Headlights restoration is a service you will definitely need to use if you don’t have a tint installed to protect this part of your vehicle from debris and UV rays. Without any protection, your headlights will dull and yellow over time. The extent of the damage will depend on how often you use the car, the original quality of the item, and the quality of the roads you travel.
Luckily, this kind of damage can be fixed and your headlight lens restored to its original glory, or a state close to it. Therefore, you won’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to have the headlights replaced. There are several restoration methods you can use:
- Hire a professional car headlight restoration service.
This is definitely the easiest way to solve all your problems. Our shop offers a wide range of restoration services and can deal with any kind of damage from UV radiation and road abuse quickly. Our technicians undergo special training in order to learn how to work with different kinds of lenses, so you can be sure that they will be able to perform the procedure without damaging the lens itself. We offer guarantees to prove it.
- Use a specialized headlights restoration kit.
There are quite a few of them available on the market, so be sure to research and compare your options. It would be best to buy one of the kits designed by renowned brands, like 3M as they are of the highest quality.
- Use some of the acknowledged DIY methods.
If you look online, you will see that there are quite a few DIY headlights lens restoration methods of varied popularity. Search for those that are widely acknowledged as safe and efficient by reviewers. The best options among those are:
- Using toothpaste.
Note that this works for glass lenses ONLY. If you try polish an acrylic or plastic headlight with toothpaste of any kind, you will damage the surface badly.
To restore the headlights with toothpaste, you will need to clean them thoroughly by using water and specialized cleanser. Put a blob of toothpaste on a soft cloth and start rubbing the lens in circles. Continue with adding more toothpaste and eventually wetting the cloth. Gradually increase the amount of water until all the substance has been cleaned off. Rinse, dry, and wash the lens.
- Using sandpaper.
You will need a sheet of fine sandpaper, car cleaning supplies, and a tape to protect the area around the lights.
Clean the headlights thoroughly and cover the surrounding areas with paint to prevent scratches. Take a sheet of sandpaper and wet it in a bucket of soapy water. Start cleaning your lens with the sandpaper carefully. Keep both the paper and surface wet while you sand. Once the lens becomes clear, clean it with a specialized solution and dry with a soft cloth. Finish with applying a layer of wax or silicone sealer.
- Using toothpaste.
Yellowing Headlights Restoration
Headlights start to yellow due to oxidation. You can prevent this by installing a specialized tint that will prevent the damage from UV rays. If the problem already exists, the methods mentioned above will allow you to restore your headlights effectively.
Proper maintenance will ensure that damage like this doesn’t accumulate, so be sure to clean and wax your car on a regular basis.
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