How to Restore Headlights Permanently

How to Restore Headlights Permanently | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

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Replacing your old headlights can be really expensive. But with this method by Junky DIY guy, you can restore them, make them look brand new, and save tons of money. Here’s how to restore headlights permanently. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.



1. Rinse the headlights

Wash the headlights and the surrounding area using your microfiber towel to remove any dirt. After that, dry them.

2. Remove the yellow plastic on the lens using abrasives

If your headlights have a very bad yellow beam, you’ll need cutting compound, car polish, metal polish, and sandpaper. All of these contain aluminum oxide as the abrasive agent in different amounts: up to 5% for car polish, up to 10% for compound, up to 25% for metal polish, and 100% for sandpaper. It’s all about choosing the right polish and sandpaper.

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It is best to go with 600 grit followed by 1500 grit then 300 grit. Wrap the sandpaper around the foam backing pad for uniform pressure.


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Step 1:

Put masking tape around your headlights so you wouldn’t damage the paint.

Step 2:

Spray some water on the lens and the sandpaper, then start sanding in horizontal strokes using 600 grit. Spray water as you need and keep it with light pressure on the sandpaper.

Step 3:

When the color turns to milky white, wipe the lens. Start sanding with 1500 grit in vertical strokes.

Step 4:

Wipe the lens and move to 3000 grit. Do it in a horizontal direction.

Step 5:

Use a microfiber or wool pad if you are using the drill. Remove the tape, add compound to the wool or towel then start buffing.

How to Restore Headlights Permanently Tips
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Step 6:

Wipe your headlights. Switch to a foam pad and add a little bit of polish to bring back the shine.


For light yellow headlights, skip all the sanding.

3. Protective coating

You can use a UV hard coat, aftermarket headlight coating, clear coat, headlight covers, or install a headlight protection film.


How to Restore Headlights Permanently

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