If it seems like your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be, they may have acquired a foggy residue that has dulled their glow. You may notice a dull yellow tinge to the headlights when you look closely.
The Science Behind Headlight Fog
Modern car headlights are made with polycarbonate material, not glass as you might think. Polycarbamate is tougher than glass so it prevents scratches and simply lasts longer. But it is not so resilient after years in the sun. UV rays degrade the layers of the material, leaving that unpleasant mustard haze. Fortunately, it is not a permanent condition.
Foggy Headlight Cleaning Supplies
There are foggy headlight cleaners on the market, but a few household items will do the trick as well. To clean your headlights, make sure you have baking soda or toothpaste, a few old rags, a bucket of water, and a soft-bristled brush.
Clean Headlights in Five Steps
- Dirt and grime kicks up from the road while you are driving. Wipe away any debris on the headlights first.
- Make sure the headlight surface is dry. Use one of your rags to wipe it clean so no moisture remains.
- If using baking soda to clean, mix it with water to make an abrasive paste or use toothpaste. Apply the cleaner across the entire surface of the headlight. You may have to lay it on thick in areas where the headlights are extra dirty. Leave the cleaner on the headlight lens for a few minutes until it is dry to the touch.
- Use the soft-bristled brush to scrub the surface in a consistent circular motion. The more you scrub the more the yellowish haze will disappear.
- With a clean towel and water wash, off your homemade headlight cleaner. Clean it until thoroughly dry.
Aside from the dazzling appearance this car detailing technique offers your vehicle, it also will improve the brightness of your headlights when you drive at night. You will notice the difference.
For expert foggy headlight cleaning in Morrison, CO, call the pros at RJ’s Auto Body Shop.