Cleaning headlights requires sanding, polishing and applying sealant to the lenses. Most modern headlights are made from a strong plastic polycarbonate that fades in time due to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Keeping the headlights clear is a maintenance procedure required to ensure a vehicle maintains optimal nighttime vision.
There are several gimmicks that offer temporary solutions to clean lenses. The proper way requires a deep cleaning of the headlight.
- Disconnect the battery
- Remove the headlights
- Clean the headlights
- Sand the headlight
- Polish the headlight
- Apply sealant onto the lenses
- Mount the headlights
Be sure to disconnect the battery to avoid any accidental shock.
Loosen the mounting screws from the headlight brackets and disconnect the bulbs. Remove the housings from the vehicle.
Thoroughly clean the headlights using a glass cleaner and rag. Clean any debris or dirt that can be scrubbed off.
Use sandpaper to scuff away the layer of haze formed on the housing. Sand until there is no more visible fog on the headlight.
Take polish and rub it thoroughly on the headlight. The polish will remove any of the scratches caused by the sanding.
Once the polishing is completed the headlight will look new again. Apply a sealant to protect them from UV rays.
After applying the sealant, mount and adjust the headlights. Then, reconnect the battery and bulbs.