather apply the polish with a cloth, do so. Many people do use any old soft cloth they have around.  We recommend using a microfiber cloth and rub the paste in a circular motion until all the sap has lifted off the plastic lens. Microfiber cloths because of the nature of the way they are made work well for this application or for that matter almost any thing in the way of car detailing.

3. Continue around the tailight lens until finished. You may need to apply the polish additional times to clean the taillight when trying to remove dryed tree sap. This application also works well if you need to refurbish the finish of the tail light because it has gotten cloudy with age or the back up light section is hazed or cloudy.

4. Turn over the micro fiber cloth and wipe all the polish off and buff to a shine.

Optional – Use of the buffing wheel included in the Autosol Headlight Refinishing Kit. You will use the Autosol Polish and the steps listed above in the same manner. The buffing wheel and drill will just make the job go that much faster. The Autosol Headlight Refinishing Kit includes a 3.3 ounce tube of Autosol Polish, a pair of large nitrile gloves, a microfiber cloth and a 4″ inch extra thick buffing wheel with a 1/2 inch arbor.

1. Apply Autosol polish evenly on the headlight with the fingertips of your nitrile glove.

2. With the buffing wheel on your cordless power drill, slowly buff the polish so that it does not splatter.

3. Let the buffing wheel do the work using low speeds and polishing at 90 degree angles.

4. Continue around the  stop light lens until finished.

5. Use a micro fiber cloth and wipe all the polish residue off.  Flip the microfiber cloth over to a clean side  and buff to a shine.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : Mask off your lights with easy release low tack painters tape to avoid accidental damage to surrounding areas of your vehicle. Watch for heat build up that could distort your headlight lens caused by excessive pressure on the buffing wheel. This is usually not a problem, but it is good to be aware of it.



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