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Old 01-12-2011, 02:43 AM
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Headlight restoration

My 08 is already showing signs of headlight "yellowing". What do you guys recommend to restore the headlights? I have used meguaiar's on my older cars and it worked good, not great but good. I wanna make them showroom-like again.
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Try toothpaste. I was surprised when I first tried it but it brings back the shine and gets rid of the fogging. It works and it's cheap.

Good for your teeth, good on your headlights lol.

YouTube - Remove Yellow haze on headlights with toothpaste?
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Oh interesting! I'm gonna try it on my gf's civic first since her headlights are heavily oxidized. Gotta love the comments on that vid though!
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:09 AM
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Wet sand headlight with

500 grit horizontal strokes
1000 grit vertical strokes
2000 grit horizontal strokes

Get some cutting compounds from gritty to fine with orbital buffer

I use meguire's cutting compounds and a dual action buffer
I got them at

then Glaze with buffer and finally finish it with a wax

I had to do this to my old car but they looked like brand new when done
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Toothpaste can work, because in essence it is just a rubbing compound. Problem is you have to use it by hand.

Like Bo said...use DA buffer with some polish and it will clean right up. Depending on how bad it is will determine what level of polishing you will need.
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That's how you get whitening toothpaste. it has more abrasives in it to clean polish teeth more. Problem is that if you brusth to much and too hard you can help wear away your teeth.
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I'll have to try the toothpaste one day LOL!
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I hope mine don't start yellowing.. I know either Mothers or Mcguires sells a headlight restoration kit for mild yellowing, fogging and oxidation. They also sell a headlight wet sanding kit!
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Thumbs up This should help...

Here's a link to a DIY ! Pretty much alil of what everyone else is mentioning... I might be doing this to mine as well, cause the weather on Guam sucks ***** LOL ! Something to do over the weekend

How to Restore Scratched and Pitted Headlights |
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