Headlight Restoration using Toothpaste

Headlight Restoration using Toothpaste


Hey guys, ChrisFix here
today I am going to show you how to make these old, yellowing, oxidizing, headlights clear again
they are going to go from this
to this
using this
so a lot of the damage here is done on the outside of the headlight
I cannot tell if the inside of the headlight is no good either but
the outside of the headlight is yellowing, you can feel it, it’s not smooth
its all pitted which indicates that it can be polished out
on my truck you can see this is also yellow, but it is oxidizing from the inside. The outside is smooth
and it is pretty clean on the outside so I wouldnt be able to use this method on these headlights
but for a headlight that you can feel it is not smooth on the outside
and you can see that there are all spots
and it is yellow on the outside
this trick will definitely help you out.
So you want to make sure you use a toothpaste that has some grittiness to it
and is an actual paste and not a gel.
this one has baking soda and peroxide which will help get our headlight lenses clear
and this is all gritty, so this is a good toothpaste to use.
If your toothpaste isnt gritty, then you can add some baking soda to the toothpaste
all we are going to do
is get a bunch of toothpaste
and rub it in
make sure you rub it in good
cover the whole headlight
you can buy a headlight restoring kit for about $15-$20
but with this toothpaste it is $1 and you will get similar results
if you want, you can even use a toothbrush and brush it in there really good!
and you can tell by the
dirtiness of the toothbrush that this is working pretty good
the toothpaste was white and is now turning yellow
so this is working
after brushing the headlight
a good amount
working that toothpaste in there really good
we are going to grab our dental floss
take a bunch out
I am just kidding, we are not using dental floss LOL
the older and the more yellow the headlight is, the longer you will have to brush
and you might even have to do two applications of toothpaste
another tool you can use is a Dremel with a buffing wheel on it
just buff all of this toothpaste into the headlight
instead of brushing it in only with a toothbrush
this might give you better results, but I am not going to use it because not everyone has a Dremel
I am not going to use it
and if you do use a Dremel, make sure you use the low speed setting (15k rpms or less)
you dont want this to spin fast because you will melt your plastic
I have a spray bottle with some warm water
and just give it a spray
I am using a paper towel to buff this
and just use a lot of pressure to buff it out
get a clean paper towel for the final wipe down
and after you wash it off completely
apply some wax
and this will provide a protective layer so the headlights dont get yellow again quickly.
and it will kep them nice and clear
so now we will take off the wax
and you can see how much more clear the headlights are
and this is with just one coat of toothpaste
if you want to get it even more clear, you can use 2 or more coats
now I am going to show you a before and after
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100 Replies to “Headlight Restoration using Toothpaste”

  1. Bro I just shit the gnarliest shit in history by a longshot and anyone brave enough to step in my bathroom and flush it deserves a medal of valor. Although its not going down in one piece.

  2. Even the clear one isn't clear lol
    Sand with 1000 grit and wipe once with 99% acetone and it will look like new

  3. if anything my headlights look worse like waaaa i thought it was cleaning them mid way through got excited then it dried and looks foggy once again probably fogged from the inside 😢😢

  4. what is it for a wax? any link for amazon or something where I can buy it? Sorry, I just saw it right now in the description. Everything good 🙂

  5. SORRY WASTE OF PROFESSIONAL MILITARY TIME. DID EVERYTHING AS INSTRUCTED. MAN WHEN I PUT WATER IT LOOKED SO LIKE NEW. I WAS BLOWN AWAY. THEN WHEN IT DRIED. BACK TO SQUARE ONE. SPEND A LOT OF TIME. SO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. MIGHT TO GET A PRO TO DO IT. OH DON'T USE WD- 40, BUG RELENTS AND DON'T USE 1000 GRIT SANDPAPER [ WET] . LATER.

  6. Be careful, might scratch your paint. Use a painter's tape and tape around the headlight to prevent scratches.

  7. This is my favorite comment section I've seen in a long time! But on a serious note, how well does this wax hold up in terms of UV protection? I'll need to reapply every time I wash my car, right? Can I buy a more OEM-grade coating for these?

  8. here's another trick. take a lime and put toothpaste on it and scrub the headlights i do this once a month and my lights come out crystal clear

  9. Headlights look tons better, going to try your next level headlight restoration video for a clearer look. And then onto your how to get the inside windshield crystal clear. Thanks for your how to videos!

  10. Great Video!
    I just now did it and it's Perfect!
    I figured when you told that joke I was home free.
    Thanks for hanging this one!
    Cheers!

  11. You buffed away the last remnants of the UV protective coating, headlight restoration kits often do have those coatings included. Otherwise the sun is going to make the lights yellow again in a matter of months

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