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Shiny headlights – no surgery needed

Written by maryp posted on Friday, October 12th, 2007

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You may have noticed that after some years, the lenses on your headlights are dull. In some cases, they are tinged brown, yellow or just cloudy. This is usually the result of the plastic getting pitted by road debris, subsequently holding more dirt. Of course, sun damage can be another factor in the deterioration of the plastic lens.

In the older vehicles the lenses of your headlights were separate, (remember when they were glass). But for many years now, the headlight unit is a complete modular component. Since, most of us do not want to replace a perfectly good headlight when those lenses get cloudy, a cost effective process of polishing the plastic could give you good results.

There are several products that are available to polish and “renew” the plastic lenses. You need to be prepared to use some pressure, (aka “elbow grease”), or even a mini-buffer pad. We use a 2 step process, (cleaning and protecting). Remember, to always follow the instructions on the containers and wear protective gloves and goggles if recommended.

The polishing products I am referring to are sold under various brands. Meguiars makes a polish and finisher, (sealer). However, there are other car care product companies that sell plastic polishers.

Now, if you do not want to do this yourself, check with a reputable detailer or your favorite specialty shop to see if this particular service is offered. There is usually a substantial improvement and it’s much less than the thousands of dollars that could be spent replacing the entire headlight units!

Obviously, you do not want anything to reduce visibility or lessen the effectiveness of your headlights. I can see clearly now!

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