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Headlight Restoration

29 Dec

For quite some time now, my lights have not shown very far in front of me. All puns aside, my headlights have become so dim from years of use and lack of cleaning, that I was having difficulty seeing while driving at night. After doing some research on what to do about the problem, two options were given to me: replace the headlights or clean the surfaces of them. Not in the mood to spend a couple of hundred dollars for new lights, I opted to spend $23 and use some elbow grease.

Rarely dissuaded by a challenge, I gave it a go.

There were quite a few recommendations online for products that had a relatively good outcome. I’ve heard stories over the years about this process being totally useless and a waste of time. Not wanting that to happen in my case, I sought out the recommended products. Once in the store, I could not find the brand I was looking for. So, I ended up going with a mid-range priced brand- Meguiar’s. The kit comes with a 4 oz. bottle of cleaner/polish, a drill operated buffing pad, and reusable sanding pads. The option is given to go ahead and just polish and if that doesn’t work, use the sanding pads followed by the polish. Feeling very confident that I needed maximum restoration, I went ahead with the full process. I must say, it was a very easy process and took less than 30 minutes.

The pictures of my process are below. I am very happy with the outcome and can wholeheartedly recommend this product. I can actually see the road while driving at night!

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In the beginning- top half of light covers are very dull.

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Another view from the start. Supervisor, Willie, above.

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Terrible!

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Grit 1 of 4 sanding. Couldn’t believe all of the grime coming off!

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After the first sanding. Noted difference already.

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After second sanding, grit 2 of 4

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After third sanding, grit 3 of 4.

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After the 4th and final sanding and the polishing.

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What a difference!

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