A good car wash and wax can make your vehicle feel new again. However, if you wash your car and your headlights still look foggy, they may need some extra spot cleaning. Clean headlights are critical; not only do they help you see the road, but they also make you visible to other motorists and pedestrians on the road. Headlight lenses are typically made of polycarbonate plastic. Manufacturers choose this material because it's strong enough to withstand extreme weather and harsh road conditions without breaking. Despite its strength, headlights are very sensitive to the UV rays from the sun. Over time, the protective UV film on the outside of the headlights can be destroyed by the sun. This can cause the plastic to oxidize. If your headlights have become yellow and fuzzy, we have developed a few helpful tips to clean and restore them.
Cleaning tips for foggy headlights:
Always start your headlight restoration by cleaning them with automotive soap and water.
Apply toothpaste directly to the headlight lens and use a dry cloth to wipe it. After scrubbing the headlight, rinse it with water.
Baking SodaMix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Use a sponge to clean the headlight in circular motions and rinse with water.
VinegarRemove the headlight lens and soak them in vinegar for at least an hour. Afterward, give them a good scrub with a dry cloth. Wash them a second time with automotive soap and water.
After you have cleaned your headlights, you may be wondering how you can prevent them from becoming fuzzy in the future. If possible, always park your car in the shade. Parking in direct sunlight can increase the oxidizing process and leave your headlights yellow. Try not to skip washing your vehicle and give special attention to the headlights. Wipe them with a microfiber cloth and non-abrasive polish. This can keep them intact longer.
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