How to Restore Headlights to Shine Like New

Over time headlights can get foggy and hazy. It’s not your fault, it’s just how things are. Road and weather conditions mixed with the sunlight and heat can and will cause your headlights to deteriorate, but the hood thing is that there’s a relatively easy fix.

It won’t just increase the resale value of the car, but provide more illumination at night. If you don’t have the money to get them professional restored, or simply want to do the job yourself, here’s a simple tutorial showing you all the products you’re going to need and the step by step instructions how to restore headlights to shine like new.

What you’ll need:

Arm yourself with 400 grit, 600 grit and 2000 grit sandpaper, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, water, clear coat, painter’s tape, garbage bags and some scissors.

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The process of how to restore headlights

Start by taping off the edges of the taillight with painter’s tape just to protect the surrounding paint and trim materials. Once you’re done carefully taping off the edges, you can start sanding with the 400-grit sandpaper, but not before you apply some water to both the headlight lens and the sandpaper with a water bottle. Alternate between circular and horizontal motions until you get most of the rough debris off the lens.

Apply water to the headlight thoroughly throughout the process to minimize the depth of the scratches and keep the clear coat from dripping down the headlight. Do the same with the 600 and 2000-grit sandpaper until you get a lens which looks super clear and feels smooth to the touch.

Once you’re done with that, use a lint-free paper towel to clean the headlight. This will dry the lens extremely quickly, since alcohol evaporates a lot faster than water. Now you can start wrapping the car in the garbage bags to protect it from the clear cote which we’ll be shortly applying. Leave the headlight exposed alone but make sure to tape off the edges with the garbage bag.

Wipe the headlight with rubbing alcohol again and let it dry off for a few minutes. The clear coat can now be applied, but do so in horizontal, thin and even spritzes. You can apply as much as three coats, but you’ll need to wait at least five minutes between each one.

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Let the headlight dry off for a day and finish the entire thing off with some car wax. Voila, you now have a good-as-new looking headlight.

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