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Old 03-31-2014, 02:18 AM   #1
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Anyone here ever try removing that nasty yellow oxidation covering their headlights with toothpaste. They got you tube videos showing that toothpaste actually removes the oxidation and makes the lenses nice and clear!

Apparently the toothpaste that has plaque removing additives works best because the oxidation is like plaque. Anyone try this method and what were your results? The you tube videos looked legit and not cutting when the demonstration was being done with the toothpaste trick.

Fact or Crap? Many people swear by this process. Basically, clean off the oxidized headlight lens so its free of dirt and debre. Place two to three lines maybe 3 inches wide on the headlights. Use DA polisher and just move toothpaste around the lens prior to buffing. Turn DA polisher on and move around slowly until oxidation is gone.
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I used Meguiars rubbing compound and elbow grease......and then bought new lenses, lol. Seriously, the rubbing compound should be enough.

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oh it works 100% but after a few days will start to look ****ty again lol
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just go put some toothpaste and grab a wet rag.... scrub your headlight... wipe dry.. look so clear like brand new... 1 week later looks like crap again
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Toothpaste has some sort of abrasive material in it, thus being able to remove light oxidation. It's worth a shot, but probably "using the right tool for the right job" would be more beneficial in the long run. A proper lens compound or headlight restoration kit may do the job.

Remember to steadily clean your headlights from there on after so they don't end up nasty looking again. I personally can't stand oxidized headlights, I've got a permanent ceramic coating on mine.
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Yea, I'm with those that have posted that it works, but only to have the oxidation return after a few days. The stuff sold on the market formulated to do this usually contain protectants to aid in sun block to help prevent further oxidation.

So, maybe some toothpaste, then some sun tan lotion?

I've also wondered why the aftermarket has not offered a replacement lense with real glass (saftey glass) as an alternative?
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I've heard that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend this.
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^^ hahaha good one!!
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My wife used Maguiar's headlight restoration kit and that worked really well...then she traded in that car shortly after. Maybe should have done toothpaste right before going to the dealership hahaha
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While you're using the toothpaste on the headlights, make sure to double-check them for cavities.
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This thread is awesome and if you want to restore your trim back to black use peanut butter
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Peanut butter? That's a new one. I've heard that's the best way to get a dog to be your friend. Haha
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Peanut butter? That's a new one. I've heard that's the best way to get a dog to be your friend. Haha
I read about it but never tried it
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On the car or with the dog? lol
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While you're using the toothpaste on the headlights, make sure to double-check them for cavities.
Ha ha ha. Lmao. I gave her a root canal.
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Peanut butter? That's a new one. I've heard that's the best way to get a dog to be your friend. Haha
It's not cheating because "it's your dog".
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Do NOT put Detail Doc on your headlights if the sun is out. I learned the hard way.
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I'm gonna try this

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Shockingly enough, it works.
It didn't make them super clear but the difference is there. I'll probably do another coat and upload pictures. Cool cheap little trick

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