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Old 07-30-2019, 12:43 PM
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My headlight lenses on my 2004 Dodge Ram have gotten so badly clouded over I finally decided to do something about them.

First, I elected to just go ahead and replace the lenses, but from diligent internet searching it looks like I would have to replace the whole headlight assemblies.

So, purchased Maguire's Heavy Duty headlight polishing kit, which only sorta kinda works, 2 hours of labor and still have areas on the headlights that are marred and clouded. Sand and polish, sand and polish, minimal results in places.

Any of you have experience in this regard that actually WORKED? Yes, Bucky, I already did an internet search.

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Old 07-30-2019, 12:46 PM
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The polish trick worked for me on the truck I used to have. Recommended the same trick to a friend and he had results similar to your experience. His solution was to trade in for a new vehicle.
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:51 PM
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The polish trick worked for me on the truck I used to have. Recommended the same trick to a friend and he had results similar to your experience. His solution was to trade in for a new vehicle.
Well, I guess that woud be a solution that WORKED, all right.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:20 PM
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I don't know if there's a significant difference in Dodge and Toyota plastic, but I was able to do a good cleaning job on my daughter's Corolla headlight covers using good ole Brasso (being a "mature" veteran, you should be acquainted with it )
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:41 PM
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York... this one works

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Old 07-30-2019, 01:45 PM
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Body shop. About $100 and they guarantee it. Had it done to '06 Honda Accord.
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I've done 5 or 6 sets over the years with varying results. Then I found a guy that hangs out at the liquor store parking lot with a sign that says "Headlights Polished $20".

He's done 3 or 4 of our company vehicles and they seem to hold up well. I think it's similar to knife sharpening. If you don't know how to do it find someone who does.

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Meguires Plast-X. Used it for 90s Corolla that light wouldn't even come through. not a lot of effort or money either. Works good.
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Meguires Plast-X. Used it for 90s Corolla that light wouldn't even come through. not a lot of effort or money either. Works good.
I use that as well.. it's good on the light oxidation but won't touch the bad stuff.. on a Chev. Trailblazer it took a sandpaper treatment to get that gunk down to smooth.
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I used Flitz with good results. I didnít do any sanding, just masked the area, then polished and buffed with a soft cloth and a spot of Flitz.

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Flitz/N-5yc1vZe9l
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I've been using Bluemagic headlight restorer cream for about 20 years. Its worked on GM, Ford, Toyota,Mazda and others I forgot.. Some were very oxidised and crusty. Took some elbow grease but they cleaned up. I put it on a old piece of cotton bath towel. Only problem is sometimes the oxidation also gets on the inside where you can't get it. I've noticed this where the headlights are also the daytime running lights.
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Only problem is sometimes the oxidation also gets on the inside where you can't get it. I've noticed this where the headlights are also the daytime running lights.
Thatís what happened to my Dodge Caravan, had mine done and the guy polished them three times before he realized that they were hazed on the inside. They are certainly better but just. I guess itís time for a new car.
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I haven't tried it but a trusted buddy,[yep got one], said Off insect repellant cleans em up.
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