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Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

Do the headlights on your car look foggy? I know, like me, you have very little time to deal with these pesky issues. I’m excited to share with you The Easiest Way to Make Automobile Headlights New Again! A year ago I spent about an hour and a half sanding, buffing and restoring our 2004 Honda CRV’s headlights. The kit was from 3M and it was pretty much what most people recommended. It worked great, but that was almost two hours I could have spent doing something else. Worst of all, it has been a year and the headlights have already begun to haze again. Ugh!

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

When I was at the Haven Conference in Atlanta last month, I was talking to a Rustoleum rep and she told me about Wipe New Headlight Restore. She told me that it was a cloth and you wiped it over the headlight for instant results. I was honest and said I was skeptical, but told her to go ahead and send me a sample. Last week, I received the sample and decided to give it a try.

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Materials:

Optional: Mild soap to clean headlight

Instructions:

I opened up the package and quickly scanned the directions. I groaned as I read that I might need to buff the headlight. But, I was committed to give it a try. Keeping in mind that I had already buffed this headlight a year ago, I was hopeful.

1. First test the headlight with water. If the headlight is clear when wet, you don’t have to buff and can skip to step 4 (you do need to clean the light with soap and water before proceeding.) If the light still has a haze continue to step 2.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

2. While the headlight is still damp, pull out the lens polish pad. It has two sides (green and gray). Use the green side to sand the headlight and remove the oxidation.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

3. Re-wet the headlight and use the gray side to buff off any additional oxidation and further smooth the lens.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

4. Clean the headlight with a clean damp rag, then wipe dry with the provided microfiber cloth.  Inspect the headlight and look for any remaining signs of oxidation.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

5. Now for the magic! Put on the provided nitrite gloves and remove the Wipe-It cloth from the wrapper. Carefully wipe the headlight (avoiding other parts of your car.) Only wipe once over the lens, folding and rotating the cloth to use an unused portion on each headlight.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

You will be amazed at the change in appearance! You can clearly see the difference between the area that has been wiped with the Wipe New product and not yet wiped:

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

Finish wiping the headlight and use a wet rag to remove any Wipe-It that got on your automobile hood or bumper.

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

Here’s the difference between one headlight that has been treated and one that hasn’t!

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

Repeat the process for your other headlight and admire those shiny new headlights! Can you believe this is a 13 year old car?!

Easiest Way to Restore Automobile Headlights | Pretty Handy Girl

I still had some Wipe-It that wasn’t used so I ran to my neighbor’s house and told her how thrilled I was with the results of Wipe New. She let me treat her car’s headlights (which were more oxidized than our’s.) She joked that I sounded like an infomercial (I was that excited.) In all seriousness, this truly is The Easiest Way to Make Automobile Headlights New Again that I have found! I’ll be sure to check back in a year and let you know how it holds up. The Wipe New literature offers a warranty that says your automobile’s headlights will pass inspection for life the life of the car after using the product. Even if it starts to haze again, this process took me about 10 minutes per headlight. That’s so much easier than hours of sanding and buffing. And the cost is almost the same for the 3M kit I used a year ago.

I think all of the automobile owning family members will be getting one of these kits in their stocking this year!

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Disclosure: This is a product review of Wipe New Headlight Restore. I was provided with a complimentary Wipe New Headlight Restore kit to try. I was not compensated for this post. I was not told what to write or say. This post contains affiliate links. As always, you will always be notified when reading a sponsored post or product review on this blog.

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  1. Jill
    Jill says:

    I showed this to my husband (he is no longer in the automotive industry but has kept all his mechanical certificates current) comment was that he can obtain the results using pledge. He said to monitor the length of time that your headlights stay clear. On average products like that last a few days to a couple of weeks at best. So if you wouldn’t mind doing a follow up post about this I would greatly appreciate it.. haha really for once in my marriage I would like to be able to tell my husband he was wrong.. 😉

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