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Old 12-05-2014, 04:29 PM
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Headlight Polishing

Here's something I learnt that worked well.

I've have used some great polishes, I've purchased, to revive foggy headlight lens, but my daughter recently read about using tooth paste to buff them. One of my HHR's had a lens the was starting to go foggy, so I figured I'd try it. I used a foam buffing pad on my drill, with a bit of water and tooth paste, it worked great. No more foggy lens, and it was really cheap!
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Huh, never even thought of toothpaste, but it does contain ultra fine abrasives. A good tip for those with lenses showing degradation.

I guess a side benefit is that your HHR ends up with minty fresh breath too.
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it will need to be done again in a few months though. I would get a good clear coat paint that has UV protection and spray a few coats on and buff it with a good compound.
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Very cool , I have to ask do you rinse it off with Listrene?
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The products out there are just rubbing compound. The last one I used had 3 colors of compound and a nice foaming buffing pad. The instructions did not mention it, but I applied some of Mario Andretti's (RainX) windshield treatment after.
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I agree, as I have used the old toothpaste method for years. And with any headlight cleaners you are eleminating a finr layers of the natural UV protectant on the lenses. So a go9d coat of rain x or UV protectant is needed after. And you also get fresh breath and a minty white smile.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by bigdehart64 View Post
it will need to be done again in a few months though. I would get a good clear coat paint that has UV protection and spray a few coats on and buff it with a good compound.
I'm going to try waxing them to see how long it will hold up. I had a car that someone had cleared over the lenses and it was a bear to bring them back with the clear.

I've even thought of using 3M clear stone guard, it would be easy to peel and replace every 6 months after a good polishing the first time.
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i've heard bug spray/repellant will work as well
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Optimum Opti-Lens Permanent Headlight Coating, headlight coatings protectants I have not tried this stuff ,but it has been recommended by a turbo T-bird forum ...john
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i use PlastX from Meguiars...doing a pretty darn good job for me so far
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