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    Default Do those headlight cleaners work?

    You know, the stuff you squirt on and buff off? My headlights are starting to get cloudy looking after 14 years.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    yes!

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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    just use toothpaste:


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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    All they are is a mild buffing compound. If your lenses are really messed up, you may need to start with actual sandpaper to cut through the nastiness, then work up to finer grades like you would on a freshly painted surface. I used to use Brasso on my old Frontier and it worked like a champ.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    I hate it when they do that!

    Buffing compound has worked for me in the past, and it may be cheaper than a "specialized" product; I don't know. If you have an electric buffer it will be much easier, but you can do it by hand too.

    OT, toothpaste also makes a decent silver polish. Just don't use the toothpastes that have the coarse grit in them. My first girlfriend's step dad was a jeweler, and he taught me that trick.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    They work. However, if the lamp seal is leaking and losing moisture in it will cloud up again eventually.

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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    They work. However, if the lamp seal is leaking and losing moisture in it will cloud up again eventually.
    I think you are talking about condensation inside the lamp housings. I think the OP was talking about the cloudiness caused by years of small scratches building up on the outsides of the lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    I think you are talking about condensation inside the lamp housings. I think the OP was talking about the cloudiness caused by years of small scratches building up on the outsides of the lenses.
    My wifes car had headlights that leaked so the inside was cloudy as well as the outside. I took the worst one apart (it was the only one leaking at the time) and buffed the lens from the inside and outside and made it much better. Put it back together and sealed it up good. Just dont expect it to be crystal clear like a new headlight.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    The outside WILL get cloudy if moisture gets inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    The outside WILL get cloudy if moisture gets inside.
    Even worse is that the moisture will likely blow the bulb. Moisture inside won't affect the outside surface, but it will cause clarity problems.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    I bought the 3M version with different grades of sandpaper and a drill adaptor. Within an hour the headlights on my wife's 2004 accord were like new. I'd be skeptical of the kits with only buffing compound for anything but light scratches.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    What kind of cloth would you use for the toothpaste method?

    Wash rag, shirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumptruck View Post
    What kind of cloth would you use for the toothpaste method?

    Wash rag, shirt?
    Yeah, terry cloth towels would work too.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    My wife is working an odd shift and I have ample time now to BS around the house.

    I may try it.

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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    take before and after pics! I am curious about this method

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surgeon View Post
    I bought the 3M version with different grades of sandpaper and a drill adaptor. Within an hour the headlights on my wife's 2004 accord were like new. I'd be skeptical of the kits with only buffing compound for anything but light scratches.
    Yep tried them all the 3M kit is the only one that REALLY works!
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    Thanks for the tips, guys. Now I just need it to stop raining for awhile.
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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    I tried a kit I bought from Pep Boys (wasn't the 3m one) and the effect was pretty noticeable for a while but after a few months the headlights clouded over again.

    Luckily OEM headlights for my car are cheap enough that they're not much more expensive than the kits. I think I'll spring for a pair next paycheck.

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    Default Re: Do those headlight cleaners work?

    The question really is whether you problem is worn out outer glass or corroded mirrors inside.

    You could look on ebay for headlights in better shape. Also allows you to keep the old ones on file for when one is smashed.

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