By Erin Huffstetler | 08/01/2016 | 4 Comments
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If you drive a high-mileage vehicle, your headlights probably aren’t as clear as they used to be. All of that exposure to sunlight is tough on plastic, and over time it causes headlights to become foggy and yellowed. That doesn’t look very nice, and it isn’t very safe either. Foggy headlights don’t give off as much light as they should, and that really hurts your ability to see – and be seen – at night. In fact, Consumer Reports did a study, and found that foggy headlights can cut your visibility by as much as 80%. Yikes!
Fortunately, cleaning your headlights, can remove that foggy haze in a matter of minutes. My husband cleaned the headlights on our Jeep yesterday, and I documented the process, so you could see what was involved. Check it out.
Here’s what our Jeep’s headlights looked like when he started. That’s 14 years of sun damage.
Note: My husband had the grill off the car because he was in the process of replacing our A/C compressor. You don’t have to remove your grill to clean your headlights. We just took advantage of it being off because it made it really easy to polish our round headlights.
He used Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer. I can’t claim any brand preference. He just happened to come across a bottle at a yard sale or estate sale, so that’s what he used.
The bottle recommended starting with 2000 grit sandpaper, if your headlights were really bad, so that’s what he did. He applied a small amount of the cleaner, then worked it into the headlights with the sandpaper, moving in a circular motion.
Here’s how one of the headlights looked after the first application. Not that impressive. But …
He applied a second coat of the cleaner, this time working it in with a soft cloth …
And this is how it looked afterwards. Pretty impressive, eh?
We have a lot of deer around our cabin, so having the extra visibility at night is a big deal. It’s safe to say we’ll be adding this to our yearly maintenance list.