How do I clean a car headlight?

by Patty
  11 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 25, 2020

    First try turtle wax rubbing compound - it is like a wax but has a more powerful abrasive to it. Then buff it off. Walmart sells a headlight oxidation removal cleaner also.

  • Try toothpaste and baking soda.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jan 25, 2020

    Hi Patty, here are some ways to clean your headlights. This is very important to your safety. Here's how to clean car headlights with toothpaste:

    1. Rub toothpaste into the headlight cover using a toothbrush.
    2. Keep rubbing until you feel and see the headlight getting cleaner.
    3. Spray warm water onto the headlight and wipe away the toothpaste with a cloth.
    4. For a deeper clean use a rotary buffer to apply the toothpaste.

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  • William William on Jan 26, 2020

    I did my daughters car. Used a White (not gel) toothpaste and a damp cloth. A dab of toothpaste on the cloth and rub in a circular motion a small area at a time. Keep the toothpaste moist. A separate wet cloth squeezing water as you rub. Wipe as you go along to see the progress. Once done put some paste wax over the lenses. last about a year. There are kits for sanding the surface layer off but takes a little skill. They also last about a year. It's the plastic lenses that oxidize from the weather.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 26, 2020

    Hi Patty. Use toothpaste to clean your headlights. It has to be paste. Not gel. The toothpaste will not only clean your headlights, but it will also help shed water in the rain.

  • try tooth paste. Be sure it isn't gel. use damp cloth and rub gently. Be sure cloth stays damp and add toothpaste as needed

  • Maura White Maura White on Jan 26, 2020

    Mother's Polish works well - (probably at Walmart) - advertised to shine car rims but works on headlight covers too!

  • Em Em on Jan 27, 2020

    Toothpaste works for the top layer of grime but will yellow again in a few weeks. You need to sand with ultra fine sandpaper and use polishing compound for a really good job. Start with 450 or 600 grit and end with 1000 or more. Tape off the area of paint around the headlight with painters tape, wrap a piece of paper around a sanding block and wet it. Go to next grit until they are clean. Finish with polishing compound.

  • Patty Patty on Jan 28, 2020

    Holy cow that sounds complex!! I'll give the instructions to my husband. It's his truck headlights and I was going to surprise him and clean them, but I'd do better with toothpaste or Mother's Polish. Thanks!!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 23, 2021

    Hi Patty, most Auto Parts stores carry a polishing product or system just for acrylic headlights... Turtle Wax and most of the other major brands of car wax have one.... just follow the directions. You can also use a small dab of toothpaste (the non-gel kind) on a damp cloth and gently rub it in a circular motion.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 21, 2021

    Toothbrush and Toothpaste