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Old 03-31-2013, 07:00 PM
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Default DIY: Polishing Your Foggy Plastic Headlights (Video Tutorial)

How to refinish your foggy/hazy plastic vehicle headlights cheap and easy. This is a tutorial on how to fix it, without breaking your budget and buying new headlights or lenses. You will need 1000, 1500, 2000 grit, soapy water, rubbing/polishing compound, & wax. Instead of compound, you can also use tooth paste because it does have a small amount of grit in it.


-1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper
-1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper
-2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper
-bucket of water with car wash soap (or dish soap)
-paste or liquid polishing compound/scratch remover
-paste or liquid automotive wax (I used carnauba wax, but it doesn't have to be)
-2 lint free polishing clothes
Old 04-01-2013, 04:46 AM
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I've been detailing and helping quite a few people over the years.
This is great to get your headlights looking new again, but it's not a long-term solution. You'll be going back to having to polish your headlights at least once a year or worse depending on where you live, how much you drive, etc.
The best solution, after these sanding steps in my opinion, is to add a few layers of clearcoat and then wetsand with 1500 grit and polish. This should eliminate the need to have to revisit this annoying detailing step in the future!
Old 05-15-2013, 12:56 PM
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Looks good
Old 05-18-2013, 11:06 PM
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Sometimes sanding is the only thing you can do to recover a headlight to a usable condition but for my money an acrylic lens deoxidizer is the fastest and safest way to go, especially if you have a newer car or one with no damage on the headlight.
You are going to have to clean oxidation from your headlights again as time passes and sanding them is a very aggressive solution to have to repeat either bi yearly of yearly. Oxidation removal does not require sanding. A pure liquid deoxidizer is non abrasive and can be used over and over with no adverse effect to the lens surface.
Old 10-11-2015, 05:52 AM
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Good info. Really made a difference,

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