Imagine traveling on a dark road late at night. Clouds have enveloped the moon and prevented the stars from shining through. There are dimly lit lampposts struggling to show you the way. It is dark and there is hardly enough light to guide you along your way. That would be a terrible time to have oxidized headlights right? Oxidation can cast a misty fog over your plastic lenses and decrease the efficacy of your headlights. The UV coating on your lenses has deteriorated causing yellowing and cloudiness. This is a common problem scene by many cars and is quite is to remedy. Here is how to clean oxidized plastic headlights:
Safety first. This may be a simple, routine job but accidents can and do happen so exercising caution and proper safety measures is just be smart and careful. Park your car next to the curb or in your garage. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid stopping on highways or busy streets. If you do this at night, make sure you are in a well-lighted place so that people can see you working. Put the car in “park,” engage the hand break and turn off the engine. Do not forget to switch off the lights because leaving them on can drain the battery. Remember to check your headlights before leaving so that you can remedy the situation before you leave.
Cleaning your headlights. You will need a soft cloth, like the chami cloth you keep in your car or an old shirt. Paper towels and napkins do not work because they can scratch the surface of your plastic headlight. Take your headlight cleaner and apply some on the headlight. You can easily find these at a gas station or car supplies shop. Take your soft cloth and wipe the cleaner all over the cloudy part of your headlight. You may have to scrub for a little while, until you can remove all the fog. When you are done, remove excess headlight cleaner with a towel. Your plastic headlights should be good as new, free of any oxidation.
Using toothpaste. Now, if you do not have professional headlight cleaner with your and absolutely need to go but your plastic headlights are really badly oxidized, there is another way to clean them. Get some toothpaste. Preferably, not the gel kind. Better if it is the white toothpaste. Take a soft cloth and wet it so that it is a little damp. Apply some toothpaste on to your damp cloth. Rub it all over your plastic headlights. Continue wiping your headlights until the discoloration is gone and there are no more scratches.
Oxidized plastic headlights can be a real danger to you and other motorists. Your lights were there to help you navigate dark places and anything that hinders that should be dealt with immediately. Fortunately, it is very easy to clean oxidized plastic headlights. All you need is some headlight cleaner or toothpaste and a soft cloth and you will be able to fix the problem in no time.