We haven’t seen such an article here lately, so I wanted to touch on it as it is normally fairly simple to do and greatly improves the look of any car. While headlight lenses can get severely faded and require extensive restoration, many times they can be quickly improved to provide the finishing touch on any detail job. I’ll mainly let the photos do the talking here, but I will start off below with a little about our process.
Normally we use the Flex 3401 polisher, so unless the headlights are an odd shape or hard to reach, we will simply stick with the 3401 and use a 5″ Lake Country Purple Foamed Wool Pad with M105 or M100. Even a quick few passes with this combination will correct the lens really well and leave a great finish, so we try to do it on every detail job where the lenses seem a bit swirled or hazed. As mentioned, below are some of the photos we took recently while doing a paint correction on a gorgeous yellow GT2. Sorry in advance for the half-decent photos, for some reason they didn’t come out well inside the garage.
Taping to show half/half
M100 applied to the purple foam wool pad on the Flex 3401
After only about 1 minute of polishing
Results are amazing and no reason not to do this along with polishing the paint
We didn’t tape off any of the paintwork because we were polishing the paint with the same pad & polish combination, but we did the headlights first to make sure no marring is left on the paint. Below is a photo of the whole GT2 after two stages of paint correction and application of Opti-Coat.
Now that you’ve seen the fancy car, let’s show you a real garage queen :). Below is a used and abused Nissan with severely faded headlights, but it was greatly improved with the same process we performed on the Porsche. Some polishing and the headlights quickly went from this:
The level of clarity was night and day and the owner also reported the light output being noticeably higher driving home that night.
That’s all for now, my only intention here is to show that a very simple and quick process can result in better looks, clarity and a great increase in light output for safety. I hope to soon cover a more detailed headlight restoration article utilizing wet sanding, polishing and coating for durable protection.