Headlight oxidation Repair

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Method 1 of 3: Using a Glass Cleaning Solution

  1. Determine whether the damage to the lens is on the outside or on the inside (if inside you may notice moisture, and you may need to remove the lens, if possible and/or drain and dry it).(Before trying any of these steps try a "Headlight Deoxidizer" which will save time and is non-abrasive) some of these steps may not be necessary depending upon the damage or oxidation of your headlight lenses. Some headlights are worse than others and will therefore require more work and some may be so bad that replacement is a more viable option.

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  2. Repair Oxidized Cloudy Headlights with a Headlight Cleaner Step 2.jpgIf damage is on the outside of the lens first try cleaning it off with a glass cleaning solution like Windex. You can also use a watered down degreaser to clean off the headlight lenses.
  3. Follow this with a car polish or plastic polish available anywhere. Polish usually has the fine abrasive that you need right in it.
  4. Follow directions on the polish bottle and do not apply in sunlight and be sure not to get it on black, rubberized plastic parts as it will make a white film that is very hard to get off.
  5. You can use a rotary buffer to make this process faster and obtain better results. To make this repair last longer seal with car wax or silicone sealer.

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Method 2 of 3: Using Masking Tape

There are easy kits like the lens repair kit from 3M that are available at local automotive retailers that make this project really simple. All of the tape, sandpaper, lens polish and directions are included, and there's an online video that shows you how to do it.

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