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#2283005 - 06/08/11 10:32 PM Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste
dvldoc Offline


Registered: 03/15/11
Posts: 93
Loc: Texas
Yeah I said with touthpaste. Decided to test this myth on my wife's Altima. 5 years in Guam was rough on the headlights and we paid the Navy autoport 60 dollars to clean them back in 09. They re-yellowed in 2 years pretty good.

So do it work, yes, not much elbow grease required, took me about 15 minutes to do both use aquafresh toothpaste, I'm sure the brand does not really matter. And a microfiber cloth, no high speed drill, no buffers, no 20 dollar kit. Just toothpaste and a microfiber rag.

So does it work, yes it does.

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#2283012 - 06/08/11 10:42 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
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Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 3967
Loc: USA
Nice! I used a kit on my daughter's Elantra and the kit did a good job. It had a sealant in it that I applied after the polish (it is supposed to slow the yellowing).

I was impressed and happy with the results. Aside from the lack of sealant (which may or may not do anything), your results are equally impressive from the $2.50 tube of toothpaste.
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#2283017 - 06/08/11 10:52 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
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Registered: 05/08/11
Posts: 820
Loc: Sacramento CA
Good job, I bet it was minty fresh after -as well as prevented cavities caused by your cars sweet tooth.

If there is one thing I can't stand, its cars with poor dental hygiene.


Edited by needsducktape (06/08/11 10:53 PM)
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#2283019 - 06/08/11 10:53 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
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Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
OT:Crest also removes black boot scuff marks. Anyone been to AF Basic knows this....
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#2283028 - 06/08/11 11:05 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 15054
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Toothpaste + microfiber towel and 15 minutes elbow grease thumbsup

I'll try your method this weekend, I have 3M headlight kit and did the cleaning on my E430 a little more than a year ago, it starts to get a slight yellowing again.


Edited by HTSS_TR (06/08/11 11:09 PM)
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#2283031 - 06/08/11 11:17 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
urrlord Offline


Registered: 09/25/08
Posts: 505
Loc: central ga
be sure to put a coat of wax on the lenses each time you wash the car to slow the yellowing process.
one guy on this forum said to use wd-40 to prevent that.
i did my ma-in-laws car with damp ajax and then toothpaste and followed with a coat of kit wax paste.her lenses were very bad,lights reached about 30-35 feet before cleaning.after cleaning 100+feet.

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#2283039 - 06/08/11 11:23 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: urrlord]
WMSmotorhead Offline


Registered: 05/15/11
Posts: 876
Loc: Cleveland OH USA
I like the Meguier's kit with the drill spinner... Easy, and works fast. more expensive though.

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#2283040 - 06/08/11 11:27 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
zyxelenator Offline


Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 1340
Loc: Louisville,KY
Nice, will try it one day smile
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#2283043 - 06/08/11 11:29 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
zyxelenator Offline


Registered: 01/24/11
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Loc: Louisville,KY
Nice, will try it one day smile
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#2283078 - 06/09/11 12:51 AM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
5sfe91 Offline


Registered: 12/11/09
Posts: 754
Loc: Corpus Christi,Texas
Sweet thanks for sharing I'll definately try this since its only starting on the top of the headlight
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#2283105 - 06/09/11 03:02 AM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
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Registered: 02/05/11
Posts: 939
Loc: WA, USA
Don't forget to floss.
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#2283263 - 06/09/11 08:53 AM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 4465
Loc: OH
Anything with abrasives in it will work, so I just use the cheapest stuff I can find...

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#2283860 - 06/09/11 05:18 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 15054
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Which is cheaper than a cheap toothpaste that can do the cleaning ?
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#2284608 - 06/10/11 12:48 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: HTSS_TR]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 4465
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: HTSS_TR
Which is cheaper than a cheap toothpaste that can do the cleaning ?


Turtle Wax rubbing compound (red can). $3 at Wal-Phart.

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#2284889 - 06/10/11 06:18 PM Re: Cleaning yellow headlights (aquafresh) toothpaste [Re: dvldoc]
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1270
Loc: Pennsylvania
Excellent, I used to use toothpaste to get a really good valve seal when I built 4 cycle kart engines.

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