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Old 08-03-2017, 03:16 AM   #37
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Here's the steering wheel cover I bought from eBay for $24/shipped. The leather is nice and I like the red stitching. Installation was a breeze.

I also bought a dashmat from eBay for $18/shipped. This one is from China so I wasn't sure of the quality but it got to me pretty quickly and I'm happy with it. The circular velcro bits that came with it aren't very sticky or strong, so I may buy some velcro strips to better keep the edges down. It's been settling in for a few days and keeps looking better.

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Old 08-03-2017, 03:21 AM   #38
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I also washed the car and used a clay bar on it afterwards.

The paint is pretty rough and is in definite need of polish and wax. I've never used a clay bar before and I'm amazed at the difference in smoothness. It got too late to polish it this evening, so I'll get that done tomorrow and post some pics. :)
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:27 AM   #39
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I dig the wheel cover.

Coincidentally, I just had my better half's Honda clay bar'd and like you, I was blown away at how smooth the paint was afterwards.
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I found some rough spots I missed with the clay bar yesterday, so I remedied that also used the clay bar on the windows.

I was putting on Armor All tire shine gel that got really good reviews on Amazon and noticed how rusty the steel wheels and scratched up the hubcaps are. A quick search of the forum and YouTube shows me another project I can do. :)

And lastly the headlights were really yellow and oxidized, so I used Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit on them and I'm really love the results. They look great! Below is a picture where the left light is untouched and the right one is done. The difference is very dramatic in person which isn't shown very well in the photos.

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:41 PM   #41
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I had 3M protective UV film put on my headlights shortly after purchase, while getting my windows tinted, to prevent the hazing/yellowing that occurs on plastic headlight housings - especially in areas with strong sun/UV penetration. Seems like you could do that after restoring the headlights to prevent it from hazing/yellowing up again in a few months (it happens fast after the base protective coating on the lense is gone, and then not protected by UV film or whatever). I didn't have the film on my old Accord, and it was a huge pain trying to keep those lenses clear and new looking.
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I had 3M protective UV film put on my headlights shortly after purchase, while getting my windows tinted, to prevent the hazing/yellowing that occurs on plastic headlight housings - especially in areas with strong sun/UV penetration. Seems like you could do that after restoring the headlights to prevent it from hazing/yellowing up again in a few months (it happens fast after the base protective coating on the lense is gone, and then not protected by UV film or whatever). I didn't have the film on my old Accord, and it was a huge pain trying to keep those lenses clear and new looking.
Thanks for the idea! I'll definitely look into that. I wouldn't want to repeat the refinishing process multiple times a year since it's very sunny in Hawaii.
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