Restore Neglected Headlights to BETTER THAN NEW Condition

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  • Published on:  Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Hazed and sun-faded headlights are not only unsafe, but they look atrocious. They can make any car that is in good condition, look neglected and abused.

    The reason why headlights with polycarbonate (a.k.a. plastic) lenses begin to look cloudy and faded is because the UV resistant coating on the lens has seen some wear and tear due to the constant abuse from road grime, bugs, rocks, dirt, snow, salt, etc. When the UV resistant coating begins to pit, it will expose the bare polycarbonate lens. When that is done, the constant UV rays from the sun will oxidize the composition of the plastic and create the faded, cloudy lens. To repair this problem, sanding the entire headlight is a must so that the failing UV coating that was applied when the headlight was made, is completely removed. You will then need to remove the scratches and the haze from the lens by polishing and restoring it to new condition.

    At that point, the headlight will look crystal clear and will be able to allow light through the lens instead of being distorted from the haze. If it is left like that, it will begin to haze again in a matter of no time, especially if you live in an environment where your car will see alot of sun. The best way to prevent the oxidation is from a Paint Protection Film. Since it is a UV resistant film, the sun’s UV rays won’t be able to deteriorate the lens. Not only does the PPF absorb small impacts like rock chips and debris (so the UV coating will not be compromised), but it will be able to be replaced quite easily. I also find that removing the headlights / masking the entire car, is a pain in the butt so that we can paint a layer of clear coat over the lens, which will eventually fade due to the same pitting problem we have with the headlight being at the front of the car.

    The exact 3M film I showed in this video can be purchased here (https://goo.gl/FTzN5P). It is also available in many different sizes. You can purchase the roll to do a custom piece like your headlight, and you can also purchase pre-cut kits for your car by following this link here (https://goo.gl/psw29p).


    If you’re interested to see what other products I used in this video, all of the links can be found below (in order of appearance):

    3M Automotive Masking Tape ▶︎ https://goo.gl/UriCBW
    Foam Sanding Block ▶︎ https://goo.gl/sQmUtS
    1500 Grit Trizact Sand Paper ▶︎ https://goo.gl/mv9sFL
    3M Headlight Restoration Kit ▶︎ https://amzn.to/2LGrXvT
    Cordless Drill ▶︎ https://goo.gl/uv8Wta
    Corded Drill ▶︎ https://goo.gl/e32DuQ
    3000 Grit Sanding Discs ▶︎ https://goo.gl/7BWLBt
    Meguiars M105 Cutting Compound ▶︎ https://goo.gl/U2JwQH
    3 inch Cutting Pad (3-Pack) ▶︎ https://goo.gl/mk7Rse
    Meguiars M205 Polishing Compound ▶︎ https://goo.gl/mpKygy
    3 inch Polishing Pad (3-Pack) ▶︎ https://goo.gl/tUv6YQ
    Premium Microfiber Towels ▶︎ https://goo.gl/YntJM8
    Isopropyl Alcohol ▶︎ https://goo.gl/ASt3Np
    Original Scent Dish Soap ▶︎ https://goo.gl/wr7R2D
    3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film ▶︎ https://goo.gl/xLPTK3
    Olfa 9mm Utility Blade ▶︎ https://goo.gl/wQTuzu


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  • Tipjar333

    Tipjar333

     yesterday

    Well done tutorial! Thanks for the materials links.

  • mariner1946

    mariner1946

     yesterday

    Well done milanmastracci a video well done and understood.

  • Chris Gowers

    Chris Gowers

     yesterday

    Lol

  • Chris Gowers

    Chris Gowers

     yesterday

    Hmm...this should work on my Air Max 720 air soles.

  • Jeff White

    Jeff White

     2 days ago +1

    Now thats the CORRECT way to clean up headlamp assemblies.

  • charles denton

    charles denton

     3 days ago

    cool stuff

  • Ricky Reid

    Ricky Reid

     3 days ago

    Good video

  • jimmy miller

    jimmy miller

     4 days ago

    Best video on YouTube More Expensive way of doing it but it's worth it on the upper scale cars just like this audi others cars worth just to go cheaper route or replace for around $50 like the honda from certifit

  • Ben Chua

    Ben Chua

     7 days ago

    Awesome commentary, awesome video, awesome demo.

  • Hoghaw

    Hoghaw

     7 days ago

    Regardless of the Naysayers who’ve posted negative comments, out of the many YouTube videos on this particular subject, this guy’s video is head and shoulders above the rest. As someone has already mentioned, he takes the time to carefully explain what he’s about to do, as well as why he’s doing each step, AND clearly describes and identifies each product he’s using.

    The headlight lenses on my 2007 GMC Sierra VortecMax are embarrassingly yellowed! I mainly use it as my hunting truck, and hadn’t really noticed how dim the headlights actually were, until a friend asked me if I knew one of my headlights wasn’t working. I changed the bulb, thinking that my headlights were going to be bright again. I know, that wasn’t very bright on my part. (Pun intended!)

    I plan to purchase all the materials he suggested, and try to restore the lenses on my pickup. The batteries on my DeWalt drill died years ago, but I imagine my Bosch drill will do an adequate job. (Just a joke here folks. I doubt DeWalt has given him a Lifetime Supply of DeWalt products for using their drill in his video. If I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to announce to one and all that my Bosch cordless drill does an even more amazing job than the DeWalt if they’ll send me a lifetime supply of Bosch products!☺️)

    If anyone reading my comments has used this guy’s headlight lens restoration methods, I’d appreciate your comments as to how well they worked for you.

  • Jeff Fae Scotland

    Jeff Fae Scotland

     7 days ago

    Number zero steel wool is better you get no scratches then finish of

    with a wax.

  • Patrick Scahill 2

    Patrick Scahill 2

     7 days ago

    It's UV damage, not oxidation.

  • Hammer

    Hammer

     7 days ago

    Great video can you slow down the trimming of the cover lens film.

  • Jorge Moreno

    Jorge Moreno

     7 days ago

    Great video,

  • Sticksbass

    Sticksbass

     7 days ago

    so you leave the soapy water on and add the alcohol to make it stick?

  • Pablo Jimenez

    Pablo Jimenez

     7 days ago

    Great video, no bullshit, others are just bull

  • Lolita De Guzman

    Lolita De Guzman

     14 days ago

    Awesome! My only challenges is i dont have power tools.

  • Jason McDonald

    Jason McDonald

     14 days ago

    Very good video. That's what people don't get, just using a spray lik WD-40 it only works for a week you have too wet sand your head lights that is the best way!

    Also like the clear film you used never seen that before very good idea thanks

  • Anthony R

    Anthony R

     14 days ago

    Thanks and well done!!

  • Jerry J

    Jerry J

     21 days ago

    Excellent video. This is what makes the internet so useful Access to information and knowledge. Albeit the sources need to be vetted but all the same much better than the good old days when everything was in Latin and only a handful could interpret it. Or even some crackpots needing to believe you have some cognitive deficits and just cant put the dots together. LOL. Keep up the good work, this is info as it should be.