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Omaha, NE


Road King

Posted - 08/24/2013 :  9:27 AM                       Like
I've never seen a m/c headlamp as badly in need of restoration as those on one of my kid's car were, but there's no reason this technique wouldn't work on any headlamp, including an older m/c.


1- travel size tube toothpaste from Walmart: .99
1- 10 oz bottle Meguiar's Headlight Protectant: $4.00

Total: $4.99

Takes about 10 min per headlamp. Apply about 1/2 the tube of toothpaste across the surface of the headlamp. Using a couple of wadded up paper towels, work the toothpaste vigourously and evenly using circular motions (think polishing compound and orbital sander), until surface is nearly dry. Wash the surface of headlamp with clean and very wet paper towels. Dry. Apply the Headlight Protectant as instructed.

Male Moderator
1484 Posts

Evanston, IL



Posted - 08/24/2013 :  10:25 AM
I use Pledge to clean bug splatter and dust from bodywork. It keeps future bugs from sticking as badly and prevents windscreen and headlight clouding. It's good for other plastic parts too. I used to use Plexus before it got crazily expensive.
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The Meromorph
Male Moderator
834 Posts

White House, TN



Posted - 08/28/2013 :  12:25 PM
There's some stuff (called DURAGLIT in England), that is cotton wadding impregnated with metal polish. It comes in a tin about the size of a coffee mug. I can't remember what the US equivalent is called, but I've used it, too.
It is absolutely superb for polishing transparent plastic - windshields, lamp 'glasses', etc. Toothpaste is good, but the Duraglit does it a little better, with less work .
The Royal Air Force has been using it since before WWII to polish the windshields of fighter planes, before every flight.
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Male Senior Member
281 Posts

The Woodlands, TX



Posted - 08/28/2013 :  12:45 PM Follow poster on Twitter
The U.S. equivalent is called Nev-R-Dull. We used that to polish just about all kinds of metal in the Navy.
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