So, what is headlight restoration? Headlight restoration is the process of refinishing aged headlights that have become dull and discolored due to a variety of environmental factors. Over time the protective hard coat that comes on headlights will erode away with regular wear and tear and the can become less effective. There are several things that can be done to repair and prevent this form happening. Read on to learn more about how Orlando Mobile Detailing can help you with Headlight Restoration.
Professional vs. DIY
Professional services like ours will be more costly than trying to do a restoration using a DIY method, but the results are more likely to work and be longer lasting. The restoration kits that you will find online will require multiple stages of sending in order to remove any oxidation. Some of these kits will also come with a UV sealer that is said to protect the lens for a longer period of time. This is not always true. In order to achieve the desired result of the DIY kit, you will probably have to do many applications and sandings to return your headlights to original condition. A professional company like us has the products and equipment readily available to complete the job quickly and effectively the first time.
Causes of Discoloration
Discoloration of the lenses is causing by oxidation from UV light. Other environmental factors such as impact from road debris like stones and sand, rain, and even exposure to caustic chemicals can all play a part in the slow degradation and eventual discoloration of your lenses. If left untreated, over time your headlight will develop small cracks. These cracks will contribute to the haziness of your lights and will lower your visibility at night or in inclement weather.
The effectiveness of headlights as far as light output goes is measured in lux. Your lux will be significantly reduced with the onslaught of environmental factors. When your lenses become hazy and discolored, your visibility will be greatly reduced at night time when you need your headlights the most. Luckily, the professional detailers at Orlando Mobile Detailing can restore your headlights so that they function as good as new.
As a general blanket rule, headlight restoration will extend the life of your headlights. Restoring your headlights is a process that can even be repeated if necessary and is a far more eco friendly solution than throwing out and replacing older headlights. If you maintain your headlights and consistently keep them in good condition by avoiding the degradation and discoloration that will naturally occur, then you can greatly improve the overall impact that your headlights will have as far as visibility and durability goes.