Twelve years and 135 thousand miles of road sand have taken their toll on the headlights on the Jetta.
They were quite yellowed and opaque, and were noticeably dim at night.
So I gathered enough bits for a quick restoration job. Wet dry sand paper in 400, 800, 1000 and 2000 grit. Rubbing compound and Meguiar's Mirror Glaze plastic cleaner.
Mask off the paint so as not to scuff it and go to it, starting with the 400 grit sand paper and work my way up through 2000 grit. After about 30 minutes of wet sanding and some rubbing compound I get this far.
Then finally hit it with the Meguiar's Mirror Glaze cleaner and its as good as new.
That was such a success I figured I'd try it on the tuck as well.
Much harder going with the smaller light and having to work around the alignment nubs. Seems someone along the way has done a re-coating /restoring of these and my elbow grease was far less successful. Though I did manage to remove some of the yellow oxidized haze.