How to Restore You Car's Headlights

Published February 13, 2020

Rumble / Do It YourselfHeadlight restoration is one aspect of vehicle maintenance that can easily be DIY-ed. If you’re looking to save money on maintenance by taking care of things yourself, headlight restoration is a great place to start.

In this article, we’ll give you everything you need to DIY your headlight restoration, such as providing the best headlight restoration kits and breaking down the multi-step process of clearing up yellowing headlight lenses and other common issues.

How to Restore Headlights
Restoring your headlight isn’t as arduous a process as it sounds. If you prep correctly and give yourself enough time, there’s nothing hard about it! The first thing you’ll want to do before you start restoring is give the headlights a thorough cleaning. After that, put painters or masking tape on the metal surrounding the headlight to prevent the restoration solutions from damaging your paint.

From here, various kits will have different instructions. The most heavy-duty headlight restoration kits will require sanding down the headlight using wet sandpaper. This clears away the sun-damaged, oxidized layer of the headlight. Other kits are primarily chemical focused, in which case you’ll have to use less elbow grease. Chemical formulas tend to last a bit less time before a new restoration or coating is needed.

Once you’ve wet sanded, you’ll apply your buffing or polishing solution to the headlight to finish off the process of deoxidizing your headlight, which will clear up any lingering discoloration. Microfiber towels or buffing machines work best.

Now, just apply your clear coat and remove the tape. Congratulations, you’re officially a headlight restorer! Enjoy those clear headlights!

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