Headlight Restoration

Cloudy Headlights

As a vehicle owner, you’ve probably noticed that your headlights aren’t as clear as they used to be. You may have even noticed that your old headlight lenses are making it harder to see at night. In the past, the only way to fix this would have been to completely replace the headlight lenses, but now that RGX offers professional headlight restoration, drivers have access to a cloudy headlight fix that’s much more cost-efficient.

Why Headlights Get Cloudy

When headlights are made, the manufacturer uses a special clear coat to protect the lenses and keep them clear. Over time, this coating fades away, leaving your headlights unprotected and causing them to become cloudy and murky-looking.

Most of the cloudiness seen in older headlight lenses is caused by the sun. Once the OEM headlight clear coat has worn off, UV rays begin to have an effect on the plastic that headlight lenses are made of. Uncoated headlights that are exposed to the sun can turn yellow in just a couple of years. And, even though parking your car in a shady spot can help protect headlights from UV rays, there are several other reasons why headlights can get foggy.

For example, smoke, exhaust, and chemicals floating through the air can all affect headlight clarity. Dirt and debris can also work their way into your headlights over time, causing small scratches, cracks, and dents. Plus, if the watertight seal on your headlights is broken, condensation can build up and affect how the light is distributed.

Signs Your Headlights Need to Be Restored

You may be wondering whether it’s possible to learn how to prevent cloudy headlights. While there are short term solutions you can try, like keeping your headlights clean and using headlight polish, headlight deterioration is one of those things that will inevitably happen given enough time.

With that in mind, when you start seeing the following signs, it might be time to consider getting your headlights restored:

  • You can see scratches or cracks in the headlight lenses
  • There is moisture inside the headlight lens
  • There is visible haze/discoloration of the headlight lense
  • You’ve noticed that it’s harder to see at night
  • Your headlights have been damaged by road debris or in an accident

Additionally, you may want to consider getting your headlights restored if you are preparing to sell or trade in your car, even if they are only a little bit cloudy.

Benefits of Headlight Restoration

The dangers of cloudy headlights are many, but the worst is that they can put you at greater risk for an accident at night or in bad weather. Restoring your headlights will not only improve your visibility but also:

  • Remove cloudiness, scratches, and dings
  • Restore the watertight seal around the lenses
  • Improve your vehicle’s resale value
  • Improve the appearance of your vehicle
  • Improve safety

Finally, restoring your headlights will save you a lot of money when compared to the cost of buying new headlight lenses.

Why Choose Professional Headlight Restoration?

There are plenty of DIY headlight restoration options involving the use of common household items like toothpaste or baking soda, but these are short term solutions at best. There are also a number of aftermarket headlight restoration kits, but these require a certain degree of technical knowledge and several hours of time. Plus, doing it yourself invites the risk of damaging your headlights or encountering wiring issues.

Headlight restoration is definitely something that’s best left to the professionals. At RGX Rim Repair, our technicians follow a strict process that not only restores your headlights, but ensures that they are protected against further damage. We meticulously clean each headlight to remove all residue and oxidation, before sanding, polishing, and waxing the entire surface. We finish by applying a clear coat and surface curing each lense to protect them from the elements.

We can resurface nearly any headlight, regardless of how cloudy or discolored it’s become. Plus, RGX Rim Repair also offers headlight tinting and taillight tinting at all our shop locations, so you can make sure your lights match your custom rims. For more information about headlight restoration, feel free to get in touch with us or schedule an appointment by calling 888-775-RIMS.

 

 

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