Ask the Auto Detailing Expert – Dean York

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Why Do Headlights Become Hazy, Cloudy or Yellowed?

You may clean and keep your car in top shape, but perhaps you notice that your headlights are becoming fogged up despite your best efforts to keep them clean. So, why do headlights become hazy, cloudy or yellowed even when you keep them clean?

Plastic

There was a time when headlights were made of glass. Those days are long gone. They are now made of hard plastics that are specifically tempered for the job. This material is known as polycarbonate plastic. It is very strong, but it also is naturally porous. To combat this, the manufacturer of your headlights covered them with a protective film. The film works well for a few years, but then starts to degrade. Given the fact it is exposed to heat from the bulb, UV rays from constant exposure to the sun and harsh chemicals that come up off the road, it probably should not be a surprise that the film eventually fades. Regardless, this allows the plastic to become oxidized, which gives the headlights the foggy look

Big Problem

Most people believe the foggy headlight is a problem simply because for cosmetic reasons. While this is definitely true, there is also a safety issue involved. The oxidation of the plastic headlight causes the light output from the internal bulbs to be diffused. This effectively means that the beam from each headlight is weakened, and produces a reduced area of coverage. The less you can see, the more chance there is of you having an accident.

Solutions

The first thought you might have when it comes to fixing your headlights is simply to buy new ones. The cost for this can be both significant and unnecessary for you. Fortunately, there is another option that is nowhere near as expensive and it works very will most of the time.

Our headlamp restoration system repairs any hazy, yellow or cloudy headlight. The key is to remove the damaged film and replace it with a protective coating that will return the headlight to its original condition.

You don’t need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on replacements if your headlights have become yellow, hazy or cloudy. With our system, you can spend a fraction of the price and have your headlights looking – and seeing – like-new once again.

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