Useful Tips for Headlight Restoration

When it comes to maintaining the appearance of your car along with ensuring your own safety on the roads (and that of other drivers), keeping your headlights clean and in proper working condition is an important factor. No idea where to start? No problem – as experienced professionals of car detailing in Malta, our team at Portughes have listed a few useful tips on how to give your vehicle a fresh pair of eyes for the summer.


1. Wash the headlights before beginning restoration

We recommend using a solution of soapy water and drying the lights down with a clean towel afterwards. Alternatively, you can use a toothpaste laden cloth to rub the surface of the headlights, with small, circular motions. Toothpaste contains a mild abrasive that removes stains from the lenses, leaving it with a smoother feel and clearer shine.


2. Use Sandpaper

Sand down the outside of the headlights with sandpaper soaked in water – the liquid will soften it and prevent it from causing any scratches or marks. Use straight, downward motions as opposed to rubbing in circles – be careful not to damange the paint of the car. Afterwards, wipe dry with another clean towel.


3. Protect your headlights from direct sunlight

Make sure that any restoration done takes place in a shady area or in a garage, with the headlights having cooled down to room temperature. Harmful UV rays emanating from the sun can greatly decrease the functioning of car headlights; they can cause the UV coating to fade away at a much faster rate, leading to oxidation and degradation. This will cause the lights to turn yellow, developing what are sometimes known as “headlight cataracts”. After removing the outer, damaged layer, apply a coat of UV protectant.


4. Prevent oxidation with Headlight Deoxidizer

Apart from UV rays, oxidation can also be caused by the accumulation of pollutants and debris. Consquently, headlights may develop a discoloured and hazy appearance. Use a headlight deoxidizer to increase night vision and to boost the overall value of your car.


5. Look inside the lens to check for any damage

Moisture or condensation inside headlights can build up over time, leaking in through busted seals or cracks around the light bulbs. Replace any rubber seals fitted improperly, and unclog any vents that may be trapping condensation inside. You can also use an air compressor to remove condensation inside the headlamp. In more serious cases, you may need to remove the lens entirely in order to drain it.


Headlight restoration can be somewhat time-consuming and a bit of a hassle, but it’s a highly important procedure that will give you clear vision on the roads and improve the overall functionality of your vehicle. Leave everything in the hands of Portughes – we provide some of the service for car detailing and car cleaning in Malta. Contact us today for more information!

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