DIY headlight Cleaning Methods

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you when you begin to notice that your vehicle’s headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be. It’s a common occurrence that happens over time simply because they are subjected to road debris and weather. There are a couple of methods you can use to clean them yourself.

One tip is to use toothpaste on a warn damp cloth. You simply apply it to the headlights and scrub. It might take a couple of attempts to get all the grime off the lenses. Once cleaned, use a clean damp cloth to rinse. This method is a better choice for plastic lenses than glass, but you can use it on both.

If you have glass lenses, you may want to opt for using several sheets of sandpaper, each with a different grit size. Beginning with the coarsest, gently work it around the lens to remove any imperfections or scratches. Repeat the process with each sheet until you’ve finished with the finest grit. This is an effective method of renewing your headlights but should be done with great care. You don’t want to over-scratch the glass. Once finished, polish with glass cleaner.

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