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Can I use normal polishing compound on headlights?

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  1. ElliotB
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    [Apr 15, 2014]
    Basically my question is whether I can use the same polishing compound (i.e. the one that I'm going to use for paint) on headlamps?
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    I would presume so,

    I use a polish and then apply some wax or rain x to them to clean and maintain.

    I do that on mine by hand and iv never had any issues,
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    PS: I'm going to use dual action polisher (for the first time)
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    Yes, just go easy to begin with as plastic is relatively soft compared to paint
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    Use Toothpaste! It's less harsh.
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    Apply a compond or tooth paste and stary your polisher at about 3000 rpm give it a few passes. Remove the remaining priduct and see if your happy if not do the same again buut increast the speed to 4000rpm and keep going till your happy. Thats how I did mine.
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    Autosol apparently is mega good on light lenses.
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    I have just now realised that you're actually not joking regarding using the toothpaste! :) I will try and report back
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    Oh and use the basic white toothpaste, none of this fancy blue minty gel, as that will not have the same effect.
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    I wouldn't use such high speeds as mentioned above as you will melt the plastic if held for too long or too much pressure applied

    For plastic lights I use speeds of less than 300rpm, yes it's possible to use higher speeds, but I'd rather keep them cool and get it right than melt them! If you get 'water like ripples' you getting too hot!

    As for compounds and pads the list is endless just as it is for paint, but yes paint compounds can be used on plastic, just start with the finest you have

    Also consider wet sanding before polishing to smooth things out. Again start fine, work course if needed, finish with fine somewhere above 2000 grit ideally then hit it with the DA and refine :)
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    If that scares the bejayses out of you, there's always this

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    [Apr 18, 2014]
    I've heard of the tooth paste method before. Plastic-X seems to be highly regarded. I've got some to use on on mine and a drill bit polishing pad that I bought from eBay. Haven't tried it yet though.
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