Hazy car headlights are not good news. It’s a safety issue as these diminish our vision during nighttime driving, which may lead to accidents. Besides, these also affect the aesthetic of your vehicle and decrease its value. Well, there’s nothing to be worried about. Several ways are there to restore headlights, and these are so easy that even an amateur can pull the tasks off!
Restore Headlights: Temporary Fixes
Who doesn’t know about the toothpaste fix? C’mon! A Google search will pop up scores of pages suggesting to make your headlights clean with a mix of baking soda and toothpaste. It’s a cheap and easy solution that works but won’t last more than a couple of months or even less.
Another solution is to blend baking soda in distilled white vinegar and rub that concoction onto the headlights. It will also properly clean the lights but won’t last more than a few months.
The Permanent Fix for Cleaning Headlights
This DIY project won’t take more than a day. It’s super easy, inexpensive, and is likely to last a few years! You won’t require to remove the lights (though you can if you want to) or do any complicated job.
Tools You Need to Restore Headlights
- A can of UV-resistant clear coat
- Rubbing alcohol
- A spray bottle of water
- Garbage bags or plastic sheets
How to Restore Headlights
This simple DIY project will help you to make your headlights clean in a permanent way.
- Tape around the headlights so that you don’t accidentally scratch the body paint. Now, start the sanding but spray water on the surface to lubricate it. Start with 600-grit sandpaper, but 400-grit would be ideal if the lights are too dirty.
- Sand in a circular motion and keep spraying water with another hand. After that, horizontally use the sandpaper. If you start with the 400-grit, repeat this process with the 600-grit sandpaper.
This video will explain the whole process elaborately.
- When you are done, rinse the surface with water and then dry with a paper towel to get rid of the sanded off plastic components. Your next step is to rub the headlights with a piece of ultra-fine 2000-grit sandpaper. Rewash the lights after the sanding and use a paper towel to dry clean it.
- Now, pour some rubbing alcohol onto the paper towel and rub it on the light. It’s the final cleaning step that will remove any oil residue (which may have been transferred from your hands or other sources).
- Now, the time has come to apply the clear coat. However, don’t forget to cover the bonnet, bumper, and wings with a plastic sheet or garbage bags before spraying the solution. You have to apply three to four layers of coats with five minutes of an interval between each time.
- Let the UV-coat settle for a day before taking off the plastic sheets and tapes. You can leave it as it is or wet sand or a super-fine 3000-grit sandpaper. The process will be similar to the second step mentioned above.
- Finally, you may want to apply some wax to the lights. Scrape some car wax on a microfiber towel and rub it on the surface. You should choose the best RV wax for fiberglass for better efficiency. After that, use another dry, clean towel to wipe nicely.
Congratulations! You have completed the Restore Headlights project. Enjoy the crystal clear lights with bright illumination.