My older pickup truck has foggy headlights. This seems to be the result
of poor manufacturing, since the older GLASS headlights never had that
problem. But aside from bitching about it, there is little I can do to
change what they put on my truck.
Anyhow, I'd like to do some sort of restore on them. I see these "As
seen in TV" ads where they sell these kits, and charge an outrageous
amount of shipping and handling. Anyhow, I dont buy any of that high
I'm looking to either buy a product at a local Auto Parts store,
Walmart, a Dollar store, or possibly ebay. My question is what is a good
product for this? One that works well, is easy to use, and is priced
On Mon, 11 May 2015 19:23:38 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I just used some polish, not wax, that I had sitting around. That
polished out the dull surface off the plastic and made them almost
like new. I also bought some Turtle wax headlight sealer at Auto Zone
and put that on after to protect it (supposedly) from degrading too
fast again. Don't waste your time on any kits that use a drill to run
a buffing ball or pad. You can easily enough buff it up with regular
polish and some elbow grease and the sealer is around $8.
I've tried buffing with rubbing compound and wax with fair success. A cheap
kit I got with drill attachment worked fast and well. I don't think I
actually tried wet sanding first before, but the stickon pads don't last
too long if your doing multiple lights. Changing from sanding to buffer
screws up the sticky.
On Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:28:17 PM UTC-4, rbowman wrote:
I used the 3M product on weathered BMW headlights and it worked great.
I think I bought it at Walmart, but lots of autoparts and similar
have them. You have to have trust in it, because you start out with
a coarser paper, initially making them worse. But that's what you have
to do to take off the deteriorated surface. By the time you use the
fine grit, they look real nice.
On 5/11/15 8:23 PM, email@example.com wrote:
AFAIK, the sun damages all plastic headlights. The principal is first to
remove the damaged plastic. One method is to use progressively finer wet
sandpaper. When the damage is shallow, I've read that toothpaste can work.
A suitable polish coat can finish the job and slow further damage.
I like what rbowman said, to look at user reviews at Amazon. Then you
can buy locally.
I heard about using toothpaste too. I tried that and it was a
frigging mess. Maybe back in the day toothpaste was more like what I
think of as polish but the toothpaste I tried is the modern kind where
the bulk of it is a plastic based carrier and that plastic just balled
up and made a sticky mess out of things.
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 2:50:48 PM UTC-4, Ashton Crusher wrote:
Also the kits start with a coarser abrasive to cut the top damaged
layer off quickly, then progress to finer to finish it. I would
think with TP it would be so fine that it would have a hard time
cutting off the weather damaged top layer. But, all I know is the
3m kit worked. And for $10 or $15 it includes the buffing wheel
that you use with a drill.
You gotta use Arm & Hammer with baking soda and peroxide :) I haven't
had the need to clean up the headlights yet but I've used Meguiars
plastic cleaner and polish on motorcycle helmet visors. I wonder if the
polish or PlastiX used once a year or so as PM would work.
I've been thinking about that lately myself. In the
past I've had good luck with Rain-X on lexan panels,
but I haven't tried it on headlights. I'm curious about
the buffing polish but the version I saw was ridiculously
It sounds like Ashton is the only person here who's
actually tried the polishing approach.
| I used a Harbor Freight on a 98 infiniti a few years
| ago. Worked slicker than snot on a doorknob.
That seems to be the name of a store. I've never
heard of that store and I don't think there are any
near me. (I also avoid shopping online, especially for
things that I can probably buy down the street.)
You don't remember the name of the product?
Try to find a small container of 3M finesse-it , use with a terry cloth
pad/buffing pad cover . Alternative is a Meguier's <sp?> wax/polish compound
, has a very fine polishing compound in the wax . In a pinch I've used
chrome polish ... these can all usually be found at your local auto parts
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