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How To Restore Car Headlights

How To Restore Car Headlights

Your headlights are the most crucial safety feature on your car.


They’re also one of the first things people notice about you when they turn into your driveway or pull up next to you at a stoplight.


If you have dull, yellowed headlights, there’s no need to panic – it’s not too late for them to be restored to their original shine!

Read on for some simple steps for restoring your car headlights.


Remove the headlights from your car.


To remove the headlights from your car, you’ll need:


– Flathead screwdriver


– Phillips head screwdriver


– Gloves (optional)


To begin, open up your hood and locate the engine compartment. Underneath the engine, there should be a battery with cables attached to it.


Unplug the battery and set it out of your way.


Next, take out all of the bolts holding down your plastic piece that houses the headlights to your car.


Usually, this is held in place by four or five screws around where they join together but varies depending on what kind of vehicle you have.


Keep the other parts nearby because you are going to need them later when putting everything back together!


Once these pieces are loose enough, you should be able to separate them.


You will find your headlights inside of the plastic piece you took off of the car earlier.


Remove these by unclipping the wire harness or simply pulling on them with enough force until they come loose.


These steps may vary depending on what kind of vehicle you have, so always consult a professional if there are any doubts within this How To Restore Car Headlights article.


Clean the headlight surface with a damp cloth and mild soap


Wipe dirt and grime off the headlight’s surface.


Once you have cleaned the headlight, dry it with a clean cloth.


You can then apply car wax or rubbing compound to the headlight if desired. 


Let the application set for one minute before wiping it off. 


Again, the TSP may help in removing scratches from your headlights.


You can buy a TSP cleaner at many hardware stores, including Lowes and Home Depot, for around five dollars a container.


If you want to use a power drill to remove scratches, do not hold it too close to the surface of your car. You could damage its plastic lens cover.


It would be best to use either handheld or low speed when doing this.

When applying the compound, ensure that you are using a liberal amount.


It will help in spreading it around evenly while also preventing adding too much pressure to the headlight.


When cleaning your headlights, be sure not to use other household cleaners or detergents, as certain chemicals can corrode or damage them.


Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab or soft, lint-free cloth


If you are suffering from moisture build-up on your headlights, it may be time to try restoring them. How can you do this safely?


Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton swab or soft, lint-free cloth and begin wiping the headlight with it.


Gently rub in circular motions until the entire headlight is clean.


It will remove any dirt accumulated on the surface without having to resort to sanding, which could potentially harm your car’s paint job.


Once you have polished away all of the grime, you should see noticeable results in how bright your headlights are again. 


However, if they still need more help, continue reading towards discovering more tips on restoring cloudy overcast headlights!


Polish the headlights by applying automotive polish in an even coat 


Automotive polish is a compound designed to remove fine scratches and oxidation left on the plastic of your headlights from regular wear and tear. It can be purchased at most auto parts stores for less than $40.00 and is easy to apply.


How you choose to do it isn’t essential.


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 Just remember that more layers mean each layer fills in the tiny imperfections with a little more smoothness.


You’ll probably want to use some masking tape or painters’ tape around the headlight assembly.


It will help avoid scratching against anything else on your car when making contact with the sandpaper.


Take about an inch square (or whatever size is comfortable) and make slow circles over your headlights. 


After most of the gloss is gone, stop sanding and set the piece of sandpaper aside.


How much you need to use will depend on how dull your headlights are. If they’re not too bad, then 1-2 sheets should be enough.


If they’re very foggy or clouded over then, it might take more.


Your main objective is to make sure that the light on your car can be seen while you are driving. That way, it will not make it hard for you to see the road.


Wipe off excess polish with a dry paper towel, then buff for shine until no streaks remain on the headlight surface.


Once you’ve given them a good clean or decided to get new ones, the next step is to polish off any scuffs and scratches.


While this can seem like an intimidating process, it’s relatively simple with the right tools and products on hand, so don’t be discouraged!


The first thing you’ll need is some form of polishing compound.


 There are dozens of these available at your local hardware store, ranging in price from $5 for a small tub of Turtle Wax car polish up to $20-30 for 3M plastic headlight restoration kit (~$10-$15 per bulb), which we recommend using if you have the money.


Headlights are an important part of your car, not just for visibility but also to provide a sense of safety.


There is no need to panic if you have cloudy or yellowed headlights that don’t work well anymore!


There are many ways you can restore them to their original condition and get the clear light again.


One way is by using Renewcar-NZ products, which will clean up your headlight lenses with just one application.


Visit our site at renewcar.co.nz if this sounds like something you might be interested in exploring further!


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