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How to restore cloudy headlights using toothpaste – This really works!

When car companies moved to plastic headlight lenses they opened the door to them oxidizing over and majorly reducing the transmitted light.  I’m surprised they haven’t been sued yet actually.  I really do not like the fact that light is reduced and people are driving with less and less visibility at night – that seems wrong to me.  However, if they don’t correct this problem we can at least fix it with annual polishing of the lenses.

For badly deteriorated lenses, I use Meguiar’s Heavy Duty Headlight restoration kit. It comes with sandpaper and polish to really let you get through the yellow oxidized plastic.  I have sworn by that kit for several years now and you can do a number of vehicles with each package.  It was also a pretty good price considering you could avoid having to buy new lenses for at least 3-4 cars.

I just learned a trick from my son who was home for a visit.  He uses toothpaste to fix lightly oxidized headlights.  Yes, plan old Crest toothpaste.  Now this isn’t some odd chemical fix that disappears in a few hours.  Toothpaste has a very mild abrasive in it for cleaning your teeth.  Apparently it does an awesome job on car headlight lenses also.  The following is my wife’s Camry that has gone about a year since I last polished it:

  

Basically he would pour water on the headlight, get the toothbrush wet, added the toothpaste to the old tooth brush and then vigorously rubbed all over the lens.   He’d then pour water, wipe it off, look at the results and repeated it about three times per light until he got it just the way he wanted it.  I’m impressed.

He really didn’t use much toothpaste either.  This is real cheap and effective on light oxidation.  I’m doing this for now on and saving the Meguiar’s HD kit for lenses that are badly damaged.


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Meguiar’s G2980 Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit


Features: Provides professional results on oxidized, yellowed and hazy headlights, Revolutionary coating protects against yellowing and re-oxidation for 12 months, Drill powered polishing combined with sanding for outstanding results, Enhances visibility & safety for night driving, Delivers crystal clear finish to heavily oxidized and cloudy headlights

Meguiar’s Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit is the easy way to obtain professional results restoring clarity to uncoated clear plastics with a standard corded drill. This inclusive kit comes with everything needed to safely and effectively remove heavy oxidation, cloudiness, and yellowing while delivering crystal clear results. Eliminate defects with included sanding discs and then polish up clarity with PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner Polish and Easy-Buff Wool Pad attachment using a standard corded drill. Follow with Headlight Coating to preserve brilliant clarity and protect from re-oxidation for up to a year.
List Price: $29.99 USD
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