Clear headlights are essential for your vehicle mainly for night drivers. Blurred vehicle headlight may diminish our vision during the night, which exposes one to the risk of causing accidents. Additionally, hazy headlights have the aesthetic impact of your vehicle and reduce its value. According to Schmicko, restoring your headlights is a meticulous process due to its glass component similar to your windows. Most often you will need to determine if oxidation has occurred on the interior or the exterior of the headlight as both can determine the reason why your car is not looking as new as it should be.
However, if you wanted to learn about headlight restoration, then you are in the right place. This article will wipe off your worries by taking steps to restore the headlight, whether you are an expert or an amateur. Keep reading!
There are two significant ways of headlight restoration, which are artificial headlight restoration and permanent restoration of headlight.
Artificial headlight restoration entails:
- Mixing tooth paste and baking soda, then clean the headlight using the formed paste.
- Secondly, you can form a solution by blending baking soda, and white vinegar in distilled water then rub the solution on the headlights.
- You can also consider headlight polish as well.
Both methods are efficient and inexpensive, but they will only last for a few months or days. Besides we always recommend specialized automotive products for fixing your car and not home remedies and makeshift items. After all, your car is your pride and joy, you’d want nothing short of the best for it. So, here are some things you will need below.
PERMANENT RESTORATION OF HEADLIGHTS.
This method is effective, accessible, long-lasting, and it won’t take a lot of your time.
NEEDED TOOLS FOR PERMANENT HEADLIGHT RESTORATION.
- A can of UV-resistant clear clot
- the Garbage bags.
- Rubbing alcohol
- A spray bottle of water.
FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES.
- Use a tape around the headlights to prevent any accidental scratch of body paint. Spray water on the surface for lubrication and start sanding. Begin with 400-grit sandpaper, however, if they are too dirty, repeat the process using 600-grit sandpaper.
- After completing rinse the surface with water, and use a paper towel to dry and remove the sanded plastic components. Again scrub the headlight using ultra-fine 200 grit sandpaper, rinse lights after sanding and dry clean the surface with a paper towel.
- On to the paper towel, pour rubbing alcohol and apply it to the light. This step facilitates the removal of the oil residual
- rub the clear coat, and remember to cover the bumper, wings, and the bonnet using garbage bags then apply the solution. Apply four to five layers of the coat with an interval of five minutes between each time.
- wait for the coat stay for a day then take off the tapes and plastic sheets.
- Finally, optionally you may apply wax to the lights. Then use another clean and dry towel to wipe the wax nicely.
Bingo! There you are done restoring your vehicle headlights permanently. As to avoid any future potential dullness and oxidation due to excessive sun exposure, here are some post care tips for maintaining crystal clear headlights.
- Wash your car regularly
- Park your car indoors eg. Garage or car port
- Park less frequently outdoors, if you are planning to park outside, park under same shade. Remember it is the damaging Sun rays that degrade the condition of your headlights.
- Wax your headlights often after each wash. Wax is like applying sunscreen for your headlights, but of course, wax will often last as long as you drive it. Drive often and it will wear off faster. You can apply clear coat on the lens to top up that protective layer.
- Apply a ceramic coating, specifically a glass ceramic coating, which will reduce oxidation on your headlights. This is a common practice for many car lovers as it also adds a sparkling effect to the headlights. Besides we all know that dull yellow headlights can really put a damper on the look of your car.
There you go enjoy clear lights with bright illumination as you drive, safety comes first people, remember that!