Head/rear lights cleaning stuff

irw

Quadricyclist
Location
Liverpool, UK
Maybe wait for someone else to come along and agree with me here, but I wonder if a bit of toothpaste on a rag might clean them up? It works on CDs/DVDs, and worked well for cleaning plenty of scratches from my cheap n cheerful safety specs. I think the principal behind it is that toothpaste is ever so slightly abrasive, so it effectively 'polishes' out the imperfections that have developed.

Edited to add:
Whilst trying to find something to support my theory, the first google hit that came up specifically mentions car headlights!
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
I used wet and dry - 600 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 grit, amd finised it up with a buff of T cut and a coat of wax. Shiny as a magpies bank account, and cost me nothing.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
T-Cut, autoglym or G3 cutting compound. If bad you'll have some work to do. I just give my 19 year old plastic lenses a quick t-cut or autoglym every few months. G3 was used when bad.
 

Jody

Guru
I wax my car,mincluding the headlamps, every 3rd or 4th wash, which works out roughly once every 2 months. That is ample to maintain the surface of the headlamps.
Yes, a good wax will do it.

Id usually wash my car every week or two but WFH has changed that. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't washed it in over a year 😲
 

netman

Über Member
They look great Netman. How long did it take?
Maybe an hour and a half altogether for both - nice sunny day, took my time and stopped for coffee half way through! I did the sanding by hand, but have a polisher which speeded up the compound and polishing...
 
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