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Headlight Restoration Made Easy

Updated on October 15, 2013

Headlight Restoration


There are many products on the market to accomplish this task. Many have the same written techniques as demonstrated here and in the video above.


Due to the sorness in my arms after I made this video, my advice is to find a buffer kit that attaches to a rotating buffer wheel. This would be extremely useful if you are to do more than one automobile. Personally, I just needed to do one, so I went the manual buffing route.


If you use the above kit, make sure to use plenty of product and thus lubrication as you use the rotating buffer. Without it, you have the risk of doing permanent damage to the lens if you do not.

Again, if you are doing multiple vehicles, do not hesitate to buy a kit that has the buffer wheel to go with your electric buffer. Big time saver!


These are very basic. These apply to all cleaning and polishing surfaces.

  • Follow the instructions with the product that you purchased
  • Use plenty of product to maintain lubrication as you sand the surface
  • Wipe the surface clean between different levels of sanding, using different levels of grit paper
  • Start with the most coarse sanding grit paper with your package because this will do most of the cleaning process and remove all of the oxidation. Use this sanding paper the longest, as it does the most work.
  • Change directions between grit paper, from vertical, to horizontal, and back again, etc.
  • Slowly but surely work your way towards the smoothest, fine grit paper that your package contains. This goes from the cleaning/sanding process into the polishing process for a like-new finish as delivered by the factory
  • Apply the liquid plastic solution carefully, because smears or runs will show.
  • Allow to dry. The cloudiness will dissipate, and it will remain clear
  • Pat yourself on the back for savings hundreds of dollars a month by switching to Geico.


Although it still isn't as good as a brand new headlight, combined with new headlight bulbs and a clear, clean lens, I noticed a dramatic improvement in my night time driving visibility. I would not waste one dime on paying someone else to do this for you. It's a very DIY project!


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