When maintaining the condition of your vehicle, make sure that your headlights are in good shape as well. Headlights are crucial to you and your passengers’ safety. Always keep your headlights clean and bright.
Most headlights are made of durable and scratch-resistant polycarbonate plastic. Over time, the polycarbonate plastic tends to get a bit hazy due to several factors. Since it is constantly under the sun, UV rays gradually damage the outer layer of the plastic.
This reduces the candlepower of the bulbs causing poor visibility during nighttime, which can ultimately lead to potential accidents. Fortunately, there are ways and products that can help restore the brightness of your headlights.
Here are some easy steps you can follow to keep our headlights in top condition.
- Clean – Wipe off the dirt and oil that are smeared all over your headlights using a glass cleaner or soap and water. You can use KevianClean Car Wash Shampoo to clean the area and let it dry afterward.
- Secure – Place a tape around the headlights to protect your car paint from the next step. Another option is to remove the headlights for cleaning. However, you will have to align it after reinstallation which takes more effort.
- Sand – The next step is to use a sandpaper to thoroughly scrub off the outer layer of the mist. After this process, your headlights should be clean of any residue, free from yellowish discoloration and rough surface.
- Polish – Clean the sandpaper marks and polish the lenses. Use KevianClean Quick Wax on your headlights to repel dirt and water.
- Apply a sealant – Sanding eliminates the protective layer of the headlight. Applying a UV sealant will prevent your lights from fogging up again.
Headlights are prone to accumulating dirt and grime. You need to regularly clean and wipe off the surface of the lens as often as possible.
Another lighting problem may be attributed to a loose wiring due to road movement. When the lighting assembly vibrates, it can also cause the bulbs of the headlights to shake which can lead to lighting problems. If this often happens to your vehicle, check the lighting assembly and make sure that all screws and hardware are secured tight.
The lighting assembly is made of sealed plastic material which protects it from exterior factors. However, just like any other material, it is also prone to cracks and other damages over time. Moisture can also build up inside the lighting assembly. Once the moisture comes in contact with the hot glass of the bulb, the tendency is for the bulb to blow.
If you notice a leak of moisture, have it fixed immediately. Otherwise, you’ll end up shelling out extra money for light bulbs more often than needed.