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Old 11-04-2007, 09:19 PM
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Does anyone have any suggestions about cleaning headlights? The plastic headlight covers on my 2001 jetta are starting to peel and turn yellowish
Old 11-10-2007, 07:09 PM
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The only thing to do is replace them, however if you have a little
time and want to try this, it helps. Use 1500 or 2000 grit wet sand
paper and sand the entire clear area using water and the above
sand paper, the headlights will then be clean but gray looking from
the sand paper, then use a small buffer with polishing compound
to remove the gray sanding marks, polish untill bright and new
looking ( well as poss ) You should finish up with Maguries
swirl remover and the buffer. The swirl remover can be purchased
at automotive paint stores.
Old 08-19-2008, 08:05 PM
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I've seem to have this problem for all 3 of my cras.. Guess there realy isn't a good soluation :/
Old 11-27-2008, 09:58 PM
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Default RE: Headlights

The sanding/polishing method works very well. I don't recommend using a buffer unless the headlight is removed or the paint is completely taped off around it as you don't want to use the polish on the paint surrounding it. Sand it until it's hazy, use plastic polish and use a **** load of elbow grease...your arm should be incredibly sore before you start seeing results. Rubbing compound works too...but a little too well for most headlights. If you have glass headlights though you're out of luck and need new ones. What you're doing on the headlights is removing a small layer of the protective film on the plastic in order to get to a layer that is not hazed and scratched up. Just like polishing a car's paint.
Old 11-29-2008, 02:14 AM
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Wal-Mart has a plastic polish in the automotive section and it works outstanding! Not a hole lot of scrubbing or hard work it's really easy. I'll be changing my lights over soon.
Old 08-16-2009, 01:15 AM
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You should check out Headlight Restoration Service ( ). They can clear up those foggy headlights. I hope this helps.
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