How To Clean Your Car Headlights

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Cleaning your car headlights is what all of us do in our day to day lives. One doesn’t have to be a car lover or anything to keep their car clean, it’s just a basic courtesy that all of us do. The same thing becomes even more considerable when headlights are dirty because dirty headlight covers don’t let as much light pass through as when they’re clean, so other road users will find it harder to see your car on the road. They can also diffuse light, meaning they don’t throw light as far down the road as when they’re clean, making it harder to see hazards in dark conditions.

If you can see the headlight needs cleaning because of dirt and mud, an easy way to remove all this dirt and mud from your headlight is to just wash it off using a cloth and clean water. This will remove all the basic dirt that’s on the cover of the headlight and is actually the cheapest way to get the job done.

However, if your car’s headlights are a bit more of murky, yellowing and cloudy, you’ll need to go for a more thorough process of cleaning the headlights.

Method 1:

Cleaning your car headlights with toothpaste:

Yes, that’s right. Cleaning your car’s headlights could be done as cheaply as cleaning it from toothpaste and a brush. It’s quick, accessible and cheaper than a repair kit. You only need a toothbrush, spray bottle, toothpaste – that features baking soda, if possible – and a cloth.

Here’s how to clean car headlights with toothpaste:

  • Rub toothpaste into the headlight cover using a toothbrush
  • Keep rubbing until you feel and see the headlight getting cleaner
  • Spray warm water onto the headlight and wipe away the toothpaste with a cloth
  • For a deeper clean use a rotary buffer to apply the toothpaste
  • Voila! You should now have more translucent headlight covers

Method 2:

Using a Proper Kit:

This method is beneficial in the sense that it gives a more lasting effect. Also, it can be used on marks on headlights where they are murky, yellowing and cloudy.

There are quite a few products in the market that provide you with all the tools and steps needed to clean your dirty headlights. We have reviewed some of the top products in the market. This article will give a brief review about all of those:

1)    Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Restorer Kit:

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Turtle Wax offers a wide range of products for any kind of detailing of the car and they are usually of the highest quality and best in the market. Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Restorer Kit is just as good and offers great results. This headlight restorer kit comes at a fairly inexpensive price and works absolutely great. You get three restoration pads with different grits, allowing you to add precision to your restoration game, as well as spray lubricant (4oz container, though larger ones are available for additional purchase) and lens sealing wipes.

Technical Details:

Brand Turtle Wax
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Package Dimensions 2.1 x 3.1 x 6.6 inches
Item model number T-240KT
Manufacturer Part Number T-240KT
Cover Included Unit^Instruction Guide

2)    3M Car Headlight Restoration Kit:

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This product is the number one choice by all the newbies and auto-enthusiasts around the globe. Using a much more efficient and effective method for sanding, you’ll be using a power drill to effectively sand down your headlights. There’s the buffing pad and two packs of polishing compound. In the end, you have a great system for wet sanding, and polishing your headlights.

This kit will work well on light, medium and heavy-duty oxidation due to the nature of sanding. The only downside we found with this kit, is that there’s no sealant available with this kit. Getting an aftermarket sealant is a MUST with this kit.

Technical Details:

Brand 3M
Model 39008
Weight 7.8 ounces

3)    Mothers NuLens Car Headlight Restoration Kit:

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The biggest problem we face with our headlights is the yellowing, which usually makes everything so blur and hard to see. This kit ensures you’ll see nothing but clarity when you stare straight into the headlights. Mothers NuLens Headlight Renewal Kit is a cost effective way to tackle light to heavy duty oxidation found on automotive headlights. For starters, this kit comes with a buffing pad that works phenomenally well on polishing.

On top of that, you also receive a backing plate with velcro that attaches directly to a cordless or corded drill. Using the sandpaper in order will allow you to tackle most challenges that come your way while performing this restoration job.

Technical Details:

Brand Mothers
Model 07251
Item Weight 1.04 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.4 x 4.1 x 3.4 inches
Item model number 07251
Manufacturer Part Number 07251
Folding No
Cover Included Mothers

4)    Sylvania Car Headlight Restoration Kit:

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Taking an analog approach to sanding down your headlights, but this time with all the compounds and sealants required, we have the Sylvania Headlight Restoration kit. This kit consists of practically everything you could possibly need for restoration of your headlights, the things include: proper sandpaper, microfiber clothes, gloves, initial cleaning liquid, polishing compound, protective clear coat compound, and also masking tape.

You can also get additional UV blocking protection via an altered kit, but the standard packing comes with all the necessary tools to protect your headlights and lenses from immense sun damage.

Technical Details:

Brand SYLVANIA
Item Weight 0.96 ounces
Product Dimensions 8 x 1 x 6 inches
Item model number HRK.BX
Manufacturer Part Number HRK.BX
OEM Part Number 38771
Folding No
Bulb Type LED Strips

5)     Meguiars G3000 Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit:

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This product is the real deal when it comes down getting the process done in a  “1,2,3” type of way. For starters, there’s the sanding disks which can be applied using the special applicator pad OR, using the drill pad. After all the initial sanding is done, you can use “PlastX” to carefully polish your finely sanded headlights until you see complete clarity.

Once it’s all said and done, apply some clear coat to protect your hard work. You’re done. Essentially the same process with every kit we’ve mentioned so far, but with Meguiars you’ll be able to tackle HEAVY oxidation with ease. This comes as a complete kit, so doing just your own vehicle headlights should suffice.

Technical Details:

Brand MEGUIAR’S
Model FBA_G1900K
Item Weight 11.7 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 3.2 x 8.9 inches
Item model number G1900K
Manufacturer Part Number FBA_G1900K
Folding No
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