Headlight Restoration

How important is you and your family's safety while driving at night!   So the basics: An Ultra Violet (UV) coating is applied in the factory over the headlight lenses, this will help protect these newer plastic headlights and also taillight lenses from the sun's harmful UV rays. This is so important here in South Florida where the sun beats so fiercely.  There was a lot of research and development originally to create these new Acrylic / Polycarbonate lenses as well as the UV coating that the manufacturers applied to them.   That being said the majority of headlight manufacturers test these lens to give around 5 years of longevity. It is worth noting that the U.S. government only requires auto headlight lenses to last 3 years before becoming clouded or foggy.   It is also with knowing that the US government also has laws in place that prohibit the placement or adhering of any product or film that may diminish or distort the required distance that your headlight beams should reach; here in Florida: Low Beams 150' feet and High Beams 450' feet. Ref: Statutes   Over time the UV coating develops a thin layer of oxidation over the surface of the lenses, a combination of road grime, oil fumes and other air-borne contaminants gets baked onto the lenses with the aid of heat form the headlights themselves. In due course this oxidation will damage the factory UV coating and then the real oxidation degradation of the headlight lens will begin at this point resurfacing them will be your only option. Simple oxidation removal will remove the oxidation, but cannot repair the damage to the UV coating or the dilapidation of the acrylic lens. That is why it is best to have the headlights restored by de-oxidizing them in the early stages, way before it starts to affect your headlight beam and range of view.   Once your headlights become foggy or misted over, your line vision is somewhat decreased at night and in inclement weather. Therefore, it is important that your headlights are not cloudy so you get a sharp clear beam of light allowing the best vison possible.   “I can do that myself”                    “I will get me one of those headlight cleaning kits.” Ok all so well and good if that is  what you want to do, but please consider.
  • Not everyone has the right skill set to get through all the steps properly that is required in the kits.
  • Will you get it right the first time?
  • Will the first kit you buy work to your satisfaction or will you have to buy two or three different Headlight Restoration Kits to get the results you want?
This can be a costly exercise let alone your time and labor involved. We go out to clients on a regular basis that have already tried to clean up their headlights but not achieved satisfactory results.   Some of these kits involve abrasives such as auto paint compounds that are too rough and will damage and or totally remove the factory UV Coating, and as we said previously, this coating is designed to protect the light lens itself. It is likely that if you remove the factory UV protection without applying some sort of other UV lens protectant, then your acrylic lenses will start to slowly degrade once more.   If waxes or compounds are applied, please note that buffing can embed the waxes into the plastic and any surface film that is applied after that may not adhere well and will slowly peel. Acrylics are not the same as acrylic paint, if your lenses are buffed-out they will very likely look good for a short time, but as soon as six weeks later they can become cloudy again. There is always Toothpaste, this will work on glass but alas it will also damage the UV coating on acrylic plastic headlight lenses. PDR 360’s headlight restoration products work very well, they are tried and tested on a regular basis.

So why risk it when PDR360 can get them right first time!