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Headlamps - Basic Process

Cloudy and milky headlamps are one of the most common issues that we see.  In some states, cars must pass mandatory safety inspections and if there is not enough light output, the car fails inspection.  While every car make, model, and model year can be different, we strive to provide some general guidelines so that you can choose the correct method to restore headlamps to a like-new condition.

Some dealers will claim that the cloudiness is on the inside of the lamp and that replacement lamps, which can cost several hundred dollars, are needed.  In most cases (99.5%), that is entirely untrue.   Generally, with headlamps with this issue, a small amount of Acrylic-Werks Polish and 10-20 minutes of your time is all that is required to restore them to a clear condition. 

We have cleaned hundreds of headlamps with this product.  As previously stated, the vast majority of headlamps can be cleaned with the general application process.  If that does not work, a sanding process may be necessary. 

So the big question is, how do you tell you tell which process to use, basic or sanding?  It’s actually pretty easy in most instances.  Take a look at the headlamps.   If they are yellowed or simply cloudy, they can usually be restored using the basic application process.  If the headlamps show signs of a coating which appears to be peeling or flaking, it usually indicates a failing clear coat and sanding will be the best option for this situation. (see the headlamp-sanding process instructions)

For the basic process, simply following the general application guidelines as shown in the video on this page. 

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us.

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