3 Do It Yourself Headlight Restoration Tricks and Tips!


Headlights are one the most important but often overlooked parts of our cars. Headlights help us see through inclement weather, warn and signal other drivers and more importantly inform oncoming traffic that you are on your way! Even as essential as they are most American’s don’t tend to them as much as you may think. According to an AAA study, only 20 percent of Americans have had deteriorated headlights refinished. Here are some Do It Yourself Tips that you can do at home until your next visit with us to keep your headlights performing as sound and “bright” as you need it.


When do you need to clean your headlights?

Headlights naturally become yellow or foggy over time due to oxidation, so after several years of owning your car you may see them start to organically shift in hue, which is nothing to be alarmed by. But, it is definitely a sign that it might be time to clean them. Also, you may notice it’s getting harder and harder to see during the night, even with your headlights on AND your new glasses or corrective lens prescription, that may also be another telling sing that your headlights need some Tender, Love and Care.


3 Household items that get the Job Done


1. Toothpaste: Hopefully everyone has this household item readily available, but just how toothpaste removes particles from the enamel of your teeth, it does the same for your headlights, in the form of removing stains made of dirt and dust that gets trapped in your headlights over time. To clean your headlights using the toothpaste method, you will need the following: Car wax, Masking tape, Plastic or vinyl gloves (optional for those with sensitive skin), Soft cloth, Toothpaste (any kind) and Water.

2. Baking Soda: As one of the main ingredients of toothpaste, baking soda is another great item that you probably already have on hand that can do the trick. Utilizing baking soda to clean your headlights takes all of 5 minutes and literally only requires two ingredients. Water and Baking Soda, that’s it!

3. Dish Soap: One of the more traditional ways of cleaning your headlights is just using soap and water. Materials needed are: warm water, a bucket, dish soap and a sponge. You can clean your headlights by thoroughly scrubbing them with the sponge and dish soap then washing them off and repeating the process.


Surprisingly while doing our research on this topic, there are actually over 10 household items that can fix your pesky dirty headlight problem from canned Coke to bug spray. But as always, feel free to always schedule with your trusted service professionals at Crown Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram.

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