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Restore Your Headlights in 30 Minutes or Less

Charles does a lot of things himself, including remodeling houses and RVs.

Don't Waste Your Money Replacing Those Cloudy Headlights!

I am notoriously cheap. Looking at my options, either replacing my headlights or replacing them, I quickly decided that it would definitely be cheaper if I invested a little elbow grease and time. So I opted to take the cheaper route and document my work to help others facing the same dilemma. Below, I have outlined a step by step tutorial to easily restore those cloudy, hazy headlights. Save your hard-earned money by completing this quick headlight restoration process in your driveway or garage in 30 minutes or less! Follow along below for the best results.

My Headlights Before This Simple Restoration Process

Passenger Side (Before)

Passenger Side (Before)

Drivers Side (Before)

Drivers Side (Before)

These Are The Items You Will Need Before Starting

1. Spray Bottle (For Water)

2. 1500 Grit Sandpaper

3. 2500 Grit Sandpaper

4. 3000 Grit Sandpaper

5. Rubber Sanding Block

6. Rubbing Compound

7. Random Orbit Detailing Machine (Optional)

8. Medium Foam Polishing Pad (Optional)

9. Clean Microfiber Cloth

10. Blue 1" Painters Tape

11. Your favorite automotive wax

The Easy Alternative To Polishing By Hand

Follow These Step by Step Instructions To Restore Those Hazy Headlights

  1. Tape off the area around the headlight to prevent accidental sanding of the vehicle paint.
  2. Clean headlights with soapy water and dry with a clean, soft microfiber towel.
  3. With the spray bottle, spray the 1500 grit sandpaper and apply a light coat of water to the 1st headlight.
  4. Begin sanding the headlight making sure to sand in one direction. Sand the headlight for about 5 mins while periodically spraying the headlight lens and sandpaper.
  5. Next, change the sandpaper to 2500 grit and repeat the process only this time sand the headlight in the opposite direction.
  6. The third step, change the sandpaper to 3000 grit and repeat the process by again sanding in the opposite direction as the last step.
  7. Once this process is complete, spray the headlight well to remove ALL residue from the lens. The lens will look uniformly cloudy.
  8. Finish by applying a small amount of rubbing compound to a clean microfiber towel and in a circular motion, begin polishing the headlight for about 5 minutes or until the lens is clear and looks like new.
  9. Repeat this process for the other headlight.
  10. Finish by applying your favorite wax and remember to apply a fresh coat of wax every 6 months to keep your headlights shiny and new!

Results: My Headlights After This Simple Restoration Process

Passenger Side (After)

Passenger Side (After)

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