When choosing a restoration kit, look for one that contains several grades of sandpaper, a plastic cleaner/polish, polishing cloths and a protective coating. One kit usually has enough to clean two headlights.
Noble has the following advice when using a DIY headlight restoration kit:
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Don’t improvise.
- Don’t rush through it. Depending on how foggy headlights are, this could take 15-20 minutes per headlight. Remember, you’re rubbing away years of oxidation AND the original protective coating.
- As you sand, run your hands over the wet headlights. If you feel rough spots, sand until smooth.
- Be careful not to scratch the car’s paint while sanding. Some kits recommend taping around the headlights to help. But be careful: The tape itself may lift off the paint on some older cars.
- Keep it wet. Use a spray bottle, a bucket of water or a hose to wet surfaces while sanding.
- Trust the kit. The headlights will look hazy after sanding but they’ll be clear after applying the coating.
- Make sure the headlight is completely dry before applying the protective sealant.
- Allow the sealant to dry for several hours — better yet, overnight — before using the car. You don’t want bugs or dirt sticking to your newly restored headlight.
- Some kits require reapplication of protectant every 1-3 years, depending on weather, temperature extremes and if the car is kept inside a garage or not.
Make sure to exercise caution when using DIY kits; if you’re not too familiar with how to restore headlights, you could run the risk of ruining them completely if you use a kit, according to our experts, Auto Connection Penrose offers headlight styling and restoration services in Auckland.
“If they don’t put the protective film on there, people can restore their headlights but six months later, they’re going to start yellowing again because the original coating from the manufacturer is already wearing off,” he said. “Once you polish them, there’s no more coating, so now you’re back to exposing the headlights to natural elements like rain, snow, the sun, the dirt.”
Go to a professional
Instead of tackling the job yourself, You may take your car to us and we will do the professional cleaning.