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I have been trying to remove the clouding from the plastic headlight lenses.

In the end the only thing that works well is 1500 then 2000 grit wet or dry used wet followed by a quality plastic polish like Meguires PlastX.

Please avoid MD Products Headlight cleaner and save yourself enormous aggravation and a waste of money.

If you spend $15.95 from their web site or $10.95 to $15.95 using eBay you will get a small plastic envelope with 2 blue gas station type windshield paper towels, a cheap latex glove (1 only) and three tiny 2 oz bottles of a supposedly patented set of liquids that look a lot like detergent and a mild plastic polish.

A concerted effort to use the products as advertised (several times) yielded no results.

Any attempt to contact David Maille resulted in nothing. Nothing from using his website to contact (mdwholesale.com) nothing from emails directly to him (dmaille@mdwholesale.com) and nothing yet from a postal letter sent.

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I did it on my wife's ex van by using WD40 and sandpaper (1500 then 2000) worked fairly well.

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I've heard that toothpaste will sometimes work as the light abrasive your looking for.
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I've used a power buffer and light buffing compound on both headlights and clear taillights before, and I have been very pleased with the results. I just started experimenting one day with different products and this is one of the things that worked and it has kept the lights from yellowing/hazing again too!
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Go to see the lens-cleaning vid at Buy SYSTEM ONE Polish and SYSTEM ONE Wax online here. Might work for you & isn't too expensive. Product is called "System One".
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There has been at least one other thread on this issue, and I think a search on the Detailing forum should find it (or them).

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[QUOTE=mjhawkins2346;2625214]I have been trying to remove the clouding from the plastic headlight lenses.

In the end the only thing that works well is 1500 then 2000 grit wet or dry used wet followed by a quality plastic polish like Meguires PlastX.

I use Meguiars PlastX. I first clean the Lens and remove whatever waxes, coatings or bugs on it.
Then I use the PlastX and a Cordless Drill with a Buffing Wheel and I spend some
quality time there. More PlastX, more Buffing, More PlastX, More Buffing
Until its acceptable.
I am not looking for real glass appearance. I just don't want to look nasty.
OBTW: I never use Windex or equivalent on those Plastic Lenses
Windex and such are fantastically abrasive and defats the Plastic.

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I used Griots Garage "Plastic Polish", and it worked great on my W201, as well as a Toyota's front headlights.

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I've heard that toothpaste will sometimes work as the light abrasive your looking for.
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I use it on plastic wristwatch crystals and it works very well.

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Go to see the lens-cleaning vid at Buy SYSTEM ONE Polish and SYSTEM ONE Wax online here. Might work for you & isn't too expensive. Product is called "System One".
Not only does it work great on headlights, but it does a great job on paint!

Since the originator of this thread is in Ventura County, he is welcome to a free demo on his headlights (or anyone else's) if he cares to venture down to Anaheim.

We do headlights all the time with 1000 git (wet), followed by SYSTEM ONE X3 Cutting Polish on a rotary with a wool pad. They come out great.

You do not need a special polish for plastic... that is just good marketing.
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