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Old 02-03-2013
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Originally Posted by 03crewcabranger View Post
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 independant reviews 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.
Hello you seems to be well experienced persons. I will try your approach and will post results soon

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Old 02-11-2013
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I'm about to go try that toothpaste trick actually. Lol
Old 02-24-2013
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dull headlights

My headlights have not been cleaned for years, they are good enough to see at night but i noticed they are not really giving me what i need at night,. Im thinking the lens are dull, do all it needs is cleaning to make them clear? from the inside?
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Headloights are sealed. unless there is water inside of them, the inside will be clean.
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well if you lived in Texas, Dallas then i would give you the 10 bucks to clean mine..
Old 11-25-2014
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I used this on our 2003 Maxima. They have stayed clear longer than they did from new. I prefer to refinish or replace with new. If they are not sealed, its only a temporary fix. That's not for me.

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Old 11-25-2014
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My headlight cleaning method is buying new headlights. They're not expensive
Old 12-24-2014
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Definitely wetsand... It helps if you have a DA polisher as well...

I got headlights off ebay for our Merc, and the lenses were in aweful shape... yellow, pitted...etc.

I started wet sanding with 800 gritt, then moved to 1000, 1500, then finally finished at 2000 grit.

I have had this for a couple years now:
Diamondite® Clear Plastic System Kit cleans, polishes, restores headlight lenses. Diamondite plastic polish scratch remover for headlights.

Completely brings the headlight back after wetsanding.

I've attached pictures below.

1st picture wasn't the worst of the two lenses but you can see the hazing/marring on the upper lens part.

2nd picture is after it's wetsanded... can't see through it at all.

3rd picture is after polishing it with my porter cable and the kit linked above...

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