Headlight RestorationHow 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?