Everywhere you go you will see them – headlights and I'm not talking about girls headlights like Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson have. Plastic ones on your car. The problem is that most aren't very clear and are unsafe and in need of replacement or repair.
"An average of 9 out of every 10 cars on the road today has dirty or yellowed headlights that greatly reduce vision and need to be replaced, cleaned, and / or repaired." -AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "Your night vision can be reduced by as much as 90% by dirty headlights. Get your headlights restored with headlight repair, cleaner and restorer" – Road & Travel magazine.
"Clean the headlights or have them professionally restored and repaired. Dirty headlights will decrease visibility by as much as 90%." – New York Broome County Police Traffic Division's Traffic Safety Team. So it is obvious that it is vitally important to have clean, functional headlights.
Headlight replacement was the only option available until recently. Due to technological advances and extensive research there are products available to clean, restore and even repair worn headlights. Even cracked, leaking headlights can be repaired.
If there is water or condensation inside it must first be removed. This is accomplished by using a small drill bit and drilling a small hole in the bottom of the headlight assembly. It is easiest to remove the lens first and make sure the hole goes all the way into the headlight chamber. Drain all water and then place the headlight assembly next to your air conditioning ducts in your house or a dehumidifier to remove all moisture. Reseal with silicone seal (at all automotive stores – glues will crack and leak). Its also a good idea to check the whole seal that attaches the outer globe to the headlight assembly – reseal if necessary. Then reinstall.
If you have a large crack, or a hole from a rock or such, there is plastic resin which will seal the lens and increase its integrity. Plastic resin will also maintain a clear and safe appearance so it can pass inspection. Plastic resins can be found at your local hardware store or on your favorite internet search engine.
The biggest problems with plastic lenses is that they get cloudy and worn. This is usually caused by sun or UV damage and a mixture of acid rain or road debris and dirt. The sun breaks down and dries out plastic. It turns them cloudy and yellow and it only takes 2-3 years for this to happen on plastic headlight lenses. Acid rain will usually leave a characteristic line and either the top half or bottom half will be etched from it. Road debris and dirt will basically have a sand blasting effect on the lenses. All these conditions are considered severe weathering and will break down and ruin your headlights – it is just a matter of time. Its like cancer, once it starts to show it will get worse and worse. It will affect your night time visibility and has been proven to cause accidents due to poor visibility.
In the past you had to replace the cloudy headlights with expensive replacements at your local dealer who would charge $ 400 + and that does not include installation. Now there are headlight repair, cleaner and restoration kits that will do this. In under 20 minutes, in most cases, you can have new looking headlight lenses.
So there you have it – the best in headlight repair and headlight restoration. You now know how to remove condensation and water, how to patch scratches and holes, and how to get rid of the cloudy haze that affects 90% of plastic headlights. So go repair your headlights and increase your driving safety at night – you will be glad you did – the life you save may be your own!