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Best Way to Clean Headlights

Are your headlights getting that yellow, foggy haze? Fogged headlight lenses not only make your car look worn out but also restrict the amount of light illuminating the road in front of you. As time passes, the headlight plastic scrapes and fades. Save money over expensive replacements, fix them yourself, it's quick, simple and easy best of all anyone can do it without special training or tools.

headlightWe will use the same kit as we used to buff out paint marks from the clear coat.

The car is clean and dry. First, we apply a masking tape to the edges, so when we sand , we won't touch the painted panels.

The next step is to carefully wet-sand the headlight plastic surface with a very fine sandpaper. In this case we used a 3000-grit 3M waterproof sandpaper. Sand with water, as the water dries, spray more water. When it's wet, the sandpaper lasts longer without clogging up.

Now the plastic looks more clear when wet, but we need to fine-polish it. It's time to use a fine polishing compound.

Buff using circular motion. It takes a few minutes of good buffing to bring back the shine.

The headlight repair is complete and you should now have clean headlights that look as good as new and restored optical clarity for safe night driving.

James Blanchard

James Blanchard writes for which provides an inexpensive instant car history reports for second-hand cars in the United States. VinAudit is an authorized consumer access service provider for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System(NMVTIS).