By 8th man
I used Pittman's 360ID. It's safer than sandpaper or polish. It works very well and it's fast. I would recommend it over any of the other cleaning methods.
I used Pittman's One Step to clean mine last year and they still look good. I did not need tools or protective clothing so I'd say it was pretty safe and its liquid, so its safe on the headlight too. Absolutely no abrasive damage.
Meguiars auto polish company makes stuff called plastiX just for this job it takes 4 to 6 applications to buff them out it works. If they are yellow and look sand blasted don't waste your time just replace them.
The safest way is with a deoxidizer. With all other methods you take a chance on damaging the UV layer. Over time the layer takes a beating from the road and the elements, this is normal wear and is barely visible to the naked eye but once you start rubbing on it with an brasive or sandpaper you have damaged it beyond anything normal wear and tear would produce. What you do see in the majority of the cases is a build up of oxidation on the surface. Thats what you want to remove, not your UV layer. That oxidation can be safely removed with a deoxidizer without risking damage to the protective UV layer.
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Whiting* sprinkled on a damp (non-abrasive) cloth should remove the foreign particles and polish at the same time. Not knowing what material your lens are made of, if High-impact Acrylic, it should have UV properties within; if still concerned after cleaning your lens, apply a UV Protectant available from an Auto Wax..
*Whiting is available from your Paint Dept in a good Hardware Store...
Meguiar's "Mirror Glaze 17" can remove hairline scratches from Acrylics & Polycarbonates (as well as from my Casio Watch face :)
I understand there is a product at motorcycle places like Harley's that have a product for the motorbikes that is excellent to clean the headlights. I don't know the name, but I'm sure you can ask and find out.
There is a kit you can buy at the auto parts store to take that off headlamps. Ask at the counter and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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