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Joe Kieve
12-24-2012, 10:35 AM
The headlights on my 2000 Taurus were badly hazed. So, since I'm cheap, I tried something and it seems to have worked. I'm a pen turner and had some Micromesh pads that I use to polish pens. I works on CA glue, why not plastic. Went through all nine pads, 1500-12,000, then finished with PlastX plastic polish. Looks like new right now and hope it stays that way for a while.

Merry Christmas to all of you!


ray hampton
12-24-2012, 12:19 PM
why polish your headlights don't the headlights wipers work

Curt Fuller
12-24-2012, 12:47 PM
That's probably about the same process as the kits you can buy to restore them. Your's was more intensive polishing and probably worked better than the kits though. I polished the lenses on my 2000 Tacoma a few years ago using the basic 3M kit and they seem to be holding up well.

Ken Fitzgerald
12-24-2012, 1:10 PM
It's my understanding that micro-mesh was developed to polish the plastic windshields on aircraft. It doesn't surprise me it works on plastic headlight lens too.

Bruce Page
12-24-2012, 1:29 PM
I used to do my wife’s car just using plastic polish and a finger - very tedious! I bought a kit made by McGuire’s, I think, that uses polish and a buffer you mount in a hand drill. It works really well.

John McClanahan
12-24-2012, 2:20 PM
A slow speed buffer and toothpaste works good. Search around on youtube for some examples. It worked for me.


Kevin Bourque
12-25-2012, 7:10 PM
I used automotive buffing compound and a buffer on mine. I spent maybe 10 minutes total time and they look great. If I'd spent about 30 minutes they would be perfect.

Dave Ogren
12-26-2012, 3:16 PM
Another method that works is 600 grit wet or dry sandpaper then clear lacquer. Good luck.