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How To Perform Your Own Headlight Restoration Before Your Next Trip

Sun damage, oxidation and scratches can cause automotive taillights and headlights to lose their clarity over time. Headlamp function can be affected by fogging, yellowing, or cloudiness, especially in poor visibility situations and at night. This is particularly dangerous in the Winter/Autumn seasons. The Headlight Lens Repair Kit includes all the tools you need to do your own headlight restoration at home without having to buy new lenses.

This kit contains:

  • Precision Polishing Pads
  • Spray Lubricant
  • Lens Clarifying Compound
  • Base Coat & Lens Sealing Wipes

Follow our step-by-step guide to clean and restore plastic lenses at home. WHAT CAUSES HEADLIGHTS TO GO CLOUDY/YELLOW?

  • Modern cars are made from polycarbonate plastic to reduce manufacturing costs and increase safety. This is in contrast to traditional glass headlights used up until the early 1990s.
  • The plastic lense experiences wear and tear over time. This causes the sealant film to become more porous.
  • The clarity of your headlights will decrease with continued exposure to UV rays and damage.

HOW-TO CLEAN FOGGY/CLOUDY HEIGHTS

STEP 1: PREPARING HEADLIGHTS

  • Start by washing the taillights and headlights with M.A.X. Power Car Wash and water. After they have dried, take a note of how the headlights look when they are still wet.
  • You can expect restoration to be more successful than the current condition if the lens appears slightly clear after being wet. The Headlight Lens Restorer Kit won’t fix fogging or cracking inside the headlight. This kit will not fix foggy lenses or plastic.

STEP 2 – APPLY CLEARIFYING COMPOUND

  • Once the lens is dry, apply the Lens Clarifying Compound. Use a microfiber towel or soft cloth to apply the compound.
  • Apply the compound to the lens with firm pressure using your fingers for approximately two minutes.
  • Let the compound dry, then buff lightly with a microfiber towel. Once the lens has been cleaned, you can apply the Lens Base Coat.

HOW TO RESTORE HEADLIGHTS WITH HIGH OXIDATION

STEP 1: SPRAY LUBERANT FOR POLICYING

  • Most cases will require additional steps if the lens is not clear after applying Lens Clarifying Compound.
  • Spray the Lubricant onto the green polishing pads and directly onto your lens. Use pressure to rub the lens in a back-and-forth motion until you remove the oxidation. Spray Lubricant should be used on both the lens as well as the polishing pad.
  • Turn the green polishing plate over on the tan side, and rub in opposite directions for approximately 1 minute. Spray Lubricant should be used to lubricate both the lens as well as the tan polishing pads.

STEP 2 – CONTINUE POOLING THE SURFACE

  • Start rubbing the lens in the opposite direction using the teal side of the polishing pad for approximately 1 minute.
  • Turn the second pad to the purple side, and rub for approximately 1 minute in the opposite direction.

STEP 3: DRY YOUR HEADLIGHT LENSE

  • Use a microfiber towel or clean cloth to dry the lens completely.
  • Use the Lens Clarifying Compound to clean the lens. Rub the compound until it becomes crystal clear.
  • Let the compound dry to a haze, then use a clean cotton cloth to buff it.

STEP 4: SEAL THE BASE COAT

  • Now you are ready to apply the Lens Base Coat or Lens Sealing Wipe.
  • Begin by quickly coating both lenses with the Lens Base Coat Wipe.
  • After the lenses have dried, wipe them with the Lens Sealant wipe to prevent any future yellowing. After 24 hours, the coating will set up and the vehicle can still be driven within the frame.

SUMMARY

There are many ways to clean plastic lenses.

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