When your headlights become hazy due to constant exposure to the sun, rain, and dirt, you can refinish them using the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer. The kit comes with:
1. A bottle of lens clarifying compound
2. A bottle of spray lube
3. Four sanding discs
4. One sealant wipe
You’ll also need three or four terry cloths and some painter’s tape.
Before you begin the process, you should thoroughly wash your headlights. Removing the excess dirt will help you get to the yellow haze on the headlight. Once you have washed and dried the headlights, you are ready to start the restoration process.
Step 1: First, use either painter’s tape or masking tape to cover the painted area around the headlight. The products you will be using are somewhat abrasive, and if you’re not careful, they can certainly scratch the paint of your vehicle. If your headlights are not surrounded by painted material and you feel comfortable with applying mild pressure with fine grit sandpaper to the area, you can continue to step two.
Step 2: Apply a small amount of the lens clarifying compound to clean terry cloth. Using a straight back and forth motion, and firm pressure, apply the clarifying compound to the headlight housing. Depending on the size of your headlight, you may need to apply the additional compounds. Continue “scrubbing” your headlights for 1-3 minutes, depending on their size.
Step 3: Immediately after scrubbing your headlights with this compound, wipe them clean with a clean terry cloth. When you look at the rag, you should see a yellow substance that you’ve just removed from your headlight. You should also notice that your headlights are considerably less hazy.
You might find that this step is sufficient for your headlights and that you are now happy with how they look; however, if your headlights are heavily soiled or hazy, you should continue to the next step. It is recommended that you complete this step on both headlights (or all four depending on what type of vehicle you have) before moving onto the next step.
Steps 4 through 5 should be performed on each headlight individually prior to moving onto the next headlight. In other words, start with the driver’s side headlight, completing steps 4-5, and then move to the passenger headlight, also completing steps 4-5. Then, proceed to step 6.
Step 4: Spray a generous amount of the Spray Lube to the Level 1 pad (the green pad) as well as directly onto the lens you are restoring. Using a back-and-forth motion, applying firm pressure, rub the headlight back and forth with this pad. The pad is essentially fine sandpaper, which is going to remove the haze from the outermost layer of your headlights.
Continue this step until most of the oxidation is removed. Again, when completing this step, you should see a yellow/white substance being removed from the headlight. As the headlight becomes dry, spray more of the Spray Lube to the headlight housing as well as the pad. It is important to keep the headlight moist as you complete this step, in order to avoid damage to the headlight. Out of the four pads, you will spend the most time using this pad, as it will be the one actually removing the haze from the headlight. The purpose of the remaining pads is really to smooth out the surface of the headlight housing.
Step 5: Immediately after using the level 1 pad, move onto the level 2 pad. Using the same procedure, spray a generous amount of the spray lube onto both the pad and the headlight. Applying firm pressure, and moving back and forth in the opposite direction as the level 1 pad, “scrub” the headlight for at least one minute. Depending on the size of the headlight, the amount of time will vary. Again, make sure you’re keeping the lens and the scrubbing pad moist during this process. Also, it’s important to scrub in an opposite direction with the level 2 pad, as this will help ensure a smooth headlight surface when the restoration process is complete.
Once you are finished with the first two pads, continue with pads 3 and 4. Apply the same pressure with all four pads, and make sure you use each pad for at least one minute. When we refinished these headlights on our 1994 Acura Integra, we alternated a back-and-forth motion and a circular motion on all four headlights, and they turned out great.
Step 6: Dry each lens with a cotton terry towel. Once each lens is dry, using a clean terry cloth, apply a small amount of the lens clarifying compound to the headlight and rub thoroughly. Ensure that you apply the compound to any portion of the headlight you’ve just sanded, otherwise you will be left with hazy patches. Once you’ve done this on all headlights, put on the plastic glove, open the sealing wipe, and using a back and forth motion, coat each of the headlights with the sealing wipe.
Allow the headlights to dry, which could take up to 24 hours. Try not to drive while the headlights are curing. If possible, complete this process on a Saturday morning, and then leave your car parked in a garage for 24 hours while the sealant cures. If you must drive, don’t worry, you’ll probably be fine. You simply want to avoid scratching the headlight or catching dirt in the wet headlight.
The process is now complete, and you should notice a huge difference in both the look as well as the performance of your headlights. The first time we drove at night after restoring these headlights, we had to keep checking to make sure we weren’t driving with our high beams on. Not to mention, they look brand new. We highly recommend the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Kit!