Why Should You Bother Cleaning Your Headlights?

Behind the wheel, anything that compromises your ability to see can also compromise your safety. Over time, headlights accumulate dirt and grime just like the other areas of your car, truck, van or SUV. Before you go and purchase a new set of headlights, however, consider a headlight restoration process from Capitol Shine.

Many times, it’s possible to restore your headlights to near-factory condition without the hassle of installing a new set. If your headlights appear cloudy, yellowed or hazy, start with a simple car wash. If after the wash your lamps are still looking discolored, it may be time for a restoration.

Haziness and Yellowing

Headlights are generally made of a polycarbonate plastic which, although durable, can start to break down over time. Just like the paint and plastic components of your vehicle, UV rays wear down the top layers of the headlight plastic which makes is susceptible to scratches and fading. When the hardcoat of your headlights start to wear off, that’s where hazy areas start to appear. The “yellowing” of your headlights is also caused by the loss and deterioration of this hardcoat, and has to do with the distortion of UV wavelengths.

Water Vapor and Dirt

This also plays a part in your headlight condition. Moisture from the trapped air in your headlights creates condensation which can scatter the light beam, making it more dim. In addition, the more you drive, the more your headlights are exposed to dirt and oxidation. A thin layer of dirt may not be visible to the naked eye, but it can certainly affect the brightness of your beams. Rocks and pebbles that hit your lamps can cause dents and cracks, which also aid in preventing your headlights from shining their brightest.

What to do

As previously mentioned, the first step is giving your headlights a nice cleaning, along with the rest of your vehicle. If your headlights need extra attention after the wash, consider having Capitol Shine perform a restoration on your lamps. Our headlight restoration can restore headlights and make them look new.
Clean headlights:

  • Make nighttime driving safer
  • Provide greater visibility
  • Last longer
  • Can look like new!

Even better, at Capitol Shine, our trained professionals can have you in and out in under an hour. After your headlights have been restored, consider adding a layer of protective coating like Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro or Opti-Coat Pro to keep them looking like new. Headlight Restoration prices start at $65 per headlight.

To book your Headlight Restoration or to schedule an estimate for a protective coating like Ceramic ProOpti-Coat ProPaint Protection Film or any of our other services, please head over to our scheduling page or click the button below to make an appointment! Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to insure time and date.