Today, most cars and trucks are manufactured with headlamp assemblies. They tend to use quartz-halogen bulbs, which are plugged into the large plastic reflector. The outer surface of those headlamp modules is to be molded polycarbonate plastic. Actually, it is much lighter and more resistant than glass. However, in a few years of exposure to atmospheric chemicals and sunlight, polycarbonate gets hazy. Consequently, severely neglected lenses may develop fine cracks, or craze, which makes their further fixing problematic and expensive. Luckily, the progress has presented a simpler and cheaper solution. You can polish polycarbonate plastic to the smoothest surface, due to a half-hour procedures if you know how to clean headlights properly.
The Procedure of Cleaning Your Vehicle Headlights
- Wash your car thoroughly, in order to remove any surface dirt.
- Wax it within 1-2 ft of the headlamps, as drips and droplets of abrasive polishing compound will not adhere to a freshly waxed surface.
- Buy some painter’s masking tape that peels off easily. Then mask the area around headlamps, which are to be polished.
- Use a prepackaged kit, which is intended specifically for this task. In addition, buy both polishing compound and sandpaper. If you are going to do only 1 pair of headlights, then it will be cheaper to purchase the kit, but not sandpaper.
- Start the repair with a flannel/microfiber cloth and polishing compound, doing a circular motion. It takes about 10 minutes to rub per lens. Do not polish off the nearby paint. Simply keep polishing with compound till the lens is shiny.
- Now, clean up all bits and pieces of abrasive polishing compound. After that, wax the lens with some paste car wax. This is the last step to keep dirt, acid rain and road salt from attacking your automobile plastic, at least for a while.
How to Eliminate Pits, Discoloration & Scratches
Soak a sheet of 1000-1500-grit, wet/dry sandpaper for 10 minutes in cold water. Cover the whole lens surface, sanding it back and forth in 1 direction. Sand till pits, discoloration and scratches are completely gone. Keep the paper wet, covering the entire surface. Clean to remove all abrasive powder. Dry the surface with a towel and check the area. You need to repeat the procedure to the last sanding, with 2000-3000-grit wet/dry sheets.
Top Product In How to Clean Headlights Naturally, Fast & Easy
There are many products one can buy to do this cleaning. But for those ‘cheap and lazy’, there is another way. Using toothpaste is №1 method in the world, being super easy and quick to do. Most people are doing the same thing here and there, which means it really works. So, you may get a rag or two and some cheap toothpaste. This will be your abrasive. You may also use a buffer, in order to get better and faster results. They say, 13-year-old cars with never cleaned headlights show amazing results. All you need to do is apply the toothpaste and vigorously rubbing the toothpaste over the surface. Then, you should wipe off this toothpaste with some clean rag. Actually, you are sanding away the haziness of headlights.
Top ‘Green’ Cleaning Tip
There is a variety of chemical solutions for cleaning headlights, but they are expensive, toxic and far away, that is in the store. Here is the ‘homemade’ method of making your headlights look new again, using the things at hand. Well, you’ll need a bucket of water, 2 rags, 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup and some dish/castile soap. Squirt the soap and swirl it around in the bucket. Scrub your headlights with this soapy rag. Dry each headlight with another rag. Make a paste from baking soda and water. Buff in a circular motion, scrubbing the mixture into the plastic. Splash water on the headlights, and then start again. They say, it is cheap, effective and without any toxic chemicals.
So, what are your special tips how to clean headlights?