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Head Light Cleaning

I tried the toothpaste mixture on one of my head lamps. Works like a charm .... and I mean mine were terrible. This solution cleared the foggyness up to perfect clarity.

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What all did you use to make the mixture of stuff?
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Yeah, what did you use!! Please share
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Toothpaste works incredibly well in numerous areas as a very light rubbing compound. Just use toothpaste straight from the tube, or add a drop or two of water.

Don't use the blue gel type toothpaste. Use regular Crest toothpaste for instance.

Another good use of toothpaste is in removing cigarette burns from wooden table tops. It takes a little elbow grease, but will take the burn completely out. You'll need to follow this up with something that will re-finish the "sanded area", but the burnt blackness will be totally removed with the toothpaste.

I imagine a decent rubbing compound or plastic cleaner/polish would perform just as well on the headlights too.

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I have heard this stuff works:

CLEAR PLASTIC & WINDOW TINTING
Maintaining clear plastics and window tinting is a delicate matter. These materials can easily scratch and lose their original clarity. We highly recommend the use of Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Cleaner Polish to safely remove surface contaminants and gently restore optic clarity. Use it on window tinting, convertible rear windows, instrument panel lenses, helmet face shields, sun glasses and hundreds of other clear plastic surfaces.
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I use 1500 grit 3M rubbing compound on everything, windows, the plastic over the taillights and the headlights, cleans them up good...................
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Mayonaise will also work in the same sense as a very mild abrasive, but toothpaste will make your car smell so much better (specially after a day in the sun, and the fungus, oy..)
But for water stains on wood, spectacular
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good to know.....i thought the foggy stuff was on the inside!
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Toothpast seems to have an excellent effect on all kinds of films .. the 3M hand Polish works excellent on the paint surface of the vehicle.
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Or just say fuck it and buy new headlights with your new clear corners. hehe

I am actually going to clean up my old ones and try and sell them because they are in good shape, no leaks or cracks just need cleaning.
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What about scratches, and places where bugs have dried on the head lights(previous owner didn't care...i guess). Will the toothpaste, or the 3M paper work?
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I have heard this stuff works:

CLEAR PLASTIC & WINDOW TINTING
Maintaining clear plastics and window tinting is a delicate matter. These materials can easily scratch and lose their original clarity. We highly recommend the use of Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Cleaner Polish to safely remove surface contaminants and gently restore optic clarity. Use it on window tinting, convertible rear windows, instrument panel lenses, helmet face shields, sun glasses and hundreds of other clear plastic surfaces.
I have used the Meguiars clear plastics products for about 3 years and they are great. It will take out small scratches, cloudiness, bugs, you name it. I use it on the instrument panel, headlights and other ligh lenses. I also have used it several times on plexiglass window panels in custom audio installs. The best way to keep them looking good is to wax the plastic surfaces along with the rest of your car. Obviously if the lenses are textured that isn't going to work, but if it's smooth like the headlights, just wax away. The wax will make removing the bugs and other debris much easier next time you wash...
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My friend told me to use alcohol but it didnt work. But if yall say toothpaste works Ill try it.
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My friend told me to use alcohol but it didnt work. But if yall say toothpaste works Ill try it.
Alcohol would help remove sticky substances, but has no "grit" at all. More of a lubricant than a cleaning compound.

Regular toothpaste is a start, but it only has a VERY fine grit to it. If your headlights/taillights/anything plastic doesn't come to a brilliant shine with the toothpaste don't be afraid to try something a little more powerful. There is all kinds of good plastic cleaners and polishes available at the auto store. As well, regular polishing compound or rubbing compound can be used. Polishing compound is more mild than rubbing compound. Meguiar's sells products just for this purpose. Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Detailer for instance: http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...cfm?SrcLine=CI (bottom of page).

Or just look at what you can get from Yahoo Shopping: http://search.shopping.yahoo.com/sea...sh&tool=0&did=

It's just like cleaning/polishing/waxing your paint, except you don't really need to worry about how much surface material you're removing from the plastic during the cleaning or polishing stage, unlike our paint, where we can burn through the clear top coat if we go at it too hard.

No matter what way you go, you should be able to regain the new appearance of just about any plastic on your car with these products.

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Just found this set of Meguiar's products that should solve some of the worst plastic problems you might come across.

"THE CLEAR PLASTIC COLLECTION": http://www.meguiars.com/collections/clearplastic.cfm
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