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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  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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