How To: Professional Headlight Restoration for Amazing Results

octanedetailing/ February 13, 2018/ Blog, Car Care Tips, Detailing

Are your headlights hazy or even yellow from oxidation? As your headlights fade, the amount of light they emit becomes less, and before you know it, driving at night becomes difficult and dangerous. Not to mention, your car’s “eyes” begin to look tired and worn out. Octane Detailing can fix this for you in just a couple of hours.

Why Have Your Headlights Restored?

  • Improved Driver Safety – The beams of light emitted can be reduced by as much as 70% with headlights that are cloudy and hazy.
  • Improved Appearance – An inexpensive way to make your tired car look new again.
  • Save Money – The cost to replace the average headlight is $250. Headlight restoration is much cheaper.

DIY Kits vs. Professional Restoration
You can of course purchase a DIY kit form the local auto parts store or even from, but these kits require time, effort, skill and often more materials than they come with to get the job done correctly. Today’s headlights also have much more complicated shapes to them, making the process even more difficult.

How We Do It
For the best possible results, there is no better process for your headlights than that done by a professional. Here is an overview of the tools, materials and process required for professional restoration of your headlights…

  • Automotive masking tape
  • 800 Grit Sandpaper
  • 1500 Grit Sandpaper
  • 3000 Grit Sandpaper
  • Compound
  • Polish
  • 3-Inch Electric Sander/Polisher
  • Foam Polishing Pads
  • UV Protective Coating

Step 1: Clean the headlights and mask off the surrounding body panels with automotive masking tape.

Step 2: Machine sand the headlights with 800 Grit Sandpaper. This process removes the layer of oxidized headlight lens material.

Step 3: Machine sand the headlights with 1500 Grit Sandpaper. This process removes sanding marks left behind by the previous step.

Step 4: Machine sand the headlights with 3000 Grit Sandpaper This process removes sanding marks left behind by the previous step.

Step 5: Machine compound and polish the headlights if needed.

Step 6: Apply UV coating to prevent oxidation from occurring again. It’s important to let it dry for at least an hour before touching and not to get it wet for at least 24 hours.

Now your car has like new headlights again, but more importantly, improved lighting and vision at night. If you have any questions about the process or would like to schedule a headlight restoration appointment, contact Chris at (818) 975-0028 or