- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On December 28, 2016
Your headlights are designed to help you see the road and have other drivers see you as they come in your direction. For most drivers, headlights are one of the many parts of the vehicle that they take for granted.
Over time, your headlights can lose a bit of their luster and take on a foggy appearance that makes them look dim. This reduces your visibility and your ability to see the road ahead of you.
Fixing fogged-up headlights isn’t impossible though, and it isn’t even something you need to rely on your mechanic to do. Use this guide to help you defog your headlights all on your own.
Before you can really get to the nitty gritty of making your lights appear a little bit brighter, you need to start with a good cleaning. While you will need to roll up your sleeves and put some elbow grease into your work, this first step is actually pretty simple.
Start with warm water or glass cleaner and wipe as much grime off your headlights as possible. You can even give them a light scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
You’ll know you’re done once you can wipe a clean cloth over each headlight and the cloth doesn’t show dirt or dust.
Cover Your Paint Job
A good paint job on a car can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your paint is well-protected when you’re working on defogging your headlights.
Your best option is to use pliable painter’s tape around the lights. Removing them is an option, but in some vehicles, you’ll have to realign them again, which is often more trouble than it’s worth.
Just take your time with the painter’s tape and you’ll avoid damaging your paint job while cleaning your lights.
To really get the grime off your headlights you need a relatively fine piece of sandpaper. Ideally, you’ll need one per headlight. Using a sanding block can also be very helpful.
When sanding, work slowly and monitor your progress. At the end you should notice your headlights are no longer yellow and feel slightly rough to the touch.
Sanding away on your car can be difficult for a lot of people to swallow as a concept. If you want to try something else, there is one thing you’ll see printed over and over again, though the effectiveness isn’t totally clear.
That’s cleaning each headlight and then using toothpaste to remove yellow spots. Since toothpaste is mildly abrasive in order to clean your teeth, this does make sense, at least in theory.
On older vehicles with a lot of yellow though, it may not be enough to restore your lights to their original clearness. Still, it’s easy to try and could be just the fix you need.
Contact Sanderson Lincoln to learn more about basic car maintenance like how to defog your lights. Sanderson Lincoln can also help you find the perfect vehicle to fit your need when it’s time to shop for a new or used car.