I think you all know that I am responsible for all the upkeep around this old house. That includes taking care of my aging vehicle as well. It’s the first (and last) new car I’ll ever own. I’m known very well for parking “40 miles from the door” in order to keep my doors from getting dings, even if it is almost 11 years old. Lately I’ve noticed that my headlights were starting to show signs of aging—some cloudiness and looking dull.
I asked my friends at HomeRight if I could review their AutoRight Headlight Restoration Kit. Because I am a Brand Ambassador for HomeRight, this sponsored post will include a giveaway below, be sure to enter.
I gathered my supplies on my work table, and worked on my car in the carport since it isn’t supposed to be done in direct sunlight.
It’s difficult to take a picture due to the reflectiveness of the lens, but you can see how dull the top of the light is.
The directions warn you to use automotive tape to protect your paint. I, of course didn’t have any, but I have plenty of blue painter’s tape.
I used 2 layers of painter’s tape and on top of that, I put one layer of Gorilla Tape to be on the safe side. I popped my hood to give me better access to the top of the light.
As careful as I tried to be, I should have brought the tape out further onto the bumper. I suggest you cover about 3 inches. There are three grades of sandpaper. I started out with the 400 grit sandpaper.
I set the timer on my phone for 3 minutes. It is recommended that you sand for at LEAST that long. I sanded a little longer because I wanted to make sure this worked.
Be sure to use the cushioned interface while sanding.
After sanding with 400, I then switched off to 800, and then finally wet-sanded with 1500 grit sandpaper. I regularly wiped the lens and the sandpaper with a cloth as I was sanding.
After all the sanding, I used the Polishing Compound on one of the soft pads. After using that, I expected to see a big difference. I.did.not.
Okay-time to keep it real folks! This is when I panicked. BIG time! This is after all the sanding and polishing was done, and it was still looking so cloudy. I didn’t expect it to look this way when I was finished with all those steps. I contacted my rep at HomeRight (oh my gosh, she’s sooo darn sweet)
This is what she said in her email:
The UV wipe is the magic, you need to do that and make sure it cures in sunlight for at least 30 minutes. Trust me it will work.
Ya see, I still had that ONE step left, but I was afraid to do it. Well, the bad news is, after I heard back from HomeRight, IT WAS RAINING. yikes! more panic. But within an hour or so, the sun came out and I applied the Headlight UV Blocker (magic wipes).
I moved the car out of the carport, and immediately removed all the tape. I didn’t want to end up with a lot of sticky residue on my paint. Look at it shine! Who would have thought that little wipe would have done all that?
This light has had some white paint on it for years where a door fell over in the carport. (the knob actually dented my fender) The dent is of course still there, but the white paint is now gone.
Currently, these headlights are the only clean parts of my car. We’re having a very rainy (and stormy) week here. I’m hoping to get the old gal cleaned up real soon using my AutoRight Wash Sticks.
Okay, now for the GIVEAWAY! TWO lucky winners will each receive their very own AutoRight 4-Inch buffer and a AutoRight Headlight Lens Restoration Kit . (after you work on your headlights, you’ll have the buffer for other great projects) How to Enter Mandatory: Leave a comment on this post telling me whose vehicle will get the AutoRight Headlight Restoration treatment, and approximately how old the car is. As always, follow through with the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway and earn bonus entries. Must be 18, US resident. Void where prohibited by law. Two winners will be chosen using the Rafflcopter widget from all eligible entries. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or alternate winners will be chosen. a Rafflecopter giveaway good luck! gail disclosure: I am happy to be a Brand Ambassador for HomeRight. I was supplied with the products and compensated for my time. All thoughts, projects and opinions are my own. Your results may vary.