How to Restore Car Headlights

how to Restore car headlight

Headlights are like the eyes of your car and when their hazy yellow and foggy seeing well a night can be an issue and during the day, they look like this find out how to restore their clarity. There are 8 steps under which you can easily restore the car headlight to the new original conditions.

Step 1

Open the hood or tape off the surrounding areas to avoid paint damage masking tape is perfect for this application wash the headlight with water in a microfiber towel to clean off any heavy debris that may interfere with the sanding discs.

Step 2

Place 1000 grade sandpaper on a foam block and move from side to side no circles no up-and-down and no water. During this process, you’ll notice the dead headlight skin is flaking away leaving behind a white residue.

This is normal so don’t panic once the headlight is evenly sanded from side to side wipe or blow the dust off.

The surface of the headlight any remaining dust may contaminate the next process causing deeper scratches or haze that may be a challenge to finish.

Step 3

Clean & place 1500 grade on a foam block and spray the sand paper with water before applying it to the light just a few quick squirts.

now move the paper in up-and-down motion and not side to side as we did for step 1. This is done as the first sandpaper marks in the opposite direction once completed spray water on the headlight and wipe again to ensure no particles are remaining.

Step 4

Switch to 3000-grade paper and repeat the same process but in side-to-side motions once again to counteract the 1500 grade sanding marks created in the previous step

Step 5

The polisher will get the very fine marks out of the headlight with more consistency than by hand so gradually refining by hand until you can use a machine is the safest way to complete this project next compound the 3000 grade sanding marks in the headlight with a microfiber cutting pad or a wool pad.

Step 6

Your favorite compound this can be done with a home drill or a 3 inch detailing machine, access to compressed air after just a few passes with compound.

The headlight lens should look much clearer after a thorough compound quickly polish the plastic with a foam pad.

Your favourite polish to remove any super fine scratches left behind after the compounding step use a detailing light to check your work or simply turn on the headlights themselves to get a better look at the lens everything looks good wipe the headlight clean with rubbing alcohol.

Step 7

To remove any oils or polish residue in preparation for the final protective coating a UV protective coating.

It should be immediately applied to the lens after the process is complete clearly the original UV coating applies that the factory has faded and anything that remained would have been removed from the previous abrasive steps.

So, applying a new UV layer is vital to avoid a hazy or yellow lens within weeks or even days if left untreated before applying in a UV protection be sure to read the directions of your coating

Step 8

Apply the UV coating four to six inches away from the lens with medium arm speed allow to drive for three to five minutes and then apply a second coat don’t remove the masking tape for at least 15 to 20 minutes

Avoid getting the lens wet for at least two hours to allow the coating to cure properly keep in mind at first the coating doesn’t look very smooth.

Once it dries it levels out and you can’t even tell it’s there this repair was performed during the restoration of the entire vehicle.


Your Car headlights are not just a cosmetic fix it can increase the light output by twenty to thirty percent to help you see the road and get home safely. This problem is a must for a preowned car owner or a car owner whose car headlights life is beyond 7 to 8 years.

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