You can restore your headlights professionally with five simple steps. First, clean the headlights before taping off the edge to avoid damaging your car’s paintwork.

Then, sand your headlights before cleaning, polishing, and waxing them. Finally, apply a clear coat to complete the look.

When driving at night or in adverse weather conditions, headlights are the most important component of a vehicle. In addition to making your car seem better overall, headlight restoration raises your degree of safety.

Headlights might get oxidized and foggy due to normal wear and tear over time.

Headlight restoration is increasingly becoming a lot more economical option than replacing lenses, considerably improving driver safety, lowering the long-term cost of maintenance, and improving the entire aesthetic of the vehicle’s exterior.

n the winter, headlights can be severely damaged by salty, slushy roadways. During the other seasons, pollution, insects, and tar can be as damaging to headlights.

In the winter, headlights can be severely damaged by salty, slushy roadways. During the other seasons, pollution, insects, and tar can be as damaging to headlights.

Moreover, headlights can become obscured and yellowed due to the chemicals used in car washes, dust, and even ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Benefits of Headlight Restoration Service

Here are some of the reasons why you might consider headlight restoration:

Improved Visibility and Safety

Most individuals are unaware of the advantages of headlight restoration until they are unable to drive in the dark. It’s tough to see if your headlights are turned on when they’re overcast or hazy.

As a result, driving fast in the dark becomes risky because vision is reduced by up to 70%. That’s when we start fiddling with the high beams and squinting at the road, straining our eyesight to see the road ahead of us clearly.

You won’t need to worry about driving quickly at night because headlight restoration will allow you to see the road clearly.

Improved appearance

Restoration of your car’s headlights improves the exterior of your vehicle while also improving visibility. The coverings on your headlights deteriorate quickly. 

Headlight restoration is a low-cost alternative to purchasing new lenses for restoring the ‘newness’ of your vehicle’s exterior. Get your headlights professionally restored to preserve the young appearance of your car and to have those crystal clear headlights.

Save time and money

Headlight restoration is the only cost-effective choice for customers who want to sell or trade in their vehicle in the near future.

It is not a wise decision to replace the headlights because it is an expensive alternative.

Save a ton of time and money by having your headlights restored. You’ll get safe lighting, and your car’s outside appeal will also be enhanced.

How to Professionally Restore Headlight Lenses

In order to eliminate the outer layers of rust and dust from your lenses and remove any broken components of your headlights, our headlight restoration professionals at River Islands Car Salon only utilize professional-grade equipment.

Afterward, the headlights will be properly cleaned and polished to restore their brightness. Take a look at how we accomplish it to gain a better understanding of our full headlight restoration process:

Step 1: Cleaning the headlights

The headlight lenses should then be cleaned as thoroughly as possible. The best method is to use vehicle soap and warm water on a rag.

Cleaning the headlights

While it may appear superfluous, you must carefully clean the lenses to guarantee that all dust and grime are removed before proceeding to the stages of cleaning, waxing, or sealing.

Whereas if lenses are not clean, you risk the remaining dirt harming the finish of the lenses. Beyond washing the lenses, clean the region just outside the headlights because you will need to apply blue painter’s tape to these areas in the next step.

Step 2: Taping around the headlights

Step 2: Taping around the headlights

The lenses will be sanded in the next step. It is rather simple to accidentally oversand your car’s paint if you are not careful, which could result in damage.

So it makes sense to tape off the headlight lens with blue painter’s tape in order to preserve the finish of your car.

Make a border at least a few inches wide around the lenses using the tape; if your hand slips when sanding, the border will shield the paintwork of your car.

Step 3: Sanding with 5 levels of sandpaper

After taking the necessary measures, it is time to begin the critical restorative process. Regardless of whether you bought a bundle or not, this is the time to get the wet/dry sandpaper prepared.

Step 3: Sanding with 5 levels of sandpaper

Choose the highest abrasive grit paper you possess, which in this instance is 1000 grain. The next step is to wet the sandpaper and the headlamp you’ll be cleaning on first.

Starting out with horizontal, straight strokes while maintaining constant motion in one direction is how you should sand. 

Also, make certain that the lens and the paper are both wet at all times. The lens could get damaged if either component is left to dry.   The coarsest sandpaper should be used for at least five to 10 minutes.

The above procedure will then be repeated using sandpaper with grits of 2000 and 3000. Do not, however, employ the same direction. Sand the paper with a 2000 grit rating diagonally, and the paper with a 3000 grit rating diagonally the opposite.

Maintain in mind to take your time and to keep the paper’s surface as well as the surface of the headlight lenses damp.

You should spend five to ten minutes with each grit of sandpaper, meaning the sanding procedure should take 15 to 30 minutes, based on the degree of corrosion on the lens.

Step 4: Cleaning, Machine Polishing, and Waxing

Step 4: Cleaning, Machine Polishing, and Waxing

Now that you’ve finished sanding, it’s time to examine how you performed. Wipe away any remaining dust with a cotton towel using diluted alcohol and completely dry the lens.

Then, using a clean microfiber towel, apply a polishing chemical to the surface.

You should rub the substance into the lens using circular motions for at least a few minutes. You can utilize an orbital buffer to accelerate this procedure if you have one.

The wax can be applied to the lens once it has been polished and made clear, just like you would do with a car’s body.

Step 5: Applying clear coat to complete

Wait 5-10 minutes after applying the first layer of clear coat. Once the second layer has been applied, let 12 to 24 hours for drying. For at least 24 hours, we advise you to leave your headlights off and to leave your automobile parked in the shade.

Step 5: Applying clear coat to complete

Aside from having headlight restoration, we also have more mobile car detailing services on our website.

At River Islands Automobile Salon, we provide more than just car detailing. You will receive straightforward responses, transparent pricing, and professional advice. The outcomes you desire will be provided because we value your time and money.