They say the eyes are the windows to one's soul and if that's the case, you can probably draw parallels to a car's headlights - more so if you're a car nut!
Yellow and oxidised headlights generally denotes a car that has spent much of its life under the sun often without care - regardless of how well the internals are maintained, and we all know how that's going to affect the resale value of that vehicle!
Polycarbonate headlights oxidise due to the exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. It's probably worst on the headlights compared to every other surfaces on the vehicle simply because the reflectors too tend to reflect the sun's rays and cook the plastic lens from inside out.
Not only is a yellow headlight unattractive but it also can be potentially very dangerous as it reduces the amount of light that is shining through the lens at night.
Question is, what can you do about it? The quick and easy fix is to send it to a car detailing or car accessories shop. These shops can typically sand off the layer of oxidised polycarbonate and polish it up to a brand new finish.
A general inquiry around the Klang Valley reveals that prices range from roughly RM80 to RM100 per headlight. The car accessories shops would even offer an optional headlight "wrap", either clear or colour-tinted, that would further protect against future oxidation by acting as a sacrificial layer. Of course, this comes at extra charge and is beyond the scope of this post.
The second option is to buy a headlight restoration kit and do it yourself. Big names in the autocare industry like Meguiar's and 3M sells those - and they don't come cheap! That's where the Visbella DIY Headlight Restoration Kit comes in. Priced at under RM60, the Visbella DIY Headlight Restoration Kit comes with everything you need to get your headlights (yes, two headlights and probably more) restored.
The Visbella kit comes with six hook and loop sanding disc with three different grits 800 grit, 1,200 grit and 2,000 grit, a drill shank adaptor with a hook and loop backing plate, a hook and loop foam polishing pad, a hand-applicator foam pad, two packets of polishing paste and two packets of protectant liquid.
Depending on the condition of your headlights or whether you're hand-polishing or polishing with a drill, we would advise that you start off with the least abrasive sanding grit or just go straight to the polishing paste for mildly oxidised headlights. You can always go back and sand off the oxidised layer if it's still not clear. The polishing paste itself is also mildly abrasive and is more than enough to remove slightly oxidised headlights.
Prior to doing any work on your headlights, be sure to wash and dry the headlights and tape up the surrounding painted areas around the headlights with the masking tape to prevent scratches. There's an included tape in the kit but we advise you apply two or more layers of masking tape to prevent scratches to the painted surface - masking tape is far cheaper than clearcoat or other plastic trims!
The final step is simply to apply the included protectant and keep it dry for the next 24 hours to guard against further UV oxidation. Reapply every couple of months to maintain the effectiveness of the protectant.
If you've been finding another few more reasons to buy that electric drill, the Makita MT M0600G now also comes bundled with the Visbella Headlight Restoration Kit!
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