In today’s roadways, yellow headlights are an issue for both aesthetic and serious safety concerns. According to the National Highway Safety, high mortality rates of vehicular accidents happen at night due to visibility problems. These issues frequently occur for people residing in rural communities as there are fewer lights around the roadway compared to a larger city. Being able to see well while driving and arriving home safely are equally important. For this reason, every driver should be aware on how to clean yellow headlights.
With regular use, headlights become yellow, cloudy and foggy. Apart from the compromised clarity of yellow headlights, it may also look downright shabby. However, it is nearly impossible for all car owners to replace and discard headlights as it is too expensive. Over time, headlights may appear scratched, cloudy and yellow which can be a safety hazard.
Headlights are exposed to the sun’s heat and debris from the road. Other environmental factors such as car exhaust, smog, UV rays and strong chemicals allow headlight lenses to become degraded and oxidized over time. This results in yellow tinted headlights that appear hazy, cloudy or foggy. Not only that the lenses look shabby but they are also unsafe. This allows lesser light to pass through resulting in diminished visibility at night.
The process of how to clean yellow headlights is fairly easy. The best approach is to look for a reliable cleaning solution and a soft cloth. For minimal dirt, you can simply use a common dishwasher detergent or a glass cleaner. However, if your headlight already has some oxidation, then it is best to use a cleaning solution that is suited for the purpose. There are several cleaning products available in auto parts shop or you may ask for help from the sales person to recommend an effective product.
Make sure to use a soft cloth like an old t-shirt or a chami cloth. Pay particular attention to the instructions provided on your cleaning solution regarding how to clean headlights. Spray the solution onto the yellow headlights and rub the area with your soft cotton cloth in circular motions. Repeat the whole process until you get the desired result.
Utilize masking tape to cover painted areas around the lens of the headlights to protect it from the chemicals used. Use sandpaper to get rid of any yellowing scratches and cloudiness in the surface. Wash the headlights and dry them using a microfiber cloth. Apply a plastic polish and rub each headlight cover in a horizontal motion. Wipe the surface with a clean, dry soft cloth and check each lens for clarity. Re-polish the headlights if necessary in a vertical motion. Repeat until you meet the desired results.
Wash your car with the use of a wax-stripping agent and re-wax it. The acrylic headlights of the car will require some wax coating to protect and seal them; a synthetic wax is great for acrylic headlight lenses, so purchase some synthetic wax for the headlight covers even if you are utilizing natural wax for other areas of your car.