What Causes Your Headlights To Look Ugly
As mentioned above, many of our Houston clients come to us asking about their headlights and why the inside of their lenses are worn out. At first glance it does look like the lense are damaged from the inside, but it’s actually the outside of the lens. All modern cars have a clear protective coating on them when they roll out the factory (just like theirs a protective coating on the paint, called the clear coat).
Considering the heat that Houston produces, your headlights are exposed to maximum heat- and if you park your car directly in the sun for most of the day, that’s only going to add to the damage. Because of the material of the headlights, the clear coat on them don’t last nearly as much as the clear coat on the paint.
So if you drive your while it’s burning hot outside, park it outside in the sun, and you don’t have reliable protection on it, then your headlights are going to get worn out FAST. Even if you bought a new pair of headlights (and dished out the hundreds of dollars it costs to buy a new set), you would have the same problems a few months later.
Common Myths About Fixing Your Headlights
There seems to be a lot of myths that you can fix headlights with simple tools and household items. Now don’t get me wrong, you will see improved results, but none of which will be great or long-term results. The more common and popular method is toothpaste and a towel. The toothpaste has some level of grit to it that will act as abrasives, that is what actually cleans the headlights. However, it is no where near the level it needs to be to completely clean the junk off your headlights.
Next common method would be a bug repellent such as Off and a towel. Essentially, all the repellent is doing is covering the haziness for a very short amount of time. Not only that, but your headlights will feel sticky once the bug repellent fully dries.
The Other Detailers And They’re Process
I know many other local detailers- many of which I would be happy to recommend to our clients. Unfortunately, those detailers I trust are only a handful compared to the many others who have no idea what they’re doing on your car. Many other detailers will simply use a detailing kit found at the local autoparts store. There’s nothing wrong with using a kit like that, but when you’re paying someone to do it for you, and to get you the best results possible, it doesn’t really make sense to use novice kits.
How To Prevent And Maintain Your Headlights
Honestly, keeping your headlights in a like-new condition can be a bit tricky. Typical waxes and sealants will only protect your car for so long. In the best conditions, meaning you keep your car under shade most of the time, the wax or sealant could last 4 to 6 months. If your car takes a beating everyday, then you can expect about 30 days to 3 months of protection. Since you can’t see the protection, the only time you’ll know if your headlights don’t have protection is when they’re turning ugly again.
What you’ll want to do is either apply sealant or wax to your headlights every 3 to 5 weeks. This can be as easy as taking a waterless product, spraying it on the headlights, wiping it off with a towel, and then applying your choice of sealant or wax. But the hardest part is remembering to protect your headlights every 3 to 5 weeks and to keep doing it on a consistent basis.