Headlight Restoration - Mothers
Exterior Plastics, Headlight & Trim Care
December 19, 2017
Interior Plastic Care
January 11, 2018

Headlight Restoration

Your vehicle’s headlights take a beating on the best of days. Sand, stones, and dirt all contribute to their dull and worn-down look. Regular car cleaning equipment has little to no effect on bringing back their shine, and Mothers® car polish products, like PowerPlastic 4Lights® are the perfect solution when fading and discoloration is minimal. However, you’ll need a better arsenal to restore headlights that are worse off. Enter our NuLens® Headlight Renewal Kit…

The restoration kit includes:
  • Powerball 4Lights® Quick Change Foam Polishing Tool
  • 3-inch Soft Flex Backing Plate
  • PowerPlastic 4Lights® Plastic Polish
  • 5 Quick Change “Severe Damage” Restoration Discs

Restoration in One Easy Step

(For headlights with minimal damage)

Use painter’s tape to mark off the surrounding paint area around the headlight.

Once you’ve attached the foam polishing tool to a cordless drill, apply a dab of plastic polish to its center.

Place the foam polishing tool on the headlight and start up the drill on its lowest setting. Working in small sections, slowly increase the speed of the drill. You can add more product as needed. Keep polishing until the surface of the headlight is clear, then buff with a dry microfiber towel.

Restoration for Severe Cases

You’ll know it’s time to bring out the big guns when your headlights still look yellowed and scratched after applying the above process. And by big guns, we mean the backing plate and sanding discs included in the NuLens® kit. The NuLens® renewal kit can safely be used on clear plastic trim like headlights, bug shields, taillights, and motorcycle windshields.

Before you begin, soak the 1500 and 800 grit pads in some water, keeping them there until you are ready to use them.

Start with a clean headlight, then using a spray bottle, evenly coat the lens with water. It’s important to keep the plastic wet while sanding. Place the backing plate to the drill and then the 800 grit sanding pad. Begin sanding by holding the pad to the headlight. If the lens starts to look hazy it means you’re doing it right. Once you’ve completed the entire headlight, all scratches and imperfections will be gone. If not, wet the surface again and repeat the sanding process.

Switch to the finer 1500 and after wetting, repeat the above sanding process. Dry the headlight and if there are still scratches, repeat. Remember that when using the 3000 grit pad you need to work on a dry lens and a slightly faster drill speed – 1300-1700 rpm works well.

The final step is to bring out the shine in your newly restored headlights, using our PowerPlastic 4Lights® polish and PowerBall 4Lights® polishing tool in the same way as the One-Step process outlined previously.