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cleaning headlights

was just wondering what i should do to clean my headlights ive tryed several kits and none have worked just need some tips lol thanks pics below.
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Have you used the 3M kit with the round discs that you use with a drill?
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Rub some dot3 brake fluid on the lense with a terry towel. Use elbow gease and repeat several times. Towel will turn yellow. Lense will become clean and clear again. Cheapest mod ever.

Do not not forget your PPE, rubber gloves and saftey glasses is what I recommend while using the brake fluid.
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May need to clean each one from start to finish several times. I did this on another vehicle only using plastic lens cleaner and a microfiber.
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1200 grit wet sand paper, squirt bottle with water, car polish(NOT WAX), micro fiber rag, car wax.

1. Wet sand the headlights until they have a haze to them.
2. Use about 4 coats of polish(removing polish between each coat)
3. Give it a coat of wax.
4. Enjoy clean headlights.
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I've heard of an old school technique that involves buffing the lenses with some toothpaste. Old non fancy basic toothpaste. Maybe use a microfiber and some water. And hey if it doesn't work at least its free.
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3m kit is the best.

drivers side isn't done yet in this pic

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I just did the lights on my wife's Passat and my Ranger with a 3M kit. You start with 500 grit, go to 800 and superfine pad. After all that you polish it with a rubbing compound and they look as good s new. The brake fluid trick is actually softening the plastic of the lense, I don't think you want to do that if you're keeping it long term.
After doing two cars I still have enough product left to do my daughters Explorer. I used the Meguiers kit last year on a VW Golf, results were not as good as the 3M.
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The turtle wax kit. I've used it on all my cars and others and you can't beat it. It gives you 4 different level pads which are basically sandpaper and a polish. You can use it 7+ times and it's worth every penny.

I'm even considering making biz cards and putting them on cars at walmart charging like $10 to clean them. Easy moooooney

Isn't the 3M kit a one time use?
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Use some 1200 grit sand paper with some water and wet sand (you can get 1200 grit sand paper pretty much any hardware store) then polish it with some kind of Polish. i use some handy dandy 3M Hand Glaze with a Mothers power ball and a microfiber towel
Then just put some wax on it occasionally to make it last longer. repeat when hazed again.
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The turtle wax kit. I've used it on all my cars and others and you can't beat it. It gives you 4 different level pads which are basically sandpaper and a polish. You can use it 7+ times and it's worth every penny.

I'm even considering making biz cards and putting them on cars at walmart charging like $10 to clean them. Easy moooooney

Isn't the 3M kit a one time use?
Ditto. Best kit for the buck.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Turtle-Wax...r-Kit/16927980




I posted a review as it worked perfectly.
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Are there aftermarket glass headlights available for Rangers?
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No, just plastic
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I was actually considering trying the tooth paste thing just for fun come next week when I get some free time haha
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They make all sorts of cleaning solutions for headlights, windows, windshields, and more
Otherwise, you could use a paste wax type solution as I do, and then polish them up really well. I also replaced my headlights with Xenon fueled HID type lights. Totally Legal, and Totally lights up the road in any inclement conditions
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There are many products are available in the market for cleaning headlights. You can use regular white toothpaste for your headlights or also apply with a dry soft cloth. I think, this is one of the best and easy method for cleaning headlights. I have also used this method.
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buy new ones.
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I just bought both the turtle wax kit and the rain x kit. Used the turtle wax on my girlfriends car and it cleaned them up but not as good as i expected. Used the rain x on my corner lights and didn't see any difference. I remember seeing a video several years ago that a member did only using fine grit sandpaper, polisher, and meguiars plastx polish. Worked great. Here we actually have 2 guys here that started their own company doing it. They drive around in a little scion with an air compressor. They use a solution that just sprays on after they sand the lights. They actually have a contract with our office and does all of our patrol cars. I think they only charge $25 a car and that includes headlights, taillights, spotlights, and lightbars. They also charge us officers that same price for our personal vehicles.
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I used a kit I got from Harbor Freight and it works great. I also use a spray bottle with distilled water to keep everything wet while polishing.
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I've got all the stuff laying around here that i don't need a kit.
just hit them with some 1200 grit, get some heavy cut compound and a powerball. than a sealer/polish after that and your good for a while.
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Wet sanded Mine with 1200 grit , then 1500 grit.
Wiped down with a tack cloth then sprayed with Krylon Clear for Plastics.
That was 4 years ago....still look like I just finished them.
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robinson lighter fluid. (the stuff in the yellow bottle) works great on almost anything. ive been using it to get sap off my hands since i was little. its basically goo gone on steroids.
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well when I opened this thread then I was thinking that here someone have the yellow light issue and I can get the solution for it and guys I got it. before reading this I tried the sandpaper and the toothpaste methods but I didn't got any good results. But I thik now I have to use some kit for this. Thanks guys.. I like the thread.
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Depending on how yellow/cloudy they are. My advice is to wet sand them. First with 800 grit. Divide the headlight in 4 and work on each section for some 30 seconds before moving to another. Always keep the sandpaper wet and do not try to sand the entire headlight at once. Work in sections for best results. Repeat the process with 1500 grit. Once you finished sanding, the yellow on the headlights must be gone. Then, use a polish compound as necessary until you reach the results wanted.
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