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Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked #5223999 09/27/19 01:05 PM
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Just stumbled on an outstanding product to get rid of that ugly haze on your headlights. It took me roughly 10 minutes per light, and was a piece of cake to use. The stuff is called "Miracle Shine", made by GMS products in the People's Republic of California. I bought it about a year ago, just to clean and polish the exotic metals on my bathroom fixtures. It cleans, shines, and gets rid of all the water marks, and does a fantasic job. So, my headlights look like a little kid with a cold rubbed booger all over them. It was time to clean them. So, instead of buying a headlight restoration kit, just for kicks I grabbed the Miracle Shine. Did an absolutely amazing job. They look pretty close to new, except for the nicks in the plastic ( the truck is 11 years old, after all, and still has the same headlights which were never refinished. ). I finished it off with some wax. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, especially since I didn't have to go buy a restoration kit, and waste an afternoon using it. Caution: Remove it while it is still wet.

Probably some people will say I'm making money off the post. I'm not. For the record, I have no financial interest in "Miracle Shine". I don't sell it, don't own stock in the manufacturer, and make absolutely nothing for telling you guys about this stuff. Comes in an 8 oz squeeze bottle, and costs about $13.00. Use it on EVERYTHING that has a non-porous surface. Bottle says it is "Safe - Nonabrasive". Have fun and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Really easy to rub on.

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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224014 09/27/19 01:39 PM
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Is this the stuff your talking about? Miracle Shine

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: diyjake] #5224022 09/27/19 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by diyjake
Is this the stuff your talking about? Miracle Shine


Yep, that's the stuff. Finding it in a store is the hard part. The rest is all easy.

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224038 09/27/19 02:14 PM
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I use Pepsodent toothpaste, 99 cents a tube. I also brush my teeth with it.

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224066 09/27/19 03:03 PM
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If the oxidation is heavy enough, the easiest way is to wet sand the entire layer of oxidized clear coat/plastic with 400/1000/2000/2500 grit, then compound and polish with a drill polisher kit.

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: wdn] #5224080 09/27/19 03:34 PM
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+1 paste toothpaste

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224114 09/27/19 04:26 PM
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Lots of things will polish them well. How long they stay clear is what counts!


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224130 09/27/19 04:55 PM
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Pics of the result?


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224199 09/27/19 06:33 PM
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about most toothpastes they should NOT be used as intended!!! search a bit you will see some VERY questionable ingredients!!

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224224 09/27/19 07:14 PM
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I used the 3M restore kit on our 06 Pilot.
Several steps and some serious sanding and the
lights look nearly new. 1 year later they still look great.


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: 28oz] #5224298 09/27/19 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
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Originally Posted by 28oz
Lots of things will polish them well. How long they stay clear is what counts!


Understood. But since it only took about 20 mins to do the whole job, not concerned. I'll just do it again if it needs it, Faster than making breakfast.

Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224319 09/27/19 09:22 PM
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On an old beater I used some off deep woods(deet) on a sock.. worked pretty good about 2 mins per light.

I then cleaned them really well with dawn.. let dry
wiped them down with rubbing alcohol
and sprayed them with clearcoat spraypaint... Rust-Oleum IIRC.

worked just fine but I only had that car for about 1.5 years after that.


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224384 09/27/19 11:55 PM
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I use this stuff from Turtle Wax made for headlights (T-43) its a Headlight Cleaner and Protectant. Its not really sold in stores but Amazon has it at a low price and a bottle lasts forever. If the lights are real bad, I wet sand with 2500 and polish with a foam pad on a drill. Looks amazing when finished.


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: 28oz] #5224411 09/28/19 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by 28oz
Lots of things will polish them well. How long they stay clear is what counts!


^^^this!^^^


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Re: Frustrated By Heavily Oxidized Headlights? Here's What Worked [Re: Hot_Ajax] #5224439 09/28/19 03:00 AM
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There are a lot of videos on YouTube of people using various metal polishes to clean headlights.


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