Do you have dull, yellowed and cloudy headlights? Without proper maintenance the suns UV rays degrade and discolor plastic lenses. Dull lenses are a safety issue and can make a car look old and neglected. The last set of headlights I restored my client said before they were restored they could not tell when the headlights were on! Now that is dangerous.
I am going to share with you my go to headlight restoration kit for restoring headlights. Stop being fooled by these infomercials saying you can just wipe there product on and have a clear brand new looking headlight it's not going to happen. I have seen people use toothpaste and a rag. This approach may work for very light oxidized lights because of the fine abrasives in toothpaste but will still leave a haze and takes a lot of elbow grease. Use the right tools for the job! If you want to do it right pick up a 3M headlight restoration kit from your local parts store. This will have what you need to get like new results.
This kit gives you everything you need to restore your headlights with a drill! Kit includes:
3M backing plate
4 P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 P500 grit yellow discs
P3000 Trizact™ foam disc
Orange foam compounding pad
1 oz. 3M Headlight Lens Polish Sample
Although this kit is great having your headlights done by a professional detailer will yield better results. Depending on how badly damaged the headlights are there may be extra sanding steps and the use of other tools such as a direct drive polisher or a Dual action polisher. When I correct headlights for customers I take it to the next level by using a combination of machine and hand sanding to make sure they are absolutely perfect before compounding. If you notice the kit above is only supplied with a compound and a cutting pad. To further refine the clarity of the headlights they need to be polished with a light cutting polish and a finishing pad. After I have corrected the headlights to like new condition I then apply a permanent resin based coating designed to protect headlights against yellowing, fading and discoloration for the life of the vehicle. Before you go out and spend hundreds on new headlights try the 3m headlight restoration kit or contact me to restore and protect them permanently!
Russell Benz is the owner of Devine Shine Auto Detail LLC located in Crossroads/Little Elm Texas. He is a IDA certified detailer and installer for CS-II coatings.