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How to restore headlights

Aging headlights can become faded and cloudy, resulting in poor lighting and dangerous driving situations at night. Need to restore your headlights? Don’t worry - you’ve got this.

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STEP 1

Clean with soap and water and let dry thoroughly

CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER STEP 1 CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER STEP 1

STEP 2

Apply masking tape

Apply masking tape to the area around the headlight to protect the painted or chrome surfaces surrounding it.

APPLY MASKING TAPE AROUND HEADLIGHT STEP 2 APPLY MASKING TAPE AROUND HEADLIGHT STEP 2

STEP 3

Wet sand the headlight

Do so with a coarser sanding disc by hand in a slow and steady back and forth motion. 

WET SAND HEADLIGHT STEP 3 WET SAND HEADLIGHT STEP 3

STEP 4

Wipe the lens

Wipe off the lens with a dry cloth to make sure any yellowing and defects have been removed. The lens should have a white, evenly sanded surface as if it were frosted.

WIPE OFF HEADLIGHT AND CHECK STEP 4 WIPE OFF HEADLIGHT AND CHECK STEP 4

STEP 5

Sand again with a finer grit disc in an up and down motion

SAND AGAIN WITH FINER GRIT DISK STEP 5 SAND AGAIN WITH FINER GRIT DISK STEP 5

STEP 6

Buff the headlight

With a drill attachment, buff the headlight using a liquid compound designed for plastic surfaces.

BUFF HEADLIGHT WITH DRILL AND BUFFER ATTACHMENT STEP 6 BUFF HEADLIGHT WITH DRILL AND BUFFER ATTACHMENT STEP 6

STEP 7

Apply a headlight protectant for lasting clarity

APPLY HEADLIGHT PROTECTANT STEP 7 APPLY HEADLIGHT PROTECTANT STEP 7