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I have a 2015 Murano SL. We purchased it used in August of 2018. Within the last few months, I've noticed that the top part of the headlights are starting to haze and have small scratch-like areas. Unfortunately, my Murano is not garaged. I'm guessing this is why the headlights are hazy. I've also run it through lots of touchless car washes because the vehicle is black and really shows the dirt/ watermarks. Someone told me the chemicals they use in carwashes could contribute to the haze. I have an appointment to have the headlights restored and sealed in June. Anyone else have a problem with hazy headlights? Any suggestions? I've stopped hitting the car washes as much and opt to rinse the car and use "waterless" cleaner on everything but the headlights. Now, I'm not sure what i should use on the headlights to clean them! Glass cleaner?

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I use white toothpaste/clean rag and spray water. About 1/2 hour of rubbing per light. Looks like new when done. Once or twice a year.
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There are many polish kits out there to do this. The key thing is that it comes back. I believe that if you did the polish, then immediately installed 3M headlight protective film, you would prevent it from hazing again.

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You basically just need to polish the headlights. You can do it with a kit you can buy, or just use sandpaper and work your way down to a finer grit. Then you have to seal it with a clear coat to prevent it from oxidizing agian.


Theres tons of tutorials on youtube on how you can do it, or you can pay a car detailing guy to do it for you.
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There are many polish kits out there to do this. The key thing is that it comes back. I believe that if you did the polish, then immediately installed 3M headlight protective film, you would prevent it from hazing again.
Thank you for the suggestions. I’ve tried Meguiar’s PlastX for hazy headlights, but I may not have used enough elbow grease. Or maybe I need to use a power buffer. I have the 3M headlight film specificly cut for the Murano. I’m just waiting to get the lights cleaned up before applying the film. I’ve watched many videos on You Tube, but haven’t tried the sandpaper or toothpaste method. I did try a Mr. Clean sponge, but didn’t get the results. I’m just surprised that a 2015 already has hazy headlights. Thanks again!

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Thanks for all of the suggestions! I’ve actually tried Meguiar's PlasticX and a few other methods, but maybe I need to use more elbow grease or a buffer. I haven’t tried the toothpaste or sandpaper method. I do have the 3M film ready to go when the lights are cleaned up. I’ve been obsessing about this and watching many videos on “how to” restore headlights for the last few months. I can get both headlights restored and sealed locally for $75. It just might be worth the $75 it to me. ☺️ Thanks again!

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I have been using this method shown to me since my 98 Caravan. Wet sand them using 1500,2000, 2500 grit paper they use in body shops. You need a bucket of water and keep dipping the paper in to clean it. After a few rubs with the 2000 grit you will start to see the difference. You need to remove the old residue or it will not last more then a few weeks. I polished it with McGuires plastix and it lasted about a year. Good luck
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@Phillip Thank you! That makes sense. The Plastix doesn’t seem to be designed to do anything but polish.

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I have been using this method shown to me since my 98 Caravan. Wet sand them using 1500,2000, 2500 grit paper they use in body shops. You need a bucket of water and keep dipping the paper in to clean it. After a few rubs with the 2000 grit you will start to see the difference. You need to remove the old residue or it will not last more then a few weeks. I polished it with McGuires plastix and it lasted about a year. Good luck


Plastix after sanding lasted a year, or just Plastix?
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I've used Plexus Plastic Cleaner Protectant with great results. It kept the headlights perfect for 15 years on my old car, however I treated my car when it was net new. Mind you, I like to wash my car frequently to keep it in pristine condition.
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I have a 2015 Murano SL. We purchased it used in August of 2018. Within the last few months, I've noticed that the top part of the headlights are starting to haze and have small scratch-like areas. Unfortunately, my Murano is not garaged. I'm guessing this is why the headlights are hazy. I've also run it through lots of touchless car washes because the vehicle is black and really shows the dirt/ watermarks. Someone told me the chemicals they use in carwashes could contribute to the haze. I have an appointment to have the headlights restored and sealed in June. Anyone else have a problem with hazy headlights? Any suggestions? I've stopped hitting the car washes as much and opt to rinse the car and use "waterless" cleaner on everything but the headlights. Now, I'm not sure what i should use on the headlights to clean them! Glass cleaner?

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I have had good results with using a good cleaner wax and using a dual action waxer/polisher at the same time when waxing the car to keep them looking like new. You may need to do more often for a car left outside.
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@ZeroChalk: Thank you! I too, am fanatic about keeping my Murano washed and polished! Glad to hear the great results you have had with the Plexus.

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@kwd57 Thank you!

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@AltimaNEO. Thank you!

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