Tag Archives: Headlight restoration

  • I have seen the light! (Or why it's getting harder to)

    Many auto manufacturers switched to making your headlight lenses out of plastic sometime in the early 80's. They are cheaper to make, less mess if there is an accident, and lighter weight. This is all well and good when the vehicle is new.. but after years of abuse from mother nature, UV rays, and road salt, rocks, etc., they begin to haze. In some cases they even begin to yellow! This is going to greatly reduce the light output from your headlights at night or in adverse weather conditions. This is the time of year where many places in the world are getting shorter amounts of daylight, and we are needing to use our headlights more frequently. Nothing is worse than having to get closer to the windshield to see the road better at night, or during bad weather!

    What we've found is that by using a quality polishing compound like Autosol, and a good buffing wheel, you can restore those plastic lenses back to a crystal clear appearance. They can easily look like new again (if now only you could do the same for your interior!). You will be amazed at how much of a difference it makes with just a few minutes of work. You can do the polishing with the lights on the car, and all you need is a handheld drill with our Eastwood Headlight Restoration Kit to do the job.

    Check out this little video we whipped together to show how easy it is. After you do your lenses, you will really start to notice how many cars on the road have foggy plastic headlights!

  • Foggy vision on your plastic headlights?

    "They don't make 'em like they used to" is something you often heard from the older generation in the car world. In some cases this is untrue, but other times you have to sit and wonder if they really are on to something. A case in point is plastic lenses on most modern cars. Yes, they may be cheaper to make, but on a daily driven vehicle the lights often become "hazy" or "fogged" from the harsh sun light to dirt, salt, and other road debris seen on the roads. This in turn has you squinting at night because of the decreased light output that is the result of your foggy headlights. Often times your local repair shop will advise to replace the headlight assemblies completely with new. Most times this is quite expensive and will range from a couple hundred dollars to upwards of a thousand dollars (depending on the model car you have of course!). This works great, but you will be left with the same problem down the road once those new lights are exposed to the elements. Luckily, there are options to clean or polish your lights yourself and have them looking new again for a fraction of the cost of the new ones.

    The best way to restore your headlights and get rid of the "foggy lens" look is to invest in a headlight refinishing kit and tackle the job at home. The only tool you will need on your own is a drill of some sort to hold the buffing wheel supplied with the kit. Simply clean your headlights of any large road debris, bugs, or other grime that may be on them. You then use some of the supplied headlight polish/compound and slowly buff the lens to your desired finish. You will see a nice contrast after a pass or two of the lenses. With a little patience you can have your lights looking new again! The best part is you can polish the lenses as many times as you'd like! It would take buying 5-10 kits to even begin to come close to the cost of  purchasing a new set of lights (not to mention the labor a shop would charge you install them!).

    Check out our kit that we offer for just this job. The kit includes one of the markets leading polishes for top results in restoring those headlights. We even have it marked on sale for under $20 currently!


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