Volvo S60 / V70 Plastic Headlight polishing

Just a quick post on some headlight polishing results.  Many of the newer Volvos have plastic headlights that are prone to fogging, fading, and yellowing over the years.  While the 2001-2004 S60 and V70 models used glass headlights, the later cars used plastic, as did all XC90 models.

On my sister’s 2005 Volvo V70, I recently buffed the headlights using this Meguiar’s G3000 HD Restoration Kit.  The kit comes with 1000 grit sandpaper, 2000 grit sandpaper, a bottle of polish, a polishing wheel that attaches to an electric drill, and a bottle of UV protectant.  The products are used in that order.

It’s easy to use, and with careful masking tape application and reading the instructions, plan on 45 to 60 minutes for the job.  The longer you spend sanding and polishing on each step, the better your results – especially on that final polishing step.

It is easier to access the tops of the headlights (which are usually the most faded) with the hood open.  And it is a good idea to double-up masking tape layers anywhere that you might accidentally wear through the tape.  I used 2″ wide blue painters tape.  Lastly, make sure to start the drill slowly, or you’ll fling polish everywhere!

Here are some pictures:

The consequences of big wheels

Front drivers corner with new Enkei J10 silver wheels

When I went to wash the 850 recently, I noticed that the front tires were badly worn from rubbing on the inner fenders (the plastic fender liner).  The previous owner had fitted very large 18″×8″ Volvo “Mirzam” wheels, with 235/40/18 Riken Raptor tires, which were too large for the car and had worn away the inner fender liners, and badly damaged the tires.  I replaced these with 16″x7″ Enkei J10 silver wheels and 215/55/16 Bridgestone Potenza tires, and made several repairs to the fenders and steering system.

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Nine years at

Nine years!  Can you believe it?  I never thought I’d live this long.  Well, my Volvo has saved my life at least twice now, so that may be the reason.

I will have a few posts coming up in the next few months regarding my foray into front-wheel-drive Volvos (the 1996 850 Turbo).  Mostly just maintenance stuff, but a few other surprises as well.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working behind the scenes a bit here on to clean up the article and project categorization stuff, and organize the documents and greenbooks sections a bit better.

A New Look

A new site theme for a new year.  This is just a customized version of the default WordPress “2014” theme.  It should look much better on mobile devices than the old themes.  Over the last nine years the site has had four different looks, including this one.