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My girlfriend's old Astra has headlights that have started to develop foggy patches as shown in below pics.

Not sure if a problem for MOT? But I think I might have a go at tackling them.

Should I get one of those restoration kits, or just a bottle of T-cut & polish cloth?

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they don't look too bad
it only affects the mot if the beam off lights is distorted
but it always looks better once there polished up
id buy some plastic polish rather than paint restorer like t-cut
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Meguiars-PlastRX-Plast-RX-Plastic-Cleaner-And-Polish-G12310-Plastx-Plast-x/251455645154?epid=5023274183&hash=item3a8beca5e2:g:lrMAAOSw3gJZJBv~
or if you want to buy with a sponge rather than just use a polishing cloth you could try this from china
https://pulsar.ebay.co.uk/plsr/clk/0/SADS/9?pld={"mecs":"152945820410d5c5aca007424e2d9a6d7b66f3cdbd09","enc":"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"}
 

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I assume this advice counts for the perspex grille too? Swapping it out soon and would like it to look as good as possible before selling it.

For light hazing, could I just use a yellow/orange pad on my DA to remove it?
 

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Another recommendation for Meguiar's Plast-RX (known as PlastX in some countries) here. If the thought of going near your car with a sanding disk is too much for you, and your headlights aren't too far gone, Plast-RX (with plenty of elbow grease) does a good job of both cleaning and protecting.
 

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Another recommendation for Meguiar's Plast-RX (known as PlastX in some countries) here.


If the thought of going near your car with a sanding disk is too much for you, and your headlights aren't too far gone, Plast-RX (with plenty of elbow grease) does a good job of both cleaning and protecting.
 

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local garage charged me £20 to restore my headlights units massive difference look as new , used a combination of grit 800/1000 and a rotating fine sponge as well as some autoglym cleaning spray

Not bad for the 45mins it took him
 

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Quick question re: restored headlights.

When buying a used car, is there any way for me to see if they have sanded out the UV protection ? If gone, what's the best way to protect them?

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After reading this thread I decided to go the Plast-RX route. I bought a drill polishing pad attachment for a 3" disc and took about 30 mins a side. I focused on 1/3 of the light at a time. Pretty pleased with the results to say how heavily clouded they were!

Drill attachment:

Plast-RX

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Just done mine with the kit from 3M, only £22 off ebay.

Decent result without too much effort.
 
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