How To Repair Foggy Headlights DIY
If you were curious about how to repair foggy headlights, or restore any automotive plastic for that matter, you’ve just hit the jackpot you lucky bastard. “But Yospeed, I hate working on my car and I don’t like getting dirt under my nails!” Well that’s too f*&king bad Suzy, because we’re about to embark on a journey of testosterone filled man-on-car action.
When you’ve finished skimming through the photos and ignoring all the blocks of text below, you’ll be a certified headlight restoration badass.
What you’ll need:
- Meguiars Headlight Restoration Kit
- Meguiars Ultimate Detailer
(any detailer will work, but we love Meguiars and you should too)
- Power Drill (We opted for Ryobi)
- Microfiber towels… Lots of them.
- Optional: Blue Tape
The Bad and the Ugly
As you can see, our 2006 Honda Civic Si (incredibly fast import with 9000JZ swap) is starting to show it’s age. You’re probably wondering where this white haze comes from. It’s actually quite simple:
When you’re traveling down the road in super-vtec mode, road debris and other particles bombard your headlights as well as your front bumper and hood. This leaves microscopic blemishes in the surface finish. They’re too small for the naked eye to detect, but eventually they build up to the point where there are enough small imperfections in the surface that light is reflected in different directions, causing the “hazy” look. This is the same effect observed when looking at old paint in many cases, but we’ll cover that another day.
To counteract the damage, Meguiars has formulated an incredible miracle cure known as “plastix”. It’s a compound that works away at the ridges in the craters to slowly round out and smooth the edges away so your headlights have a uniform, flat surface again. This restores the shine.
Enough science. Let’s get down to work repairing these foggy headlights.
- DO: Repeat step 4 as needed. One pass probably won’t be enough to remove the deep scratches in the surface.
- DO: Take extra caution not to buff your paint using plastix. Meguiars has a ton of other great products for that.
- DO: Apply Meguiars headlight protectant or Opti-Coat afterwards. This will protect your freshly restored headlight from future UV damage.
- DO NOT: Let the buffer sit on one area for too long. This is not a dual-action buffer we’re using, so take care not to burn any areas.
As you can see from our before and after comparison below, we’ve completely dominated the foggy bastards. Now that you know how to repair foggy headlights, you have no excuse not to do it yourself. Unless you have a new car or your car has some kind of crazy x-ray vision and doesn’t need headlights. Either way, you’ve just earned your certification in headlight restoration badassery. Congratulations.
Before (0/10, would not bang):
After (10/10, CLEAN AS F*CK):
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