If your headlight covers have turned yellow and/or foggy, you’ve probably noticed that it’s pretty difficult to see very far ahead on the road when driving at night. Some of you may even be using your brights far more often than you should – yeah, you can see better, but you are inadvertently blinding every driver going the opposite direction. In addition to ticking off other people on the road, the last thing you want is to get into an accident all because of your discolored, foggy headlight covers.
Many drivers are unaware that there’s even a solution to getting their headlight covers back into shape – instead, they assume that this type of wear and tear is just part of owning a vehicle; therefore, they just deal with it.
There are also plenty of people have experimented with a variety of methods to get cleaner looking headlights. We’re not trying to make anyone feel bad or stupid – as there are some solutions that have proven to work a little bit. Here are a couple common methods and reasons why they may not be the best solution.
You may have heard or read that using toothpaste to clean your headlights will make them look like new again. Though this gooey stuff may help remove the layer of discoloration and grime, toothpaste will not remove the multitude of scratches and dings that have littered the surface of your headlight covers through the years. In the end, these scratches and dings are really what you need to address in order to get crisp, clear, new-looking headlights.
Also, when it comes to using toothpaste, you also have to be very careful what type of paste you use – for example, mint or whitening agents that are found in most toothpastes these days can actually damage your headlight covers. In the end, using regular toothpaste may offer some temporary results, however, it won’t provide the level of protection your headlight covers need to withstand further damage and discoloration – again, it can’t remove the most important problem: scratches and/or dings. We recommend keeping toothpaste out of the garage and leaving it in your bathroom, where it belongs.
Aluminum polishing compound
Aluminum polishing compound is another popular method people choose to remove oxidation from headlight covers. When using this method, you must clean the outside surface of the headlight covers with soap and water then make sure they’re completely dry before you apply the compound. After they’re dry, you’ll need to apply the compound with a soft dry cloth using small circular motions. The compound must also be completely dry before you begin buffing the lenses.
The thing is, you’ll probably have to repeat this process over and over again until your headlights are completely clear. Sometimes this can take three or more coats until the oxidation on your headlight covers is completely gone. Can you say backache? An aluminum polishing compound may deliver clearer looking covers and even remove a few scratches, but similar to toothpaste, it will not offer your headlight covers with ample protection and will need to be reapplied regularly.
Scorpion Headlight Repair System
Rather than experimenting with other household cleaning solutions or scouring internet forums for the best DIY methods on how to clean your headlights, check out this video. You’ll find out exactly how to restore your headlight covers for the long run, the right way.
Our headlight repair kit will offer you the long-lasting protection your headlight covers need to prevent scratches, fogginess, and discoloration from UV rays. By the way, if you are currently a Scorpion dealer, headlight repair is an excellent add-on service to offer your customers!
Click here to get more information about our headlight repair kit.