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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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My Headlight Cleaning Experience

Hey guys,.....well after a touch up paint mishap that i had on my roof, and trying everything i could to fix it (long story) , i decided to apply a similar process to my's what i did and the results:

NOTE : Your results will vary! This is purely meant to share my experience with this process. Hopefully yours will turn out just as nice.

Here are the products that i used:

Turtle Wax Polishing Compound ($1.96)
Meguiars PAINT CLEANER ($4.99)
Meguiars POLISH ($4.99)
Rags / Cloths / Applicator pad
Total Cost: ~$15

I already had this stuff from cleaning the exterior of my car, so the cost was really free. (with an initial fee a long time ago of course)


1. Start with 1500 Grit wetsand paper (depending on how yellow your headlights are, you may need to work with a more coarse grit and work your way up)

2. When almost all of the yellow is gone, wash the headlight lense with soap and water.

3. Wetsand some more as needed until all the yellow is gone (that you can get).

4. The headlight lense will look ok when wet, but when dry you may start to panic, as it will look dull and scratched to hell. This is fine (as long as you make it up to 1500 grit). The next few steps will cure the scratches and dullness.

5a. Take some TURTLE WAX POLISHING COMPOUND (or any other polishing compound you may wish to substitute) and apply it to the headlight

5b. When the compound becomes hazy, wipe off the compound.

5c. Repeat this process for a total of 3 times in a row.

6. Wash the lense with some soap and water again.

7. Repeat step 5a-c for 2 more coats.

8. Repeat step 6

9. Apply KIT SCRATCH REMOVER to the lense. Allow the product to haze and become white and flaky, then take a rag and remove the "chalky" residue leaving a nice surface.

10. Repeat step 9

11. Apply Meguiars PAINT CLEANER to the surface, allowing it to penetrate for 1-2 minutes, and then wipe clean.

12. Repeat step 11

13. Apply Meguiars POLISH to the headlight, allowing it too to penetrate for about a minute. Then wipe clean.

14. Repeat step 13

15. Apply a coating of wax to hopefully protect your headlights from turning yellow again.

I'm not sure how long this will last, but it's a pretty damn good alternative to new lights until i can save up the cash. Here are my before and afters:



I found it amusing that now i have to take out my corner lights because those are actually more yellow than my headlights now. lol. I'll have some pics on the car tomorrow for you all.....What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 08:34 PM
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Very nice

Came out actually better than mine.

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WOW! Very impressive. Keep us posted on how well its stays that way
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WOW! That looks 100% better! I know what my next mod is gonna be! I already have the rubbing compound and plastic polish pictured, but on their own they're not worth much of anything. I'll get me some sand paper and some Meguiars products and get to work.

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i used kit scratch remover for mine. the drivers side one was cleaned. the yellow around the edge is actually the glue between the lens and the housing.

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The "Kit" product is great stuff and I have been using it for years. It works wonders on small paint scratches and on a black car its always needed.


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Craig attacked my headlights with my nail polish remover and his Dremel about a week ago. Here's the pics:

One Done, One to Go



Good enough for me for now!

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Actually I was watching a car show (don't remember which because I watch millions) and there was a guy from mothers on there to talk about yellowing and hazing headlights. He said to use mothers mag and aluminum polish on them. It's a little bit grittier and he did a demonstration. Needless to say it worked. So my bro tried it on his Lumina and it did work!!!! So try it out guys...whataya got to lose right?
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ok heres my process

1000 wet
1500 wet
2000 wet
dry buff wheel on a dremel at 7500 rpm, looks great, as good if not better than most of the pics postd above, but it took forever.....3 or 4 hours

Please enjoy my new and improved short signature- Russ
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