Useless Headlights?!

Recently I had a friend drive my car and she asked if one of my headlights was out?  I said no,but they are really filmed over.  She told me her headlights had been that way, but her dad had given her a cleaner and it had worked great.  I went to the local Napa store and explained what the problem was to the sales person – he told me that I could buy the cleaners, which are very expensive and will need to be re-done in a couple of months or I could try something else.  Of course, I had to ask what the something else was. He told me to use very fine sandpaper, wet, and then a rubbing compound.  He said this would last a couple of months and it was less than 1/4 the cost of the cleaners.  I bought it all and finally did it – what a difference!

Cleaning Your Headlights

Headlights after

Items Needed

Masking tape
Fine sandpaper
Rubbing compound
Cotton clothes
Shammy cloth

Make sure that your car is not in the sun or the headlights hot.



1.Wash your headlights.

2. Tape around the headlights.

Headlights taped

3. Wet the sandpaper and sand your headlights in a circular motion.  You may have to rinse and repeat this step a couple of times.

Headlights sandpaper

4. Wash the headlights and allow to dry.

5. When headlights are completely dry – using the rubbing compound.  Follow the directions, doing a small section at a time and rubbing either up and down or across.

6. Buff the headlights.  If you have the buffing attachment for your drill – this would be best.  I do not have – so had to use old fashion elbow grease.

7. Admire a job well done!

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3 Responses to Useless Headlights?!

  1. Candace says:

    Wow. That is a big difference. Must be the plastic gets scratched and you were able to polish the scratches away. : )

  2. Jo says:

    What a difference is right…..good job!

  3. deborah says:

    Wayne will love this, you know how anal he is about the cars!

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