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I recall there being a really good thread on SF.com when it was still up about different products used to repair minor scratches, cloudiness, and general wear on the headlight lenses, anyone know of any good products?
 

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If the cloudiness is fairly mild, toothpaste and damp cloth works well as a mild abrasive and polish.

A side-benefit is that it leaves your Forester really minty! :D
 

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novus plastic polish is what ive used and some 5k sand paper
 

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I've used Simichrome Polish by Happich with a paper towel then buff, then finish with a cleaning wax. A medium buff wheel on a drill at medium speed works well with the polish as well.

I only used a paper towel on a heavy haze. Otherwise a soft cloth is fine.
 

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I used the PLASTX by Meguiar's, which is mentioned in the above thread started by Retserof, and I'm quite happy with it....! I took some photos... used PLASTX on the left headlight and left the right one alone for comparison...
 

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I used the PLASTX by Meguiar's, which is mentioned in the above thread started by Retserof, and I'm quite happy with it....! I took some photos... used PLASTX on the left headlight and left the right one alone for comparison...
Thanks for the pics!:Banane01:

Did you apply the Plastx by hand or use some power tools?
 

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applied it by hand with a paper towel, for lack of something better... then wiped it off with a cotton terry cloth...
 

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Awesome, I'm going to have to get me some of that stuff!! :Banane29:
 

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pieboy said:
I used the PLASTX by Meguiar's, which is mentioned in the above thread started by Retserof, and I'm quite happy with it....! I took some photos... used PLASTX on the left headlight and left the right one alone for comparison...
I love this stuff!!!! I've been using it for a while now
 

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I just bought some Plastx for $3.99. I'll report back on my results.
 

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Plastic X is the best took off all scratches and oxidation , my terry cloth got yellow and black I was amazed how much crap goes into your lense
 
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Hi,

I found the info in this thread very useful. Thanks a lot.
I've tried it for Fog Lights. Sanded it from 800 to 2000 and then used Meguiar's Plastx. I ’d been applying Plastx with circular applicator for about 5-7 minutes before it almost dried. The surface is much smoother now. I don't feel any roughness by my fingers. One pictures shows left one just cleaned and the right one untouched. It looks very nice now, but
For experiment sake I wiped it out using rubbing alcohol simulating one-two touchless washes and noticed as tiny scratches are coming back. You may see them at second picture. They are barely visible at front. They are noticeable in reflecting light.
I'm just wondering. Are you guys getting similar results? Or should I try another polisher? Should I use some finer sandpaper. I had hard time finding 2000 up here. Didn’t even see anything closer to 5K though. Could anybody in Toronto recommend some store for this stuff other then Wallmart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Partsource? Only one plastic polisher I've seen is this one. Others are for painted surfaces.
I'm planning do the same with headlights and wondering what will I likely end up with?
 

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I've used the Novus polish with good results, but it's not a permanent fix either. I'm not dealing so much with scratches though, it's the tendency of the plastic lenses on the SVX to yellow with time. Not sure there is a solution to the yellowing.
 

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Just tried some PlastX and I'm impressed. It took care of the yellowing foggy headlight disease. :Banane01:
 

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I used PlastX this past weekend. It took off the fogging (mine was not yellow, just white), but it didn't take out the scratches. For those I'd probably have to use sandpaper. I called it good enough and installed Rockblocker lens protectors (after cleaning off the PlastX residue, of course!)
 
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