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How to Restore Headlights

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Foggy headlights aren’t just an eyesore, they also dim the brightness of your headlamps and minimize visibility while driving in dark conditions. You don’t have to replace your headlights to enjoy clear, radiant illumination once again. Discover how to get rid of the hazy film on your headlights with a few items you probably have lying around your house.

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Sandpaper method

For starters, dip a clean rag or soft cloth in soapy water and gently scrub the outside of the vehicles’ headlights. Next, dry the headlights with a clean cloth or towel. Procure a piece of 800-grit sandpaper. Sand each headlight in circular motions, followed by a horizontal stroke. Make sure to press down lightly, to avoid scratching the exterior. Next, use a finer sandpaper (1600-grit or more) to buff the headlights in the opposite direction. Lastly, wipe the headlights with rubbing alcohol to speed up the drying process.

Toothpaste method

After washing the headlights with soap and water, dab toothpaste on a clean towel or rag. Wipe the toothpaste onto the headlights, using a circular motion. Rinse the headlights with water, then dry them with a clean rag or towel.

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Headlight restoration kit

If you prefer to ditch the mess of sandpaper and toothpaste, consider purchasing a headlight restoration kit. You can find this item at your local auto store, or via Amazon. This kit from Sylvania includes gloves, surface activator, clarifying compound, a UV block clear coat solution and some other tools.

With a little time and some elbow grease, you can easily improve the brightness of your vehicle’s headlights without buying brand new headlights. For more simple maintenance strategies, check out this article.

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