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Tech Tip: Protecting the Paint for Headlight Restoration
Restoring headlights is a relatively quick and easy process. Or it would be if not for the time it takes to prep the vehicle before beginning the job and cleaning up afterwards. While tedious and time-consuming, it is essential to properly protect, not only the vehicle you are working on, but any other vehicles that are in close proximity.
In our shop we have experimented with a number of different products and processes. Currently, we cover the entire engine compartment with a heavy canvas tarp, use a 2″ blue clean removing painter’s masking tape to mask around the headlights, and use a masking film to cover some or all of the rest of the vehicle. Typically, we use a pre-taped masking film to cover the front half of the vehicle but sometimes it is just as easy to cover the entire vehicle with a disposable drop cloth.
Basically, a canvas tarp covering the engine compartment as the engine is often still hot. Customers may not appreciate a bunch of melted plastic all over their engine. Imagine that! While many customers would not be concerned or even notice a bit of dust or a few drops of polish, it is always our goal to leave the customer’s vehicle in better condition than when we found it. Anything less is unprofessional in my opinion.
Protecting the vehicle’s paint throughout the sanding and polishing process should be a high priority for every headlight restoration technician. Spending a bit of extra time up front simplifies the cleanup process after the job is complete. In most cases, we find covering the fenders, front doors and roof of the vehicle provides adequate protection. If the vehicle is perfectly clean before the restoration we will also cover….Continue Reading
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