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Let's Clear Some Things Up (Headlight Restoration)

Posted January 22, 2023 10:30 AM

You know how exposing your skin to sunlight can cause sunburn and other unhealthy things.  Sunlight can also create major problems for your headlights.  After they've been exposed to ultraviolet light, acrylic headlights can yellow and fog due to oxidation.  And when that happens, less light can pass through the plastic, reducing the effectiveness—and safety—of your headlights. 

It's not just the UV light that causes headlights to turn cloudy.  Road grime and debris gets kicked up and can scratch the plastic, diffusing the light that should pass through them when they're clear.  Plus, when your vehicle was new from the factory, the headlights had watertight seals all around to prevent moisture from getting into them and fogging them up with water vapor.  Just like clouds can hide the sun, tiny water molecules can diffuse the light from your headlight bulbs. 

Sure, you could buy replacement parts and start fresh.  But the good news is many vehicle repair facilities can restore your original headlights to perform like they did when you first bought your vehicle.  Here's how it works:

  • A technician will protect your vehicle's paint by either taking the headlights out or by taping off the paint near the headlights and leaving them in place.
  • Residue is removed from the headlight surfaces by wet sanding to remove the oxidized plastic.
  • Using special compounds, the technician will buff and polish the surface of the lens so it looks as smooth as glass. 
  • The newly-polished plastic is then sealed with wax or a special sealant designed to keep them operating like new. 
  • If the seals that keep the moisture out of the inside of your headlights have dried out or cracked, they will be restored or replaced to keep condensation from forming again.

Visibility at night is vital for safe driving, and if your headlights aren't performing up to their potential, the less you'll be able to see ahead of you.

There are many advantages of having your headlights restored rather than buying new or aftermarket replacements.  It's friendlier to the planet since plastics are made of oil, so it's reducing the amount of plastic that is manufactured.  And it's usually cheaper to have your headlights restored rather than replaced.

Consider headlight restoration a way to literally recycle those parts of your vehicle.  That seems to be perfectly clear!

Hill's Auto Repair, Inc.
22829 colton point rd
Bushwood, Maryland 20618
301-769-2400



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    , 01/16/2023

    They were great! Very professional and work was done timely.

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    , 01/06/2023

    We took our truck to Hill's Auto Repair for a waterpump replacement. We asked that they check the brakes etc to make sure everything else was OK. They called to say they needed to change the belts (which we expected) and water pump. They let us know everything else was fine. The price came in under what I expected and I was happy that unlike other shops I have used, they didn't try to push other repairs (that weren't needed). Ty Hill's. We will be back if we need anything else done!

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    , 01/03/2023

    They accurately and honestly diagnosed my car's problems and charged me a reasonable price.

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    , 12/06/2022

    I worked on the car for 4 days just couldn't get it right and they got it right in a couple hours.

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    , 12/03/2022

    A Hills customer for many years and wouldn't go anywhere else! All around excellent service! They provide details on what is needed and make recommendations on the work that should be done right away to prevent bigger problems. You walk away with a plan and associated cost. Love them!!!

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    , 11/25/2022

    Great place to take your car for service's on some repairs, the price is fair, and sometimes the price is to high, overall great place for service in Bushwood MD, also customer service is 100% out standing.

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