When most people put their car up for sale, they usually do the normal things like wash it and vacuum it out, maybe wipe down the vinyl, dash & door panels with some kind of cleaner.
Some take it a step further by cleaning and dressing the tires, dressing the interior, cleaning the windows or maybe even waxing the whole car!
We do it to make the car look better and more attractive to a potential buyer, and it also raises the value of the vehicle; the more the customer likes it, the more you can get for it. Or at least maybe less or no haggling over price.
How many cars or trucks can you think of that you've seen (For Sale) on the roadsides that had cloudy headlights?
You may recall one or two that you have seen recently, but most people won't remember seeing any; because they didn't give that car a second thought.
No matter how good the rest of the car looked, the headlights killed it!
Now in all fairness, me being in the business of restoring headlights, I tend to notice foggy and clouded headlights more than your average Joe, so I don't expect people to remember something like that anyway.
My point is, that a small investment in having the headlights restored can raise the value of any vehicle by hundreds of dollars!
Otherwise the work you've put into making it look better is all for nothing!
“Restoring your headlights can make your whole car look better; But restoring your whole car can't make your headlights look any better.”
By Scott Summerson.
First I'd like to ask you a few questions.
We do things every day without really thinking about the real reason as to why we are doing them. Little (no brainer) things like looking and slowing before we cross an intersection, and letting off the accelerator when we see a potential hazard.
These are just a couple of examples of our automatic reactions; as with the 4 questions above, they are all for our own safety. So what about restoring their headlights?
What I don't understand is why people think it is safe to drive with clouded headlights? Or do they even think about it at all? And if not; Why not?
I mean do people really believe that the light projecting through that dirty lens is the same as if it was a new clear headlight lens?
I just don't know??
I do know that restoring your headlights is well worth the cost compared to the cost of vehicle damage or injury!
What ever the case; here's something to consider about headlights, safety and FL. State Laws.
Florida State Law Requirements for line of site on automotive headlights:
Florida Statutes 316.237 Multiple-beam road-lighting equipment.
Now, most Florida Law Enforcement Officers will not pull you over, or give you a ticket for oxidized or clouded headlights; However if you are ever involved in a (vehicle to vehicle) or (vehicle to pedestrian) accident, That may seemingly not be your fault; You could still be charged for that accident, and or be sued by the other party involved on the grounds of knowingly opperating a motor vehicle with impaired or distorted headlights.
Remember: “Ignorance is no excuse for the Law” to an Officer's eyes as well as the courts!
Published by Scott Summerson
These headlights were tough! Especially since I don't use any power tools (by choice). I had to start out with 400 grit paper for about 20 minutes or so on each light.
I spent more time on these lights than normal, but I always get a charge out of a challenge that turns out great!
And Larry the owner gave me a great review!:
I had Scott out today to do my lenses, and they look 1000% better!
Scott was right in his comment about folks typically trying the DIY method first!
That was just my approach, and by the time I found the task to be beyond my endurance and knowledge, I was TOTALLY ready to have a "Pro" go at it!
If they are bad, my input is to not even think about the DIY approach - you will be calling Scott soon, so why not save the cost of the initial outlay?
Take a look at that 530i - the before pics are AFTER my wife and I spent three hours with our DIY!
In three hours, including our non-stop BSing, Scott was able to completely turn it around! Look at those lenses!
As Scott posted "I can See!" Now, to be fair, I will be looking critically after a couple of months, and will be back here for an update - which I fully expect will be even more positive in the aggregate!
Larry M. Inglis, FL.
This is what I believe is the main cause of oxidation build-up on your headlights.......
Ok, so a (UV) coating is applied to your factory Auto headlight lenses to help protect these newer acrylic / plastic headlight and taillight lenses from the elements as well as the suns harmful (UV) rays.
It took scientific processes, testing and retesting to create these new Acrylic / Polycarbonate lenses as well as the (UV) coating that is applied to them.
In time this UV coating develops a layer of oxidation over the surface, a combination of oil, road grime and other air borne contaminants is what the oxidation is made up from and is cooked onto the lenses from the heat of the lights.
I believe this because in most cases I've seen if a car has turn signal lenses that are separate from the headlight lenses the turn signal lenses will have little or no oxidation.
This TOYOTA shown above is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.
NOTE: The top image, separate lenses. This is a before & after I restored the headlights, but I didn't do anything to the side lenses.
So I thought, why is the headlight so badly oxidated yet the turn signal looks great!
Well the sun should be shinning equally on both lenses and be heating up to the same temperatures without the lights being on.
The lights are not in the same housing, the turn signal and park lights do not get as hot as the halogen headlights do and the headlight casings are not vented near enough to disperse so much heat.
So I believe that most oxidation build-up occurs when your headlights are on, especially for long periods of time, Day or Night.
Eventually this oxidation will damage your factory UV coating and resurfacing them will be your only option. So it is best to have them de-oxidized in the early stages of oxidation. Before it starts to distort your headlight beam and range of view. By Scott Summerson
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First of all, occasional condensation is normal.
If it never seems to dry up, that's not right.
Some headlight manufacturers add vent holes or slots in the tops, bottoms or at the back of the light housing so that any condensation accumulation can evaporate and to allow for pressure differences within the light housing. There are a few ways that condensation can form inside your lights:
The most common cause for excessive moisture inside your headlights is in the seam where the lens meets the housing, the extreme heat generated by the halogen or Xenon bulbs will dry out the adhesive and cause it to develop tiny cracks that can allow water to access it.
Many after market headlight lenses can leak in this way when they are brand new, because they are sub-standard and may not seal well during manufacturing.
If water can come in contact with the back of your headlight housing, then you should make sure the seals & gaskets are good around where your light bulbs go in. this applies to all the lights on the vehicle
How it works:
If your lens is not leaking, then the cause of condensation buildup inside your lights can work much like when your windshield fogs up from driving through a warm moist air pocket while driving in cold weather. The temperature differences from inside to out side can cause fogging of the windshield, and this can happen with your headlight too, but usually doesn't last long.
How do I dry out my headlights?
The best way for your average Joe to dry out his headlight lens housing is to remove the light bulb and in some newer cars the larger rubber plug and use a hair dryer, but don't cover the entire hole, keep the dryer away from opening so that the moist air can escape, and do not set dryer on the hottest setting. For light to moderate condensation, they should be dry in a matter of minutes. The hair dryer works much like the defroster for your windshield.
Below is a video from Kent Bergsma a Mercedes mechanic, and he discusses some possible reasons why your headlight may be accumulating moisture inside, and he also demonstrates what he does to fix the problem on his own vehicle. This is a common problem, and the principles apply to most vehicles on the road today.
Note: The strapping tape that he talks about, is a clear tape that has nylon fibers running parallel to the linear part of the tape that prevents it from stretching.
I hope this info helps!
By Scott Summerson
Yes September starts deer mating and hunting season. So the deer will be on the move and October through December are the months that most Car to Deer Collisions happen in the United States. All states with Deer populations report much higher numbers of accidents involving Deer during these months.
Restoring your headlights and improving your line of sight while driving at night becomes that much more important to your family's safety.
Watch this awesome video below to learn more about why deer act the way they do when a vehicle approaches them.
The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station wildlife biologist Sandra Jacobson and her partners have produced a video called "Avoiding Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions" That you can view below.
This 25 min. video should be viewed in it's entirety and discusses the Western & Eastern Deer populations of the continental U.S.
Awesome information about why deer freeze when they see headlights, and what you should look for when driving day & night to avoid a collision!
Video credit and reference report Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Forest Service.
I hope this info helped with any questions you may have had about deer.
By Scott Summerson
Scott's Mobile Headlight Restoration Service
Hello, Scott here, do you have foggy headlights? I am a local service provider serving Florida's West Citrus & South Levy Counties including S.W. Marion County Dunnellon area. Your Premier Mobile Headlight Restoration Specialist.
I will travel farther for either 2 or more vehicles or an additional fee.
See Pricing Page for more details.
I offer Quality Lasting Results at a Fare Price!
And I will also come to you, to your home or office.
I can restore your headlights the right way, the first time.
By Scott Summerson
Hello, Scott Summerson here, Here's a little about my experience: