How to clean a foggy headlight lens

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How to clean a foggy headlight lens
Clearing up a hazy appearance is a simple task. (headlight image by Yulaki Khvenchuk from

Foggy headlights affect not only the look of the car, but also the way things look from the car by giving off a dimmer version of the light it once provided. While foggy headlights may not be a safety issue, they can be irritating. Clearing up that hazy appearance is a simple task that won’t take much time or money and will have headlights looking like new in no time.

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Clean soft cloth
  • White toothpaste
  • Carburettor cleaner
  • WD-40
  • Rubbing compound

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  1. 1

    Drill a small hole in the bottom of the lens to relieve condensation; fresh air will alleviate and prevent condensation.

  2. 2

    Apply white toothpaste to a soft clean cloth and rub the lens with it in small circular motions. Rinse the lens with clean water before the toothpaste dries.

  3. 3

    Spray carburettor cleaner on a dry clean cloth and wipe the lens thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Spray WD-40 on the lens and polish the lens.

  5. 5

    Apply rubbing compound to the lens with a soft clean cloth and buff the shine back with a separate dry clean cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear gloves and work in a properly ventilated area when dealing with chemicals.

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