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VX220 Lights Repair

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Muncher, 29 May 2006.

  1. Muncher


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,169

    Location: Ipswich

    Following on from the thread about my car being keyed, I repaired both of my rear lights this weekend.

    The nearside rear had a scratch all the way across it, about 1.5mm deep, very visible and easily catches your nail as your pass your finger across it. The offside one was scratched about an inch too.

    I bought a MicroMesh perspex repair kit from an aircraft supplier who sell them for removing scratches from aircraft canopies. It consists of a foam block, 6 different grades of MicroMesh which is a special fabric based wet abrasive, 2 cotton wipes and some MicroMesh finishing compound.

    The kit said to use coarse wet and dry paper, down to 220 grade to remove traces of the scratch, I opted for a more cautious 400 grade. That took about an hour to do both lights, the key is to do it slowly and to reove all traces whatsoever.

    Next, starting with the most course MicroMesh, rub only in one direction for a few minutes, I did 3 passes of each light, wiping it down in between. Repeating for all grades, eventually ending at 6000 grade, which is about as coarse as A4 paper...

    Finally rubbing using half of the cloth wipe in one direction, using quite a bit of pressure with the cloth wrapped tightly round the block. After a few minutes rubbing the lights were looking pretty damn good, though still some scratches left though.

    So I then got the Mer scratch repair drill attachment out and put a plastic bag over it, the cloth then tied and taped it together. I then went over the lights a couple of times using a fairly low speed and just the end of the pad, finally washed them and the results are below. They are pretty much optically perfect which I'm quite happy with.






    Last edited: 29 May 2006
  2. Gaijin


    Joined: 18 Feb 2003

    Posts: 8,501

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    Bloody great result sir! Well done :)
  3. agw_01


    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,690


    Wow! That's amazing work! What I want to know is how the hell does sand paper end up making a surface smooth and shiny like that.

    Top job :cool:
  4. timbob


    Joined: 27 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,097

    Top job!

    I'm very impressed with the way you've undertaken all this repair work yourself, in your own time, with miniumal experience, turning out excellent results. Given the circumstances surrounding the initial damage, it's been an excellent attitude to take - hats off!

  5. Memphis


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 12,204

    Location: Inverness

    Great stuff dude, job well done!

    I'd have been craping myself at the first stage thinking what the hell have I done to my lights!
  6. Scottland


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,263

    Location: North Wales

    That looks a top job, you fitted it back in yet?

    How's the car now, is there much (if any) left over from the incident?
  7. Burned_Alive


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,654

    Location: Cheshire

    This is why i really fear having a nice car, someone else always ruins it. Excellent work there though mate!
  8. F355


    Joined: 21 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,717

    Location: Hampshire

    Excellent :D

    I have used that micromesh stuff before. Its good at getting scratches out of watch faces too.
  9. Muncher


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,169

    Location: Ipswich

    Thanks :)

    The paintwork repair is still in its early stages, I'm away for a week so will crack on when I get back. I made a few early attempts, and stopped to revise for my finals after covering with a rough, thick layer of paint.

    They're not back on the car yet, they're just drying out then I'm going to seal both with mastic while they're off, to prevent any leaks.

    The initial sandpaper is what you'd expect, but the MicroMesh is like leather, even the most coarse grade is still extremely smooth.
  10. S@njay


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,074

    Location: MK

    very impressed!

    And look on the good side, with all this slight sanding, your car will be slightly lighter than other cars in the class!

    I need to get rid of some scratches in my car, one of my rear arches got keyed :( Cant wait to do it, only after i finish my final exams thou.

    I guess as long as you have the paitents, you can have a great result!
  11. TripleT


    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,462

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Looking great mate :)

    Really admire your paticence, I'd have got angry, broken something, and then just paid for it to be fixed by now! :o :p
  12. Tesla


    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

    Posts: 17,410

    Location: Bristol, UK

    Cracking job there, really looks the business.

    How is the paint work at the moment?
  13. eidolon


    Joined: 31 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,865

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Excellent job Muncher, they look better than new!!
  14. AmDaMan


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,972

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    Awsome mate well done! How many man hours have you spent on the lot so far?
  15. Muncher


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,169

    Location: Ipswich

    Too many to count, 25ish on the paint in bits and pieces.

    About 5 hours on the lights.
  16. olv


    Joined: 12 Jan 2005

    Posts: 5,281

    Location: london

    wow, impressive finish!
  17. Gilly

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    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 95,526

    Location: I'm back baby!

    I still need to sort out the keying my car got when I was on the liverpool meet. Had a mate's mate trying to fit me in but he's well busy. Would only cost £15 there :/

    nice work Muncher