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Those first pics look very familiar, that's about how my wife's '99 Caravan looked before I wet sanded and then use PlastX. I hesitate to recommend sanding to people because they don't always get the fine enough paper and leave their lights looking scratched. You really need that fine grit paper and to do it in steps.

As for toothpaste, one thing I have noticed with repeated use of the PlastX is it seems to get into the plastic and help with discoloration that does not seem to be on the surface.
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ic3dt3 , those lights turned out great . They looked like new . Rep for that .
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I will make sure to let you know if the brake fluid eats through my headlights and melts them in the near future. It has not seemed to hurt the plastic reservoir for my master cylinder the past 14 years.
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I will make sure to let you know if the brake fluid eats through my headlights and melts them in the near future. It has not seemed to hurt the plastic reservoir for my master cylinder the past 14 years.
Even if it were safe for you lights' plastics which unfortunately only time will tell, if you get ANY of that on your paint your nice new finish will become pock-marked, orange-peel looking, or just bad since brake fluid destroys paint if not cleaned off pretty darn quickly. Lol, ask me how I know...

Kudos to the post above for showing a repeatable, safe, and pretty easy way to keep lights looking good. I wish someone had shown that to me 10-15 years ago, when I first started buying cars with plastic lenses. I used to just clean them and didn't catch on that they were not quite like glass!

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The way I restore headlights in my business is through wetsanding and polishing.
Tape off the lights, start with 600 grit, then 1000, 1500, 2000.
You want to wetsand to remove all the UV damaged polycarbonate; leaving a clean, smooth and even surface.
You'll then want to remove the sanding scratches with a heavy cut compound like Meguiar's M105 then clear it up with PlastX.
I highly recommend doing the last step by a machine like a rotary or those little 3" polishing kits that work with a drill from Autozone or Harbor Freight, unless you have plenty of time.

Some of my results.





This process, however, is not a permanent fix. IME, it'll last from 6-15 months, YMMV. You can extend this by keeping them protected from UV by keeping a coat or two of wax or sealant on them.

You can also avoid wetsanding in the future by hitting them with the PlastX as soon as you see any clouding or yellowing.

Hope this helps! PM me if you have any questions. I enjoy helping fellow enthusiasts.
None of the links seem to work. Any chance of restoring those?
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My old truck had very bad headlights Just cloudy and not very clear at all. I did the wet sanding method and polishing. It worked wonders. Just throw a coat of wax on the headlights too when your waxing the rest of your truck too. I've tried it and will vouch it works. USE VERY FINE SAND PAPER THOUGH. 500, 1000, 1500, 2000. I got a kit at Meijers with everything needed to restore the lights. 10 bucks!!!
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I use 3m headlight restorer kit. It is made for a cordless drill, i am very impressed with the rusults. My fog lights look like glass.
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I know this is off topic but this paste you are talking about? How badly pitted will it work on? When we had a straight line wind shear come through in May Blue took some hits from the roof shingles that came off my little brother's house. Most of the damage is on the windshield. You can see the outline of the tile and where it slid up and over the windshield. Will this paste take out all those little pit marks??
If you've got comphrensive insurance, your insurance company should take care of them. If they can be polished out, most will waive the deductible.
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One of the guys at work used one of those products, I think it's made by 3M with the attachmed for the drill. They looked like new headlights.
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Has anyone tried any car part dealer's cleaner/polisher kits to clean up clouded over headlight lenses? Do they work? I've been told toothpaste and elbow grease works...anyone tried that?
I use 3M headlight restorer, you can get it at wal-mart fo $20. It works great, makes you lens look like glass.
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