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      I have tried this 3 ways. I do not have pictures though.
      I tried the turtle wax kit once. IMO it was junk. 3 pads (too small, BTW) of various grits of sandpaper, a bottle of polish and a bottle of some kinda sealer that did not work. It made them clear, yeah. It took lots of elbow grease and yellowed again shortly.

      2nd, I do this one a lot. Cuz it's quick. I simply cobbled a cloth buffing wheel that I normally use in my bench grinder to polish knives and things, and put it into a electric angle grinder, and used the polish I normally use with it. Note that is not the exact wheel, grinders, or compound, well it might be... anyway you get the idea. It takes like 2min and does "good enough". Yellows again in a month or two.

      3rd is an on going experiment. I purchased the assortment pack of wet or dry sand paper that wal-mart caries by the touch up paint. I wet sanded them starting with coarsest to finest (1000-2500 I think), then did the above cloth buffing wheel in angle grinder thing, then I sprayed 'em with one of the more expensive rattle can clears that wal-mart carries, then polished again. I think this one has been 3 months now but I honestly haven't looked at them recently.
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      2004 Solara SLE Convertible, 3.3 V6
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      As a side note, you can get much better results as far as refurbishing the headlight lenses if you are able to take them off and use a buffer with a mild cutting or polishing compound intended for soft metals and/or plastics. If you're really careful, and mask off the body with a sufficiently wide swath of masking tape, you could use a cordless drill with a buffing wheel attached. For example: 4 in. Buffing Wheel with 1/4 In Shank

      Harbor Freight has a blue compound that could work: 1/4 Lb. Blue Polishing Compound

      After getting them back to a clear and glossy surface, use a UV-blocking agent to prevent yellowing and one of the new-fangled ceramic coatings to help prevent scratching (and reapply it every once in a while).

      I've got a jeweler's compound called KrystalClear that's meant for plastic watch crystals, but it's far too expensive to be practical for doing plastic headlamp lenses.
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