Wednesday, September 19, 2007

99-04 Mustang Brake Light Restoration

This is some before and after for probably one of the most common problem areas of this style mustang... the rear third brake light lense. I don't know if I've seen a mustang this style without a crapped out lense. I guess it is the material.

With very little work, you can restore this lense to factory finish. Here is the process and products used:
  • Wet sand with 400 grit (3M Sandpaper)
  • Wet sand with 1000 grit (3M Sandpaper)
  • Wet sand with 2000 grit (3M Sandpaper)
  • Polish with Meguiar's ScratchX on a Lake Country orange pad on rotary at about 1,200 rpm
Before:
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Afters:
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's rediculous! You are a LIAR! You just bought a new brake light, ditn't ya! DIDN'T YA! Just Kiddin. Looks good!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Can you give a little more detail to the ignorant like me? For instance, what equipment is needed? When you say rotary, where can I get one? Could I get away just using sand paper and no machines? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

One more thing. Did you have to remove the plastic cover before restoring it?

Dan Ponjican said...

A rotary buffer/polisher is widely available at any hardware/tool supply store. I recommend the Makita 9227C or the Dewalt DW849 model. You can find lower cost units at discount tool outlets like Harbor Freight tools for under $40.

A machine polisher like a rotary buffer will be essential to this process. If you didn't machine polish after the sanding steps, the surface would look dull and unreflective.

Ford Mustang said...

As usual, you do an incredible job!


What kind of time frame does it take to get the whole job done start to finish?