Tips to Clean Foggy Headlights

Exterior vehicle maintenance is just as necessary as engine and fluid maintenance. A good car wash and wax can extend the life of your paint. While regular washing is essential, you may notice that your headlights still look foggy. Summers are hot in Spanish Fork, and UV rays from the sun can cause oxidation outside the headlights. Clean headlights are vital because, without them, you can’t see the road. Oxidation doesn’t cause permanent damage; however, it can make your headlights yellow and fuzzy looking. If you clean your headlights the moment you notice a change, you may be able to restore their natural brightness at home. Below are a few tips to remove oxidation and restore your foggy headlights.  

Cleaning tips for foggy headlights:
Start your headlight restoration by cleaning them using a microfiber cloth, automotive soap, and water. 

Toothpaste is a necessity when removing plaque and tartar. However, it’s also an old yet reliable method for removing oxidation. Apply toothpaste directly to the headlight lens and use a dry cloth to wipe it. After scrubbing the headlight, rinse it with water. It’s best to use regular toothpaste instead of gel.  

Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Make sure your paste includes more baking soda than water. Use a sponge to clean the headlight in circular motions or a crossed hatchet motion. After scrubbing, rinse with water.  

Vinegar can clean many household items, and with time, can effectively clean your headlights. Remove the headlight lens and soak them in vinegar for at least an hour. Once they’re done soaking, give them a good scrub with a dry cloth. To complete the process, wash them a second time with automotive soap and water to remove the vinegar.  

For headlights to remain clean, you should consider taking a few preventative measures. While you’re out, try to park your car in a shaded area if possible. Direct sunlight can increase the oxidizing process and leave them hazy and yellow. Consider purchasing a restoring kit from an automotive store and doing touch-ups if you have time. If the methods above don’t work, consider a professional headlamp restoration. Our expert automotive technicians at Dickerson Automotive are currently offering new and existing customers a headlamp reconditioning service for $59.95. This is a great way to save yourself some time and energy by leaving the restoration up to the professionals. Click here to learn more. 

Or feel free to give us a call at 801-800-8417 Mon – Fri from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 


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