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Old 04-22-2011, 07:40 PM
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For the last couple weeks ive been looking for a way to make my headlights clear again. At night they look like absolute ****, with yellow stains and fog (during the day they look clean tho). I just found out tho walmart has a headlight restoration service for $50 that lasts for ~2 years. Was wondering anybody try them? They do a good job?

EDIT: Bought Turtle Wax instead. See Post#16 for results and info.
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For the last couple weeks ive been looking for a way to make my headlights clear again. At night they look like absolute ****, with yellow stains and fog (during the day they look clean tho). I just found out tho walmart has a headlight restoration service for $50 that lasts for ~2 years. Was wondering anybody try them? They do a good job?
Seriously, try the $8 kit from autozone before you have a professional do it(especially a walmart one lol). It made my headlights look brand new!
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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=220968_0_0_
I used this myself a few weeks ago worked great was really happy with the result. I did a non drill headlight restoration kit and it was a pain and didnt work 1/4 as well. The 3m kit is the way to go and you can get it at autozone.
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I'm cringing just thinking of the idea of walmart doing anything to a car. Try what the others have said. The 3m kit works great with some elbow grease. Ive restored several cars headlights with it.
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The main ingredient in headlight cleaners is a polish... no different than toothpaste. Just take 1/2 teaspoon of toothpaste and rub it onto your headlight with light pressure. Use a moist towel and rub it in circular motion. The headlight should be done in 30-45 seconds, then just move to the next one with another 1/2 teaspoon of toothpaste. Take a clean, wet cloth and wipe off the toothpaste once you're doe, then rinse the headlight very well, dry, and apply a good sealant like Collinite 845. I also apply Collinite 845 to my windshield every year just before winter sets in. You should be good for 1 year at $.15 max.

I've been doing this for the last 10 years and it works as well as the expensive materials.
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For the last couple weeks ive been looking for a way to make my headlights clear again. At night they look like absolute ****, with yellow stains and fog (during the day they look clean tho). I just found out tho walmart has a headlight restoration service for $50 that lasts for ~2 years. Was wondering anybody try them? They do a good job?
I'll be the oddball here and say yes...

Mine here in Az were looking very bad.

Had Wallyworld do mine ( only cost $35 here ) and they came out looking great.

Although, I will try one of the less expensive methods next time...
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Seriously, try the $8 kit from autozone before you have a professional do it(especially a walmart one lol). It made my headlights look brand new!
I know, but it seems everyone recommends a different kit, and each kit has different reviews. One says it worked for him, one it doesn't. And I dont wanna spend $10 here and there for different kits.

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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=220968_0_0_
I used this myself a few weeks ago worked great was really happy with the result. I did a non drill headlight restoration kit and it was a pain and didnt work 1/4 as well. The 3m kit is the way to go and you can get it at autozone.
Yea this was one of the ones I am considering

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The main ingredient in headlight cleaners is a polish... no different than toothpaste. Just take 1/2 teaspoon of toothpaste and rub it onto your headlight with light pressure. Use a moist towel and rub it in circular motion. The headlight should be done in 30-45 seconds, then just move to the next one with another 1/2 teaspoon of toothpaste. Take a clean, wet cloth and wipe off the toothpaste once you're doe, then rinse the headlight very well, dry, and apply a good sealant like Collinite 845. I also apply Collinite 845 to my windshield every year just before winter sets in. You should be good for 1 year at $.15 max.

I've been doing this for the last 10 years and it works as well as the expensive materials.
I tried toothpaste a couple months back when I first got my car. It had light fog. It kinda cleaned it up, but it returned to normal state a couple weeks later. I tried it again today, and it really ****ed up my headlights this time (not sure why). It fogged them up even more.

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I'll be the oddball here and say yes...

Mine here in Az were looking very bad.

Had Wallyworld do mine ( only cost $35 here ) and they came out looking great.

Although, I will try one of the less expensive methods next time...
i think ima try it tomorrow. if im not happy with it ill tell them whats up
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I tried toothpaste a couple months back when I first got my car. It had light fog. It kinda cleaned it up, but it returned to normal state a couple weeks later. I tried it again today, and it really ****ed up my headlights this time (not sure why). It fogged them up even more.
I'm sorry to hear that. I've done mine on the old Volvo (X5) and now the G (X2 in 4 years) w/o incident. Did you wash them afterwards and then wax them with a couple of coats to protect them? Again, I'm sorry.
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I used the 8 dollar walmart kit from turtle wax, worked wonders.
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try wet sanding the headlight first, then using plastic polish and a buffer.
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Use some Meguiars M105 and a foam applicator. Takes some elbow grease but it works great! Heres a link: http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-P...s-on-a-budget/
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Mine were looking horrible too...I have an 03.....i almost bought a restore kit and reaqd somewhere just to use polish...

I had some wheel polish tried it...and they look brand new!!! sooo easy to do I was surprised.
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I used Turtle headlight restore kit, from Walmart $8.
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Not the best pictures (taken on different days and such) but it gives you an idea. Cheaper to get a kit and do it yourself. I noticed a very big difference; they were much clearer afterwards. I was able to remove alot of the oxidation/yellowing on the surface of the lights.

Now to find a way to clear up the clearance strip..
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I used Turtle headlight restore kit, from Walmart $8.
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Not the best pictures (taken on different days and such) but it gives you an idea. Cheaper to get a kit and do it yourself. I noticed a very big difference; they were much clearer afterwards. I was able to remove alot of the oxidation/yellowing on the surface of the lights.

Now to find a way to clear up the clearance strip..
Wow looks very good! Ill pick one up later this week! Thanks!
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Any polish should do the job. The important thing is to wax or seal the headlights afterwards.
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