When you drive at night, do you have a hard time seeing the road? The sun, rain, and road conditions may have taken their toll on your acrylic headlights and caused them to turn cloudy. Severely foggy headlights can reduce visibility by up to 50 percent. On top of this, hazy headlights are just plain ugly. Foggy headlights are a risk to other motorists who are in the oncoming lane. Is it time to clear the fog from your foggy headlights? Let’s uncover the reasons why your headlights get foggy and what you can do to stop it.
What Causes Foggy Headlights?
In the early 1990’s the auto industry change over from glass headlights to plastic headlights. This change certainly had its advantages and disadvantages. Manufacturers switched because plastic headlines were more durable and cheaper to make and replace. One of the most visible problems that came with plastic headlights is that they get oxidized. The oxidization may look foggy, cloudy, yellow and in some cases, you can physically feel the roughness on the headlight lens. This restricts the light that they reflect.
How to Keep Headlights from Turning Yellow?
Park your car in the shade, if possible, park in the garage or under a shady tree. If you don’t have that option, face your headlights away from the sun when parking outside to reduce UV exposure and slow the oxidizing process. Wash your car and every three months, wash the headlights with automotive soap to clean away dirt and chemicals that promote fogging. Polish the headlights by using a non-abrasive polishing medium and a microfiber cloth to polish your headlight lenses and remove early signs of yellowing. If this process does not work, you may need to bring your care to a professional for a more abrasive compound and buffing rather than using a DIY process.
Professional Headlight Restoration
The results from DIY headlight cleaning only last about a month. The abrasive chemicals remove the oxidation, but they don’t protect against future yellowing. Professional headlight restoration is more effective. It involves sanding the headlight to remove the oxidization. Polishing the headlights to remove scratches. Sealing the headlights with a clear coat of wax. The clear coat will act as a barrier to repel surface damage and UV rays. It will also provide lasting clarity and many years of protection against oxidation. Also fixing the headlight’s watertight seal so condensation cannot form inside the lens should be done.
Bring in a Professional, Like Bailey’s
Having fully functional headlights is very important. Foggy headlights reduce the amount of light directed in front of you and make it harder for oncoming traffic to judge your distance.
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