Do you remember back when you first bought your car? Even if it was brand spanking “used” it was pristine from the bumper to the tailpipe. That includes the headlights. After years of wear and tear, those bright lights that lead you home have dimmed.
When hazy, yellow, and foggy, you’re headlights can prevent you from seeing essential things on the road- an accident, a deer, grandma. So it’s important to restore them to their natural luster.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Open your hood and use masking tape to block off the areas around your headlights to avoid paint damage.
Wash your lights with a microfiber towel to remove heavy debris.
Dry sanding. Grab 1000 grit sandpaper, place on a foam block and rub your lights from side-to-side in a fluid motion. Do not rub in circles or up-and-down. Additionally, do not use water during this process. It’s typical to see a white residue flake off during this process so don’t freak out. You’re all good!
Once you have sanded the headlights, it’s important to wipe down or blow off all of the remaining dust to avoid causing additional scratches.
Damp sanding. Next, use 1500 grit paper on a foam block and spray with water before using it on the light. This time rub the paper in an up-and-down motion to counteract the first sandpaper marks. When finished, clean the headlights entirely as to leave no particles behind.
Final hand-sanding step. Now we need to use 3000 grit sandpaper and once again sand side-to-side to counteract the 1500 grit marks. This process refines your lights, so they are easily restorable with an electric sander.
Polish. After the sanding process, using an electric polishing machine will smooth out all marks. Use a microfiber or wool cutting pad with your favorite compound to buff out remaining scratches. It should only take a few passes, and your vehicles lenses will begin to look clearer.
After applying your compound of choice, quickly polish the plastic with a foam pad and preferred polish to refine the remaining scratches.
To check your work use a detailing light or turn on your headlights to better view the lenses. If you’re satisfied with the results, wipe the headlights down with rubbing alcohol to remove oils and leftover residue to prep your lights for the final, protective coating.
UV protection. This coating should be applied promptly to the lens after the process is complete. This step is vital to avoid getting a hazy or yellowish light cover within a few weeks of the restoration process.
Spray the UV coating four to six inches away from the headlights, and allow to dry for up to five minutes before applying the second coat. After about 15 to 20 minutes you can remove the masking tape surrounding the lights. As much as you would like to show off your ride at this point, please refrain from getting your car wet for up to two hours.
These steps may be time-consuming but are guaranteed to restore your light output by up to 30%
Here at Fine Airport Parking, your safety and the safety of your grandma is important to us, so we believe that taking the extra steps to keep your car running correctly, is essential. Right down to the headlights.