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Make Your Flash Shine Again with a Dab of Toothpaste

If you’ve used your flash for quite a while, you may have noticed some yellowish haze where the plastic has oxidized. For flash units that have a smooth surface, here’s a pro tip: you can make it shine again by simply dabbing a little toothpaste onto a cloth and wiping off the haze in a circular motion.

The trick has been used for some time with car headlights that develop the same yellowish haze. This video shows the wonders it can do:

(via DIYPhotography.net via Lifehacker)


Image credits: Toothbrush and Toothpaste by Southside Images, Flash – Ah – Saviour of the universe by Paul Watson


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    Great tip.
    Amazingly enough, toothpaste will also remove water-stains from your wood furniture, so after you’re done cleaning off your flash, you can make your coffee table look brand new as well!

  • Vladislav Kern

    Toothpaste is like duct tape, it can work and be applied on anything from covering nail holes in walls and fixing your scratched CDs to removing zits and now apparently it’s magical properties spread over to photographic equipment.

  • http://twitter.com/kombizz kombizz

    Thank you for this informative video – I am going to use it for my car 4 sure.

  • Mark Wheadon

    Wonderful. My flash is just fine, but I may brush my ’73 Stag’s ‘teeth’ :-)

    Mark

  • Anonymous

    Nice tip!
    And car polish does wonder for your teeth!

  • Tyler Leeds

    I’d be very careful with using toothpaste on optical acrylic… It’s a micro abrasive, but it contains a number of other chemicals and additives that are good for your mouth, but not so great for your flash/ipod screen/headlights.  A much better choice is something like Maguiar’s PlastX which is a dedicated opto-acrylic polish. You can get it at Walmart and a single bottle will probably last you the rest of your life… (Unless you’re polishing a boat or something)

    I’ve successfully polished plastic eye glasses, car headlights and flash surfaces with it in the past… If you browse automotive forums, you’d see that this is really the compound of choice for these applications… The technique in the video is a good one though.

  • Tyler Leeds

    I’d be very careful with using toothpaste on optical acrylic… It’s a micro abrasive, but it contains a number of other chemicals and additives that are good for your mouth, but not so great for your flash/ipod screen/headlights.  A much better choice is something like Maguiar’s PlastX which is a dedicated opto-acrylic polish. You can get it at Walmart and a single bottle will probably last you the rest of your life… (Unless you’re polishing a boat or something)

    I’ve successfully polished plastic eye glasses, car headlights and flash surfaces with it in the past… If you browse automotive forums, you’d see that this is really the compound of choice for these applications… The technique in the video is a good one though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmoyet1 Jorge Moyet

    haha wow nice. Thats my video! cool to see my video is being shown all over the net and not just on youtube!

  • N. Altima

    Dont use it for acrylic headlights.  It may remove the oxidation but it will also scratch the plastic and fill further dull the light.  If it’s glass headlights then toothpaste will work like any glass cleaner but not on acrylic headlights.