If you have a yellowish, scratched and cloudy headlight, you are not alone. Unless you give the headlights of your car a regular and proper care, they can deteriorate to a point of being opaque completely by making it quite dangerous to operate your car at night and in a reduced visibility condition. But there are several ways of restoring the same brightness and color of the headlights. Using toothpaste will work best to clean your lenses and this process is very quick and simple. This method only requires you to rub the plastic lens with a cloth to remove the dull or frosted look. This will provide you with a clear surface that will improve your vision at night.
You can go for the restoration process by following the technical steps but there is also some easy process that you can apply with easily available home products. These DIY methods are user-friendly and they are much cheaper options. Toothpaste is a great option that may allow a person to clean up their headlights. This is an easily available product but you need to follow some easy tricks to clean the headlights completely. This is actually an easy polishing trick for the car owners. You can polish the outer cover of your headlight with any of the ordinary toothpaste. You just need a soft brush or cloth to complete the cleanup process. Toothpaste contains gentle abrasive that clears up the grime, dirt, dust from the plastic cover of your headlights within a few minutes. It can even remove the light-dimming oxidation and can make your headlight shiner and brighter.
Things needed for the process:
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloth or sponge
- Good quality sealant
- Water bucket or hose pipe
- Soft bristle brush
Step by step process of headlight cleaning with toothpaste:
Start by cleaning the headlight with glass cleaner:
To start the process you should start with soapy water or glass cleaner. Take a microfiber cloth also. Spray the cleaner onto the headlights first. Use a soft a sponge or microfiber cloth and wipe out the easy to remove dirt, dust, and debris. The quick cleaning of the lights will help you to avoid further mess and toothpaste cleaning will be more effective to clean out the dirt left on the headlights.
To proceed with the process use a chamois or an absorbent towel. As the headlights are clean, make them dry by dabbing the towel. It will soak up the droplets and standing streaks of moisture. Dry out also the edges of your headlight covers. Take only a lint-free towel else you will leave the fibers on the lights.
Apply a thick layer of toothpaste
As the headlights are completely dry you can use the toothpaste or else you can use on the wet surface to get bubbles like soap water.
For the toothpaste cleaning process, you need to make sure first that the paint of your car is safe. You need to have the automotive masking tape to cover the paint at the sides, bottom and top part of the headlights. Check properly to ensure there is no exposed paint part near the lights you are going to clean up. Toothpaste and the polishing pressure can damage the paint that is open.
Apply a little bit of toothpaste to each of the headlights. Now squeeze it directly first on the plastic cover of your headlights. You can also apply it with the help of a sponge or cloth. In a widening circle spread out the toothpaste and cover the headlight completely with toothpaste. Don’t start with a thick layer but spread a small amount of toothpaste and increase it later as per requirements. It is best to use regular white toothpaste but doesn’t use gel toothpaste. Gel toothpaste never comes with the abrasive that you need to clean up the headlights. These abrasives are the more important thing to chip away different layers of oxidation. You can also select the white color toothpaste that contains baking soda.
Clean it with water
Now, it is time to go for the cleaning process. Scrub the headlight with a sponge or microfiber cloth in a circular motion. You need to cover it from top to bottom and clean up even the stubborn grime. When you are doing the process you will find that the scratch, dirt, grimes are removing fast even within a second.
To remove the more stubborn spots, you can even use a soft bristle brush. Take your time and go for more elbows greasing to get the cleaner appearance of your headlights. Rinse the headlights with warm water or wipe it wet cloth. You can spray water from a spray bottle or even use a hose pipe. Continue the rinsing process until the water gets clear and clear even the little amount of toothpaste.
Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry out the headlights completely. Now remove the tapes from the paint.
Use a sealant to lock the shine
You will get surely your desired result if you follow the right steps and do the entire process properly. As you have finished the polishing and cleaning process, you can apply the sealant to increase the shine of your headlights.
Take a good quality UV-resistant sealant and it will save your headlights from further damage that occurs due to extreme exposure to the sun. Take a folded but good quality paper towel and wet it with the sealant solution. Wipeout it on the covers of the headlights. Give it full coverage and start by using only a single coat of a good quality sealant. This will help you to slow down the oxidation process on the headlights.
Then keep the car outdoor so that it will receive proper sunlight. It will dry out within a few minutes.
To restore the original shine of your headlights, you need to repeat the entire cleaning process every one or two months. This is a simple process that you can try to avoid the expensive restoration method for car headlights.