headlights

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Brett, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Replacing a bulb in one of my headlights
    and my neighbor walks over to lean on the fender and watch.
    I get the bulb replaced and flip the lights on to make sure I got it right
    and he comments on how yellow the lenses are.
    I never worried about it, 2001 pickup truck with almost 200k miles.
    Yellowed lenses, a few dents, a few rattles don't bother me.
    He wanders off while I put my tools away, then wanders back
    with an old t-shirt and a tube of something. Squeezes goop on the t-shirt
    and rubs it on the lenses of the headlights. In a couple of minutes
    he's removed 10 years of hard earned aging from my headlights.
    Things are almost like new, except for some serious scratches. (fire roads in the woods)

    (me) What the heck did you use?

    (him) Toothpaste, Colgate seems to work purrrrdy good.

    and he's from New York, not even a red neck... :D
     
  2. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    Haha yea, them things clean up pretty easy if you know what your doing. When i used to detail cars i would do that and the owners couldnt be happier. Rele makes a difference at night too..
     

  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    Mine were so bad on my last car I had to wetsand it with 1500 then 2000 before anything would touch them. We used to use colgate to polish jewelry too, and yes I'm from NY too ;).
     
  4. fsae99

    fsae99 I Love microskiff.com!

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    It also makes an excellent lapping compound to float barrels.
     
  5. cal1320

    cal1320 Well-Known Member

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    Also gets fishy smell and gasoline smell off your hands.
     
  6. floridanative1028

    floridanative1028 I Love microskiff.com!

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    one more to add...revives scratched cd's
     
  7. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    Really?! :-? Man i gotta try that
     
  8. floridanative1028

    floridanative1028 I Love microskiff.com!

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    Yeah just make sure you use toothpaste that isn't gritty or you'll just destroy it
     
  9. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    plus it'll give your cd player minty fresh breath... :D


    had to see what google had to say... ;)

    http://www.wisebread.com/two-dozen-uses-for-toothpaste-aside-from-cleaning-your-teeth
     
  10. iMacattack

    iMacattack busy, too busy

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    it will clean up the lights... and fortify them with floride... LOL :D
     
  11. boggob

    boggob Beer me.

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    Youtube has some stuff on using toothpaste for lens restoration. The restoration kits in the stores are $15-$30+. I've never tried it though.