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post #1 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 10:21 AM
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Okay, I just learned a lesson the other day! My neighbor kid came over and asked if he could mow my lawn or wash my car so he could get enough money to go see some wierd movie. I said I just washed my car and my lawn is taken care of by the owner's lawn service, BUT he could wash my bike! Since it was plastered with bugs from a 440+ mile ride, I knew it needed a good wash job. I even set up the hose and bucket and everything for the kid. I figured what harm can a 10 year old do to a parked bike.

BAD IDEA!!!

I don't blame the kid, after all, he was only trying to do the best job he knew how. BUT, he discovered a Scotch-Brite pad in my garage, and thought it was the best thing to use on the bug-splattered head light. NOT! Oh well, he did get the bugs off, AND his mom is HOT (so I didn't want to smack him or chop him up and toss him into the dumpster). Hey, it wouldn't have been a problem if the headlight lens was glass, but it's plastic! And his intentions were good.

NOW I NEED A NEW LENS! Mother Fr!!!

Any ideas if a massive smear of Scotch-Brite scratches can be removed from a plastic headlight lens? Or, if I need to buy a new one, where would I find the best price (I don't EVEN wanna know what Honda charges!). I do have some stuff called Scratch-X that I bought for my old Taurus headlights that didn't really work. Should I try this?

I'm still visible to oncoming cars, and I can still see at night (although I try to be in by dark because I'm sort of "anti-deer-splatter").

Hey, there is a bright side to all this, and a way of making good out of evil:
All the bugs are gone now!
AND he only did the headlight, NOT any other part of the bike! (There MUST BE a god!)

I don't know if I should:
Or if I should:
But I do know one thing:

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 10:27 AM
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I assume since he was a little kid he couldn't have used too much pressure and scratched it too deep. You can probably get away with wet sanding it with 1500-2000 grit sandpaper and then buffing it out. The buffing will require some sort of high-speed buffer. I don't know how much the lens cost but it might be worth it to call a few local car dealerships and ask if they have a headlight resto vendor if you don't want to do it yourself.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 10:41 AM
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It can be repaired - majorrager gave the bulk of what is needed. You can use rubbing compound followed by buffing compound near the end of the process.

http://www.autogeek.net/lenshowto.html
http://www.autogeek.net/headlight-lens.html

While a high-speed buffer is not needed, it sure as heck makes life easier!

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 11:21 AM
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Like they said. Plus, I'm betting that a local detail shop could do it in minutes for you (and probably for a reasonable price). Or, use this as an excuse to buy a new tool.........

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just to mention, you made good work of the smiley thingies





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post #6 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 01:02 PM
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$80 bucks for new lens on bike bandit, $70 with your AMA membership.

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ahem.... https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ht+restoration
the kid already started it, might as well finish the job.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-16-2009, 11:08 PM
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$80 bucks for new lens on bike bandit, $70 with your AMA membership.
BIKE BANDIT??? You mean the planet's most EXPENSIVE online retailer besides Dennis Kirk? Thanks, but no thanks. I ordered ONE item from them and it was so freakin cheap and worthless that it still sits on my shelf in the unopened package (a tether kill switch).

But hey, good news:

I tried that "PlastX" stuff (made by Maquires) that I had laying around and it seemed to take 80% of the scratches out! Yee-Hah!

I'll keep writing down all the stuff you people suggest, so keep those suggestions coming!

But hey, I DO have a current AMA card, so getting at least ONE benefit from my dues would rock! AMA was almost as worthless as joining HRCA! Oh well, I'm still a current NHRA member, so I'm STILL cool...

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Shawn gimme a call it's a easy Fix
I'll call ya in the morning. Too many brewskies since I got back from today's ride, so I don't wanna slur into your ear.

post #11 of 12 Old 04-17-2009, 05:57 AM
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I just checked my local Honda shop, $78.18, -10% for online ordering.

I'd just keep buffing it out (15m/wk) with the Maguire's till you're happy with it.
I would venture, looking it over at night with the lamp on will highlight any scratches that remain.

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post #12 of 12 Old 04-17-2009, 07:09 AM
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yup. you should have it covered by now

30,000 mile 919 survivor. No plans of stopping the abuse any time soon.
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