Thursday, January 19, 2017

Restore Your Own Headlights–It Really Works!!!

20170107_122249Man this sure has been a cooler winter than we have experienced during our last stay in Arizona. We do occasionally have a nice day here and there but for the most part it has been chilly. I haven't had to wear blue jeans but dang I have been wearing a sweatshirt with my shorts way more than I would like to.

We have been continuing our workouts at the park’s fitness room, playing a lot of pickleball and of course attending the afternoon happy hours at the pool listening to the various bands (including some dancing for Sharon). We really haven’t been doing much of anything else except what I call winter chores.

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One thing I did that wowed me was to order a SYLVANIA Headlight Restoration Kit for our Honda CRV. Our headlights had yellowed to the point that when we drove at night (not very often) I could tell that we weren’t getting much light from our headlights on the road. I realized I either had to replace the headlights, restore them or quit driving at night!

After researching the options it was obvious I wouldn’t quit driving at night even though we rarely do, Resolving this safety issue would be expensive if I were to purchase new headlight lenses so restoration seemed to be the best choice. However, almost everything I had heard was that restoration was at best only a temporary solution.

Yet the more I read I came to the conclusion that if done right restoration would last a long time before needing to be redone. Done right means sanding the headlight lens to get rid of the weathered (and yellowed) product but the downside being this sanding also sands away the protective UV layer which prevents further yellowing. We decided that this was not so much a downside since they were really horribly yellow!!!

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After lots of research I came across the SYLVANIA Headlight Restoration Kit which won me over with all of its positive reviews and the fact that Sylvania offers a life-time warranty on the product (so we will certainly keep the receipt). Since it was under $20.00 I ordered the kit and as soon as I received it I got to work…

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First there was a solution to apply to the lens that “melts away” much of the yellow outer UV protective covering. Then it required wet-sanding the lens starting with a 400 grit sandpaper and working up to a 2000 grit sandpaper. As directed I wiped the lens clean after each sanding until achieving a smooth, non-scratched lens. Next was application of the same cleaning solution I started with and then waiting for it to dry. The last step was applying the UV protective layer with an included microfiber cloth. Voila! Total time took about 1 hour for the whole process for both lenses.

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The end result was stunning!!! They truly looked brand new and although for some reason I forgot to take a starting photo (the before picture is an older one) but I assure you mine were pretty bad. My guess is that they were so bad that only about 40% of my available light would actually reach the road!

I will also add that there is really enough to do two cars if you are frugal with the supplies. I highly recommend this product for anyone needing to restore headlights (and no, Sylvania did not give me the product to review). I bought it and was so impressed I decided to share my experience.

After a couple more weeks in Mesa, off we go. I sure hope we can find some warmer weather soon as I am about to run out of projects…

9 comments:

  1. No more honeydew lists? It has been warmer in FL than last year. Just sayin'. And drier too. I had heard the same bad comments about those headlight lens cover products too, but your pics don't lie. Nancy's CRV needs that product badly.

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    1. This one really worked well... we sure wished we had gone to Florida this year but we will be back there next year for sure...

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  2. With weather so nice in Houston (except for the day we planned on leaving - HEAVY RAIN) we were reluctant to head west this year. Everyone seems to be complaining about the cold and rain in Arizona. Hope we can bring some of that nice Texas weather along with us!

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  3. I have done our headlights both on the car and coach, pretty easy to do and they work and looks so much better. It will be warming g up pretty soon.

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  4. We've left Las Vegas for Palm Springs and all I can say is this should be a world class flower-blooming spring with all of this rain....

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  5. Quite whining, and be patient! Aryzona sun will soon be back, in spades, and then you'll soon complain about the heat!

    Enjoy your articles and pics, while reading and watching from the northern part of the Valley of the Sun. Our 5ver is parked next to the house, waiting for sunbeams, which will come - know for a fact. Maybe you could travel to southern Mexico for a short reprieve. Haven't checked their weather, though.

    You have plenty of projects to ketchup on, so keep the faith! Member Rv'ers have wheels....

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    1. It's my blog and I'll whine if I want too ;)

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  6. That Headlight Restoration Kit did a great job!! Great information to know.

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