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Old 17-06-2021, 08:51 PM   #1
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'Foggy' Headlights

My Mazda 3 is 10 years old and the headlamps have become 'foggy'. My question is can I do any damage by hand polishing the headlamps with T-Cut Original and will it work ? I also have Autoglym Car Glass Polish, is this worth a try ?

Rather than buy any new products I would prefer to use products I already have 'on the shelf'.
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Old 17-06-2021, 09:32 PM   #2
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Have you a polisher. There are hand or drill products specified for this. 3m for one mate
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Old 17-06-2021, 10:03 PM   #3
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As above, machine polisher or drill will make your life easier and depends on how bad they are. You can use T-cut or compound and should improve them but depending on how bad your results could be limited by hand, nothing to loose trying it first and then if your not happy them would need a drill to get the job done. Autoglym also do a kit with the required sanding discs, compound and foam pad. Did mine not long after getting car as Fiesta is 14 years old this year and really suffers on the top of the lenses. Generally once sorted, get them protected with a wax and sealant. Keep on top of them, they seem to need a light polish every now and then to keep them decent, they haven't reverted to how bad they were but a light haze can reform in the warmer months.
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Old 18-06-2021, 02:49 PM   #4
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There are some 'OK' hand polishing kits out there. I have used the Turtle Wax one which is meant for hand use and the result was a vast improvement from the previous yellow Toyota Yaris headlights.
It did make them clear again and remove all the yellowing, but a machine polish will vastly improve the final result clarity. i.e. it will get the plastic completely transparent again and will remove all the sanding marks.

But for £11 it is a very good kit. But as mentioned above the 3M one comes with attachments for an electric drill which makes the process quicker and should give a better result.

I should add the Turtle Wax kit also comes with a UV sealer which is meant to prevent or delay it happening in the future.
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Old 18-06-2021, 03:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your replies, I will have a go at the weekend.
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Old 18-06-2021, 03:12 PM   #6
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I bought below for one of the headlights on a car my dad just bought. The other headlight is brand new.

Will let you know how it goes if I get a chance tomorrow


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Armor-All-H...4025412&sr=8-5
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Waste of time those wipes unless you want a very quick fix (couple of weeks max imo).
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Waste of time those wipes unless you want a very quick fix (couple of weeks max imo).
I have wet sanding stuff too. He just didnt want to spend alot on it. Car cost him £750

Said I would give it a go for £7.

I'll try the cleaning wipe first before opening the sealer.
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Old 18-06-2021, 07:48 PM   #9
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Lads on another forum bought similar and raved about how good it was.. Until about two weeks later lol
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Yes you could use T-cut, but TBH the best advice you need is get familiar with the "Search" facility. It is arguably the best part of this forum.
You will see bundles and bundles of threads on this, options, opinions, methods by many people fed up of replying to this common question.

Hope that helps.
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