I was in a certain auto parts store today, buying oil for my wife’s car, while I was there I noticed a sign advertising headlight restoration service for $39.95. After looking on the shelf for the DIY restoration kits, I found several different brands, ranging from $12.00 to $30.00.
Now don’t get me wrong, I had no intention of buying these products or services, but it’s nice to know just how much money I was getting ready to save. By following these 3 simple steps using a few very common household products, you too can enjoy the look of new headlights on your automobile. The best part is, it will only take about 10-20 minutes, and cost you almost nothing to do.
Step by step
STEP 1: The Household Products You Will Need
- Baking Soda
- Small Bowl
- Vegetable Oil, WD-40 or Plastic Polish
- Small Scouring Pad
- Paper Towels
- Wash Clothe
Mix a small amount of the toothpaste and baking soda together in the bowl, to get a slightly abrasive paste. Next use your scouring pad to gently rub the mixture onto the clear headlight housing until you see the residue being removed.
Next simply dampen your wash clothe and use it to wipe the paste from the headlight housing. Now at this point you should already see a major improvement, but if you still see a lot of cloudiness simply repeat step 2.
OK, so now the lens appears to be clean, but it doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of shine, like a new headlight lens would. That’s where the WD-40 or vegetable oil come in, or for a longer lasting shine use an automotive grade plastic polish. I prefer to use the polish, though it’s not as cheap or as readily as the other alternatives.
All of the products work well but the vegetable oil is usually the easiest to obtain of the three since it’s generally found in every kitchen.Take a few paper towels and slightly wet them down with either one of the oils. Next just simply rub the lenses down with the oil until you achieve a nice glossy shine, and then remove the excess oil with a clean paper towel. I using the plastic polish then just follow the directions on the can or bottle.
There you have it, three simple steps and your headlights have gone from dull and cloudy to bright and shiny. Not all automobile brands are able to be polished, it won’t hurt them to try but in some instances it just doesn’t help.
This process I have shown you also has the added benefit of water beading much like Rain-X type products do for your windshield. I hope this article has been helpful in your search for bright and shiny headlights.
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