What You Need to Know About Headlight Restoration

You have likely noticed that your headlights become less effective over time. If that is the case, you are not alone. Cloudy headlights can make driving more dangerous because they aren’t as effective and likely reduce visibility and sight distance at night.

Why Are My Headlights Cloudy?

The reason your headlights aren’t as strong as they once were being because the polycarbonate used to make headlights is very porous and the process of oxidation slowly changes the properties of the lens, which can turn yellow, cloudy or hazy.

Headlight lenses are coated with silicone to protect and preserve the plastic. The main reason these headlights wear down with time is constant exposure to UV rays from the sun (especially in Florida) as well as the heat from the halogen lightbulb and other factors including:

  • Humidity
  • Insects
  • Chemicals
  • Vehicle Exhaust
  • Acid Rain
  • Car Wash Brushes
  • Road Debris
  • And More

Headlight Restoration in Florida

One option for having your headlights restored is purchasing an at home kit, but these are only short-term remedies that will need to be repeated too often to make them worth doing. Some people recommend using toothpaste as a home remedy, but once again this is only a temporary solution.

Professional headlight restoration provides long-lasting results, with several steps being taken to ensure your headlights will be more effective for the long term. Headlights can be sanded down to remove oxidation and professionally polished for optimal clarity and aesthetics. Finally, a coat of UV-resistant sealant will be applied to protect them from the sun. From there, it is recommended you have them waxed regularly with a headlight restoration product to keep them in tip-top shape.

The experienced auto body technicians at Carsmetics are highly trained in headlight restoration. We can help make your old lenses as bright as ever. Find your nearest Carsmetics location today to schedule an appointment.