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Old 05-14-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Restore headlights using toothpaste

Hey, I decided today, after reading up on using toothpaste to restore your headlights, that I would try it for myself on my 2001 civic ex. I made a video of the pics I took, also including what you will need and the steps in order to restore the lights. Just wanted to share in case some might be skeptical as I was.. but they turned out pretty good! Hope ya like the video.. and if have any questions of how I did it or whatever, feel free to ask me

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Seems a lot faster than the sandpaper/buffer method, but not as perfect results
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

Looks like a good thing to do for touching up the headlights....looks sweet. I might give it a go.
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Great, now remove that tramp stamp from your hood. kkthx
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Will it get massive rock gouges out? j/k great video
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thanks everybody i appreciate it.. it turned out pretty good.. not perfect, but for $0, i'd say thats a pretty good deal.
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I noticed you're blue header. Me like.
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toothpaste is basically rubbing compound for your teeth i would pick up a cheap bottle of turtle rubbing compound before i used toothpaste you'll get much better results.
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thanx i like it a lot too
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toothpaste is basically rubbing compound for your teeth i would pick up a cheap bottle of turtle rubbing compound before i used toothpaste you'll get much better results.
i agree that buying any of the compounds, or kits, or restoration this or that would be better for them, but i just did this to see if it was actually true. not sayin its perfect. but if you dont have much $ and ur lights look crappy, this will definetly clean em up a bit.
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

Dude thats awesome, and you cant beat free,plus it leaves your car with a minty fresh clean feeling. I've tried several products and so far this is the best that i have found. Its from Meguiar's.

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sweet, thanks for the tip!
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My headlights so minty fresh, I lick em just to see. Not sure why the neighbours stare at me though?
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

yeah civichick i was looking at my headlights today. i think i'm going to give this a try to touch them up
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yeah civichick i was looking at my headlights today. i think i'm going to give this a try to touch them up
yeah, try it out.. worked for me as you can see.. not perfect, but if u got some toothpaste and some socks, and some water.. its worth it lol let me know how it turns out if you decide to
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yeah civichick i was looking at my headlights today. i think i'm going to give this a try to touch them up
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Would you get better results if you rinsed them off with Listerine?
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

Just did it to my car. The difference was very noticeable, but the end result is OK. Could be better, but for free and toothpaste it's pretty impressive.
I'm changing my headlights anyway cuz theyre way overdue. (One is all bubly inside, and all the amber reflectors have faded to a **** yellow)

I just thought I'd try it and make them look a little nicer for a wedding this Sunday Can't roll up with hazey eyes now can I?
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I'll be trying this out some time next week probably. I've got one headlight with a slight haze.. not too bad but it's worth a shot.
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4 out of 5 dentists recommend this. one recommends you stop being a cheap azz and buy real rubbing compound.
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Just did it to my car. The difference was very noticeable, but the end result is OK. Could be better, but for free and toothpaste it's pretty impressive.
I'm changing my headlights anyway cuz theyre way overdue. (One is all bubly inside, and all the amber reflectors have faded to a **** yellow)

I just thought I'd try it and make them look a little nicer for a wedding this Sunday Can't roll up with hazey eyes now can I?
haha nah, cant be doin that

im glad it worked out for ya.. i felt the same way with the end result.. not brand new or perfect, but definetly cleaned em up! more than you would expect from it being toothpaste for sure. i want to get some new headlights.. just aint got the funds. .. oh well.. someday soon i hope it'll all come together.

have fun at the wedding!
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I'll be trying this out some time next week probably. I've got one headlight with a slight haze.. not too bad but it's worth a shot.
give it a try. you'll be impressed..
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

Soooooo I tried this today. I followed the steps... and rubbed it till it was going away. I used an old sock.

Nothing changed! I even took pictures but when I realized that nothing at all improved, I didn't even feel like uploading them anymore haha.

Guess I needed the toothpaste with the stripes and not the plain white one lol
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

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Soooooo I tried this today. I followed the steps... and rubbed it till it was going away. I used an old sock.

Nothing changed! I even took pictures but when I realized that nothing at all improved, I didn't even feel like uploading them anymore haha.

Guess I needed the toothpaste with the stripes and not the plain white one lol
I used Colgate sensitive
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Re: Restore headlights using toothpaste

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Soooooo I tried this today. I followed the steps... and rubbed it till it was going away. I used an old sock.

Nothing changed! I even took pictures but when I realized that nothing at all improved, I didn't even feel like uploading them anymore haha.

Guess I needed the toothpaste with the stripes and not the plain white one lol

Yeah, next time u run out of toothpaste, just grab some that has like the gritty texture, and it should work better.. it did for me anyways..
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