How to Get Rid of Faded Headlights
Headlights are very important to all automobiles. They are necessary for a clearer vision during night time or whenever it is dark. There are even rules that you headlights should be turned when necessary to avoid any unwanted accidents. So whether it is busted headlights or just foggy ones, you have to take care of it as soon as possible. The road, especially at night time is the peak time for accidents so you better not contribute to the growing statistics of night time accidents.
Way back in 1980’s, the headlights were made up of plastic. This is because they are much more flexible and can withstand sudden impacts. However, it has been a problem that plastic headlights have a tendency to dull in time. This is a huge problem as it can affect your ability to see clearly especially at night even with your headlights turned on. Nowadays, headlight lenses are made up of glass however it’s not widely used today as it is a menace when it comes to sudden bumps and impacts.
The first thing that you have to do is to moisten the entire headlight surface with water using a spray bottle. Make sure that you have the entire surface covered. Using a 100 grit wet/dry sandpaper, sand the entire faded headlights in a circular motion while continuously spraying the surface with water. After that, use a 1000-grit wet/dry sandpaper and continue to sand the entire surface in a circular motion. Don’t forget to keep the surface wet by continuously spraying water. After the headlight has been sandpapered and is now smooth, finish up with 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Again, maintain a circular motion while spraying water continuously. With a chamois, dry the entire headlight surface thoroughly.
For polishing, use a micro fiber cloth and a polishing compound. Again don’t forget to still maintain a circular motion when doing this. Wipe off the haze with a soft and clean cloth at regular intervals—concentrating more on the areas that has more hazes. For best results, finish the polishing by giving the headlight coat of wax using a micro polishing cloth. When it has dried off, buff it all out with a soft and clean cloth.
Just apply enough your preferred plastic polish on a waxing pad and begin to ‘buff’ the entire surface of the headlights. Remember to maintain a circular motion. This is as simple as very similar when waxing your car. If you have an orbital buffer on hand, you can use that instead. The trick here is to continuously do this until you see the results that you want. The more you polish it, the clearer the headlights will become until it reaches its maximum clarity. For your comfort, you can take the headlights out and do this while watching your favourite show. After that, you will see that it will fog up your lights. So what you can do is to use a clean pad and polish the lights and remove the blurry film. You can use a sponge afterwards just to make sure that everything is settled.