Fixing Cloudy and Hazy Headlights

March 6th, 2013 by
cleaning headlights

Keeping Your Headlights Clean Improves Safety!

A problem that occurs in virtually every vehicle over time is the clouding of the headlights. Drivers will find that this happens to them after a few years because of the dirt and chemicals on the road. However, your hazy headlights aren’t a problem you’re stuck with forever — they can be made clear again using a few different methods. Our Crestview Chrysler Service Department does a lot to empower our customers who are interested in do-it-yourself repairs, so if you’re interested in clearing up your headlights yourself, follow these directions.

Several Different Options for Clearing Up Your Headlights

The different methods for making your headlight lenses clear again vary with the amount of hazing that has occurred. Work your way down this list until you find an option that works for you and your vehicle.

Methods of cleaning that can clear up mild clouding or haziness:

  • Before you go out and buy anything, try using some window cleaner on the lens.
  • Next, a diluted degreaser or plastic lens cleaner might work, whichever you have on hand.
  • Finally, regular toothpaste is mildly abrasive. Rub a small amount over the entire headlight lens with a soft, damp cloth, and then rinse it off. Continue this process again and again, increasing the amount of water you use on the cloth and decreasing the amount of toothpaste, till the headlight lens clears up.

After using any of these methods, if they clear the headlight lens, then finish using a plastic polishing compound. Don’t get any of it on the black rubber surrounding the headlight.

My Headlight is Still Cloudy!

If these methods don’t work, you’ll need to sand your headlight lenses to remove the layer that’s clouding everything up. If you want everything all in one package, you can try using a headlight repair kit that can be found at your local auto parts store.

The Sanding Method

This method generally works best if you already have lots of sandpaper types at your disposal, and is made easier by the use of a rotary sander.

Starting with some wet coarse 600 grit sandpaper, either rub in circles over the entire lens surface or use a rotary sander to do the job. If you use a rotary sander, don’t go overboard, as about 20 seconds on each side should do the trick.

Make sure that the sandpaper and the headlight lens stay wet during this process. Then, after the 600 grit sandpaper, move to a finer grit sandpaper, such as 800 grit, then 1000 grit, 1200 grit, etc., and continue to some very fine 2500 grit sandpaper. Wash the headlight lens surface off with water, and then apply a layer of rubbing compound.

It’s Still Cloudy Even After All That?

That’s okay — we’re here to help. Crestview Chrysler in Regina has a dedicated team of professionals that want to make sure your car is looking and performing its best. Stop by our dealership at 601 Albert Street and meet with the best service team in the area!

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