Headlight Restoration
Headlight Restoration
Q: Can you restore other kinds of vehicle lenses?
A: Yes, as long as they are plastic.

Q: Are different lenses different rates?
A: Generally, the rate is the same per pair. Rarely, we will charge a little more if the lenses are extremely difficult to polish, but that is only in extreme cases.

Q: What if I have just one lens to restore?
A: The job is half-price, $44.00.

Q: Isn’t the lens yellow all the way through?
A: No, the yellowing is a function of dirt embedding itself in the surface of the plastic. Once that is smoothed and clear coated, the plastic goes clear and is no longer yellow.

Q: How long does the clear coat last?
A: The one I’m using is guaranteed for one year under normal conditions. Should it not last that long, I will re-coat at no charge.

Q: I heard of a coating that instantly makes the lens look better. Why not just apply that?
A: Yes, the ones that never dry do fill in some of the scratches, and they do improve the clarity. However, they need to be re-applied every month, and they never get the lens to look new, just newer.

Q: Is this really cheaper than buying replacement lenses?
A: Usually. A typical replacement headlight costs $125.00, and they can cost $200.00 or more. The ones for the new models are even worse, though those don’t need restoration yet. In contrast, my $88.00 is for both lenses, so it’s less than half-price for the pair. That said, if your car is 2007 or older, you may come out ahead replacing the lens, if you do it yourself. (Yes, I really said that!) There’s just no point in getting even my wonderful restoration, if you can get a new lens cheaper. Well, if convienience is the issue, it might make sense, but otherwise, no.

Q: Does the clear coat protect against UV?
A: Yes, to a point. Nothing I know of protects completely against UV, except a sheet of metal. In my experience, metal is a poor solution for headlight UV protection. The clear coat I’m offering is the best transparent UV protection I know of.

Q: If the lenses are not affected all the way through, why is UV protection important?
A: It has more to do with making the clear coat more durable. Once the clear coat is gone, the lens looses its protection.

Q: I sometimes see water inside the lens. Can you get that out?
A: Yes, but it's a fair amount of work. Sometimes you're lucky, and the car has accessible fasteners that let you remove the headlight assembly without removing the bumper. Other times you're not. Sometimes you can dry the lens while it’s still installed, but you won’t solve the problem, you will just treat the symptom of the problem, and it will only get moisture in again.
What has to happen to really fix it is the assembly has to come out and must not have any lamps or electronics attached to it. Once out, it's filled with water and observed to detect the leak(s). The leaks are marked (usually it's a gap in the seal that goes around the outside of the lens), and the lens dried. To accelerate the process, I use a hair dryer. Since the air can only circulate from one lamp hole to another, it still takes more than an hour to get all the moisture out. Once dry on the inside, the gaps are filled with clear silicone, making sure it makes a continous seal. When dry to the touch, the assembly is returned to the car and reinstalled. I would have to quote you a price based on the nature of the headlight assembly installation. In other words, on just how much time it would take to do it. I would also need access to the hood, so we would have to meet so you could give me the car keys, unless you are comfortable leaving the hood open all day.

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