3 Minute Headlight Restoration

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 21, 2016
  • Headlight Restoration Quick Easy Cheap You may even have the materials in your garage right now.
    This is how I can restore a headlight's clarity in less than 3 minutes. This lasts as long as a year or more.
    The materials used are as follows:
    *Paper towels (the blue shop paper towels work best but I use what I have)
    *Dish Washing Soap (aka blue juice (don't drink it), Window cleaners with ammonia are not recommended, this is a change based on lessons learned https://youtu.be/o3FxpAxRiYk)
    *0000 Steel Wool (this is to scrub the debris off the headlight lens)
    *Acetone (aka nail polish remover, it has to be pure acetone)

    For more tips and tricks see the rest of the videos in this series:

    Yes the video is over 6 minutes long, watch the second half to see why and how it works.
    I have used almost all of the known techniques to restore headlights lenses, all of them have good points and all of them have real problems. I have used this method for many years on many different cars, trucks and our motorhome, it is the fastest, least expensive, and most effective method I have used.

    Note: If you choose to try this, when using the acetone, wipe in one direction only and do not rub or scrub the acetone into the lens as this will cause damage to the lens. This process can be used again on the same part only after the plastic has completely solidified again, about 1 hour.

    I have a background in plastics fabrication, and acetone is one of the chemicals that is used to polish the edge of cut plastic such as polycarbonate.

    #HowWeDoIt #Acetone #headlightrestoration #headlight
  • Source: https://youtu.be/z2ZRKPshPVM


  • Stu Slaymaker

    Stu Slaymaker

     a years ago +155

    Works well! It lasted about a year, and I'm just about to do it again. Using dollar store acetone, and still have steel wool left over from last time. Follow the steps carefully, and you will be pleased with the results!

  • richardwernst


     4 hours ago

    Terrific, thanks. Sure beats the alternatives! Not sure why fine sandpaper (1600, 2000?) wouldn't work as well to smooth it out before the acetone though.

  • Daryl Griffin

    Daryl Griffin

     2 days ago

    2 Questions: What is "4 ought" steel wool; is that a 4000 rated steel wool? Also what grit sandpaper does one use?

  • Ed R

    Ed R

     3 days ago

    where can i buy a headlights made of glass ?

  • linda owens

    linda owens

     4 days ago

    WD40 is the Best

  • Andy Webber

    Andy Webber

     4 days ago

    Hi, have tried this to day on my Mitsubishi l200. Headlights was yellow. Worked very well, but each time I pass the cloth with nail varnish over the light I keep getting streaks, and think the streaks are coming from my fingers throw the paper towel. I am using 2000 grit wet/dry. All uv protection as been clean off. So playing with just the plastic. It's the streaks I can't perfect the wipe.

  • John Lake

    John Lake

     5 days ago

    I think I'll try this on my boat windows. Thanks.

  • L W

    L W

     5 days ago


  • Jeff Gordon

    Jeff Gordon

     5 days ago

    Doesn't work so well if the lens has a coat of clear paint. You have to sand that off.

  • kelly girl

    kelly girl

     5 days ago

    Im going to try this TODAY. I wonder if an SOS pad can be used as steel wool.

  • Dave Hansen

    Dave Hansen

     6 days ago

    But, the automaker replaced glass with plastic.

  • ffas23


     7 days ago

    Does anyone know if using a piece of 3M Scotchbrite will work as well as Steel Wool. I only ask because I have a box of Scotchbrite the Burgandy colored one on hand and would have to go out and purchase the Steel Wool. I do have Acetone and of course plenty of blue glass cleaner.

  • Steve Ellis

    Steve Ellis

     7 days ago +2

    At first i thought, here we go, it's some old fool giving useless info, BUT WAIT !!..this man knows what he's talking about. i tried it and it worked, certainly beats many of the other solutions. Thanks for your Vid.

  • Jason L

    Jason L

     7 days ago

    Thanks for the video. It should be emphasized that getting that layer of grime completely off before applying acetone is essential, and some people may find it difficult to remove it with steel wool (like me!) or know when it is completely off (it felt smooth after steel wool and windex, but after I applied acetone it started to dissolve the grime layer I missed and clouded up). I ended up buying the 3M headlight kit and I was able to fix my error. FYI, the 3M kit works pretty well; just be patient and realize that you can repeat the process if you have to (they give you enough supplies in the kit to do each headlight at least twice) and that it doesn't need to be perfect the first time.

  • Javier Mcdowell

    Javier Mcdowell

     7 days ago

    I guess I could use lacquer thinners instead of acetone? Or any thinners at all in fact? They'd all dissolve headlight plastic? I don't have acetone but I've got heaps of thinners...

  • jojoatv


     7 days ago

    thanks and Godbless you for this.. ;)

  • dougjstl1


     7 days ago

    i like the tiki torch

  • dougjstl1


     7 days ago

    this does not work.

  • dougjstl1


     7 days ago

    have tiki torch close by

  • dougjstl1


     7 days ago

    hold left hand up is the trick