Monday, April 5, 2010
I have been wanting to clean Taj's headlights up for sometime now and today just seemed like a good day to do it.
I purchased the Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit for right around $20 a couple months back.
The kit has almost everything needed to complete the project with the exception of a drill motor. A rechargeable 3/8" drill is the perfect tool for this job as it spins slow enough to not do damage to the plastic headlight lense.
The image above is a before shot. It doesn't show the true story though. The headlights had a very yellow color to the lenses and look much worse in person than this picture portrays. The clouding and color comes from constant exposure to sun, polution and other contaminants. It is a very common problem and quite simple to fix.
This picture was taken after about 15 minutes of work with the Meguiar's Kit. The blue tape is the easy removal painter's masking tape. I put it there to protect the other areas while working on the lights.
The process is simple. Mask off the area, apply the compound to the drill mounted buffing pad then carefully work the area with it at slow speed until you are satisfied with the results.
There are many other ways to do this, but the Meguiar's kit worked well enough for me and the results were decent.