Sun damage, oxidation, and scratches can significantly diminish the clarity of your car's headlights and taillights over time. This deterioration can hinder your nighttime visibility, especially during autumn and winter when driving conditions are often challenging. Fortunately, restoring hazy headlights is a relatively simple process that you can easily do yourself, saving you money on mechanic fees.
Preparation for Headlight Restoration，Gathering Supplies:
- Warm, soapy water
- Clean water
- Soft, dry cloth
- Masking or painter's tape
- Plastic polishing compound sheets (600 grit, 1,000 grit, and 2,000 grit)
- UV-resistant sealant
- Flannel polishing cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towels
Essential Steps Before Sanding:
Clean the Headlights: Improper cleaning can cause impurities to be scraped into the surface during sanding, resulting in a rough, uneven finish with poor adhesion.
- Mask the Area: Avoid accidentally sanding off your car's paint.
- Apply masking or painter's tape around the headlight area before sanding. Two pieces of tape are usually sufficient.
- 600-Grit Sandpaper: Start with the coarsest sandpaper (600 grit) and sand the headlights using straight horizontal lines. Maintain a consistent pattern until the foggy layer is removed.
- 1,000-Grit Wet Sandpaper: Switch to 1,000 grit wet sandpaper. Apply water as a lubricant to prevent overheating and scratches. Use light, even strokes while continuing to lubricate the surface.
- 2,000-Grit Wet Sandpaper: For the final sanding stage, use 2,000 grit wet sandpaper. This step provides an extra smooth finish to the headlights.
Cleaning and Polishing
- Wipe with Alcohol:Remove sanding debris by wiping the surface with alcohol and paper towels.
- Apply Polishing Compound: Use a flannel polishing cloth to rub in your polishing compound in regular motions.
- Apply UV Sealant: Apply a UV sealant to prolong the cleanliness of your headlights.
Alternative Method: Baking Soda
- Clean the Headlights: Clean the headlights with soap and water.
- Create a Baking Soda Paste: Mix baking soda and water until a paste-like consistency is formed.
- Apply Baking Soda Paste: Apply the baking soda solution to the headlight lens using a dry towel, rubbing in a crosshatch pattern.
- Rinse and Repeat: Rinse away the baking soda solution and repeat until the desired level of clarity is achieved.
If your headlights are severely damaged or if they are not just foggy but dimming or flickering, consider replacing them. Novsight offers a wide variety of LED headlight and fog light kits that are easy to install and provide superior lighting performance.
By following these simple steps, you can restore your car's headlights to their former clarity and ensure safe driving conditions, even in challenging environments.