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Those don't look like the ones on my co-workers car at all. Yours are more yellowed. Her's look like they are scratched up inside the plastic.

You may well be right about the heat.
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Meguiar's makes a plastic polish as well. Do you have glass lenses or plastic? If it's glass, the glass shops have a mildly abrasive paste that cleans up pitted and hazed glass really well! I use it on my windshields after each winter to clean the crud off of them, especially in the area where the wipers don't sweep the glass.
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??
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A friend told me to clean cloudy lights with break fluid. I thought he was kidding me and trying to get a laugh out of watching me rub break fluid on my truck but it worked. The truck I used it on is a 95 and it cleared the lights right up. I dont know how long it will last, but it has been over a year now and they still look good.
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Not sure that I would put brake fluid on plastic .
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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 regularly use PlastX, a cleaner/polisher from Meguiar's. Funny thing it used to come with a boat pic on the bottle, orignally sold to restore clarity to plastic boat panels. Now someone got the right idea and suggested "hey, let's sell it for headlights, too."

$8 a bottle full price, it works great. Takes a few applications if your lights are already cloudy, but if you use it once and awhile I find my plastic lenses stay nice and clear, despite being out in the elements 24x7 all year long.

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Yeah I had cloudy headlights as well and i used Meguiars PlastX on mine. it did a real nice job for the price i paid.
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Cant go wrong with Meguiars.
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Actually yes, toothpaste does work. Used it on my brother's Jeep Grand Cherokee with great results.

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Thanks for all the great responses. I think I'll try the toothpaste trick first, there's gotta be a hundred of those little motel samples laying around. That'll be a good way to get rid of 'em! Now, if I could just find a use for those half empty motel shampoos...
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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.
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