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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2016, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Fixing "yellowed" headlights....

Yesterday I was on a 'mission' to fix the yellowed headlights



on my wife's car (this 'fix' will apply to plastic motorcycle headlights TOO!), so I stopped at a NAPA store, and asked where I'd find 'kits' to fix that problem.

A fellow paying for his stuff called out..."Use baking soda - it WORKS!". The salesman took me to an aisle - NOTHING, but said to try Walmart, so I headed down the road to try them. I went to the baking section first, where I found baking soda at 82 cents for a pretty good sized container. I bought it for 86 cents OTD, then rode home, got some water, an old gym sock, a stool to sit on, then poured a bit of the baking soda into a plastic lid, dampened the sock, picked up a goodly amount of the baking soda on it, then started rubbing the driver's side light w/ it. Only a few minutes later it looked like this





so I started the same on the other light. In a TOTAL time of LESS than 15 minutes I had accomplished this (and probably used only 2 or 3 cents worth of the 'soda'). I'm impressed....



WORTHWHILE for any do-it-yourselfers out there!

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looks good .Don't laugh but I started cleaning my oven this morning using baking soda.
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I bought the Meguire's plastic polish and then use a buffer pad on my drill. It brings them back about 85%, but never as good as new, and they seen to decay back into dull in about a year.


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Yep Baking soda is powerful stuff!

Headlight Kits include a sealant that replaced the UV coating you just polished off.

You need to now apply this sealant or the plastic headlights will crack and craze in the sunlight.
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I've used basic toothpaste in the past, with surprisingly good results.

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baking soda and toothpaste(with baking soda) is just a mild abrasive. cheap polishing compound.
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Yep Baking soda is powerful stuff!

Headlight Kits include a sealant that replaced the UV coating you just polished off.

You need to now apply this sealant or the plastic headlights will crack and craze in the sunlight.
I've used those kits in the past (in Canada), but I don't recall seeing something to seal them after.... I've used Maguires kits, among others.

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I had heard before that toothpaste would fix 'foggy' headlights. Good to know other things work too! Thanks Eddie

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I've used those kits in the past (in Canada), but I don't recall seeing something to seal them after.... I've used Maguires kits, among others.
I'm with Giggit on this one

I bought a kit last summer and it did have a sealant to be applied after all the polishing was done

Not sure if the reason is uv protection to avoid cracking and yellowing, but it makes a lot of sense
Also, that sealant has a hardener in it (says the manufacturer) that will delay in time the need for another polishing (gee I hate that sentence ...)

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