ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Headlight Restoration...Do-it-Yourself & Save Money

Updated on May 31, 2013

Are you having trouble seeing when driving at night, due to dull and dirty headlights?

  • Well, restore them yourself and save.

  • The results will be astonishing and so clear.

  • More visibility equals safer driving.

  • You will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Did you restore your headlights using either of these 2 methods?

5 stars for Restoring Headlights using method 1 or 2:

Enjoy Clean, Clear Headlights...

Not only do they look better and newer, they provide more light for increased visibility and your safe driving.

This is so will be laughing...especially if you went to a car dealership or body shop and were told to buy new headlights $$$!

Remember, cars are made of 60% plastic, that includes the headlights. Of course, this does not refer to the older model cars that have glass headlights. Plastic can be polished or cleaned. I have included two different methods to restore, or polish headlights. Restoration is used to remove the cloudy, yellowish and dull coloring on headlights by polishing. Essentially you are polishing plastic.

Method #1: Wet Sand, Machine Buff, Wax (Lasts approximately a month)

How to wet sand: Wet sand by using a bucket of water with a little dish soap added and a sponge or rag. The sandpaper must be wet at all times, do this by constantly wetting headlight with spong/rag.

  • Simply wet sand the headlight with 800 grit sandpaper, until the yellowish color is no longer visible.
  • Sand again with 1000 grit sandpaper. If there are still scratches, use 1500 grit too.
  • Using a machine buffer, and compound, a medium or fine compound will do, no need to buy the expensive one, buff the headlight until you are happy with the way it looks, because at this point you may be laughing at how clear it looks...just like new!
  • Finally apply a car wax, of your choice, to the headlight for a finishing touch.

If you choose this method, you will need to repeat this about once a month.

You will know when it is needed because they will begin to get the yellowish color back.

Spraying your headlights with a clear coat is actually spraying them with plastic!

Method #2: Wet Sand, Machine Buff, Clear Coat, Wax (Lasts approx. 6 months to 1 year)

How to wet sand: Wet sand by using a bucket of water with a little dish soap added and a sponge or rag. The sandpaper must be wet at all times, do this by constantly wetting headlight with spong/rag.

  • Begin by wet sanding the headlight with 800 grit sandpaper, until the yellowish color is no long visible. Then again with 1000 grit, then with 1500 grit.
  • Prepare surrounding area from any overspray. You will need to cover and tape the area of the car surrounding the headlight. At this point, only the headlight is visible.(If you choose to, the headlight can be removed, but will require more time than it's worth.)
  • Clean the headlight thoroughly by using a blue shop towel. Must be completely dry.
  • Spray the entire headlight with a clear coat spray can, using a very light coat. Wait for it to dry, 5 to 10 minutes between coats, depending on the weather. Do a total of 4 to 6 coats, until it is clear and like new, to your satisfaction. (Do not attempt to spray it all at once, as this will cause runs or dripping, and you will have to start over.)
  • If you are happy with the way they look you are done!
  • If any runs are visible because you sprayed too much at once, don't worry. Let it completely dry, by waiting 1 to 2 hours, depending on the type of clear coat used (see label on can).
  • Lightly remove runs using 1000 grit sandpaper, the 1500 grit over the entire headlight.
  • Machine buff with compound (medium or fine compound).
  • Finally, apply wax to the headlight, using a car wax of your choice.

By using this method, your headlights will remain clear for aproximately 6 months to a year.

Do - It - Yourself Headlight Restoration:

Which method, listed below, have you tried?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • odido profile image


      4 years ago

    • lupine profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Marcy, I appreciate your comment. Yes, the kit can be may already have some items at home to use. Thanks for the vote!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Brilliant! I have seen commercials for 'magic headlight restorations,' and you are right; if we can fix it ourselves, why spend money on a new part? Interesting and useful!!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)