How to Use Turtle Wax Headlight Cleaner

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How to Use Turtle Wax Headlight Cleaner
Keep your headlights shining bright. (headlight image by Yulaki Khvenchuk from

Over time, road dirt and UV rays will dull the clear plastic on your headlights. This can negatively impact your nighttime visibility when driving, as your headlights' candlepower is reduced. You can fix this hazard at your local auto repair shop, or use a less expensive remedy with the Turtle Wax brand headlight restoring kit, which restores dull and yellow headlights to their original lustre. Each kit comes with three gritty restoration pads, 118ml. of lens clarifying compound, 113gr. of spray lubricant and a sealing wipe.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Terry cloth

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  1. 1

    Wash the headlights with soap and water to remove surface dirt. Outline the headlight with masking tape to prevent the headlight cleaning solutions from damaging the surrounding paint.

  2. 2

    Put some of the lens clarifying compound on a cotton cloth and rub it on the entire headlight, using firm pressure. Buff the headlight with a clean piece of terry cloth.

  3. 3

    Put spray lubricant on the coarsest restoration pad if your headlight is heavily oxidised. Only use the restoration pad on areas that did not get clean in step 2.

  4. 4

    Use the second-coarsest restoration pad and rub back and forth in the opposite direction you used for the coarsest restoration pad. Rub the second-coarsest pad on the headlight for about one minute. If the pad or headlight gets dried out, apply more lubricant.

  5. 5

    Finish polishing the headlight with the blue side of the least coarsest finishing pad. Dry the headlight with a clean cotton rag.

  6. 6

    Apply the lens clarifying compound to a clean cotton cloth and rub back and forth on the lens until the compound is hazy. Let the compound dry on the lens for a few minutes and buff it out with a clean cotton cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Only clean one headlight at a time for best results.

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