How have you successful and easily cleaned your vehicles cloudy headlights?

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Posted 10/5/2013 by 2peafaithful in NSBR Board
 

2peafaithful
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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:23:36 PM
My dh has cost us an arm and an leg recently. But today when we were talking about it finally have all the repairs done that were needed he mentioned cleaning the cloudy headlights. I have seen products before that claim to do the trick, have heard that toothpaste works and other DIY ideas. We just need something easy and that will do the job. Any ideas if you have done this project before? TIA

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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:29:46 PM
I'll be watching this. I have one clear and one cloudy headlight.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 7:41:02 PM
My husband used toothpaste on ours and it worked amazingly well!




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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:03:43 PM
Sometimes you can find a place that charges about $20 to do it. You can just use a regular buffer pad that can attach to a drill. Probably some polishing compound from the car care section would do it. It's a gritty paste.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:12:38 PM
I don't understand. Glass cleaner doesn't work?


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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:23:22 PM
I'd try a Magic Eraser. Those things clean anything.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:26:08 PM
DH did it with a kit. It worked really well.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:28:27 PM
Adams Car Care products.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:41:07 PM
Toothpaste! We had an automobile safety demonstration at work and they used toothpaste. It was amazing how well it worked.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:46:13 PM
OK, maybe toothpaste will really do the trick. Time is limited and we aren't great at DIY projects so I thought if I talk my dh into doing toothpaste and it doesn't work I will feel bad.


I don't understand. Glass cleaner doesn't work?


No, this is on the inside of the lights not the outside and it is needs something with some abrasion to remove the cloudy film or something with a chemical that has the ability to work it away.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:55:01 PM
I just read about it and it is on the outside! That makes it seem much easier. I was imagining having to take the cover off.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:11:25 PM
We just did my dd's headlights. We bought a $20 3M kit from the auto parts store. It came with the rubbing compound, buffer and pads. hth


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:30:35 PM
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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:33:55 PM

We bought a $20 3M kit from the auto parts store. It came with the rubbing compound, buffer and pads.


That's what we used. The pads attached to dh's drill. He taped off the lights (to protect the paint) with painter's tape. It worked pretty well, but they will cloud up again. Mine are starting to.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:38:32 PM
Yes, white toothpaste works. Not the gel kind. Rub gently with a damp cloth so you don't scratch the plastic headlight. Yes, it's plastic, not glass. Rinse, Then buff with a very small amount of liquid car polish to protect the headlight.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 10:04:22 PM
We couldn't find anything that worked so my DH found replacements online that cost around $60 if I remember correctly.

He installed/replaced them himself.

Unfortunately that POS car crapped out not much later and we had to get rid of the money pit.
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