Did you know that there’s more to maintaining your headlights than just changing the bulbs? Failure to clean your headlights when they become cloudy can cause your beams to dim and could ultimately result in an accident due to poor visibility. Fortunately, cleaning your cloudy headlights is a lot easier than you might think. Here’s how to do it.
What You’ll Need:
- Microfiber Towels
- Soft Bristle Brush
- Baking Soda or Cleaning Agent
Before you begin cleaning, first clear your headlights of any dirt, mud, leaves, or dead bugs. Attempting to clean with any of these things present could scratch your headlights and cause even more damage.
Apply Cleaning Agent
Next simply apply your cleaning agent to the headlights. You can use a cleaner specifically designed for auto care. If you don’t have any, toothpaste or dish soap will work just fine. If using a powder, like baking soda, mix it with water to make a paste. Use the brush to apply the cleaner in a circular motion, covering the entire headlight surface.
Wipe Off and Repeat, if Necessary
As you brush, you should start to see the cloudiness or yellowing starting to disappear and the headlight becoming clearer. Wipe off the cleaner with a dry towel. If any cloudiness remains, repeat with more cleaner and brushing.
Once you’re satisfied that the headlights are clear, use water to thoroughly rinse away the cleaner.
Use the microfiber towel to gently dry and polish your headlights. If they still aren’t completely clear, repeat the entire process until you’re satisfied with the results.
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To protect your headlights from future fogging or yellowing, consider applying a protectant. Car wax and plastic protectants are a great defense against developing cloudy headlights. There are also special products on the market that are made specifically for this purpose.
Don’t keep driving around with cloudy headlights. And, if you aren’t sure if yours are cloudy or not, check them now! The solution is fast and simple.
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