I’m sure everyone who has a car with yellow, oxidized headlamps has seen ads from t.v. and car washes claiming that they can “make your headlamps look like new” for $19.95 or $24.95 and wonder how the process that they use works. First let me explain what happens to headlamps over time.
New headlamps are made from lexan, a very hard plastic which is then covered with a thin film of u.v. resistant material to prevent them from yellowing and turning cloudy. Over time, this material breaks down from exposure to the sun as well as salt, road grime, exhaust fumes and other factors which leave the headlamp looking cloudy, yellow, and diminishing your headlamps effectiveness as well as being unsightly look at.
The ads you see on t.v. and the products used by car washes consist largely of a lacquer based clear product which is applied with a sponge to the headlamp, making it appear clearer and brighter. The problem with this procedure is that the product only lasts for several months and then your headlamps look the same as before treatment. The same is true of polishing the lights. They will look better for a few months and then will discolor again because the protective film has been removed.
The process which Auto Perfectionists Ltd. uses consist of sanding the lamp to remove the yellow film and the cloudy residue from the surface of the lamp, a process which also removes small scratches form the lamp. Next the lamp is polished to a like new appearance and then a special product is used which is specifically designed to bond to lexan and will not peel off. This product replaces the factory u.v. protection to your lamp that it had when it was new.
This process will last for YEARS, not months, and although is more expensive than services offered by car washes and do-it-yourself products through the mail it is cheaper than replacing the headlamps with new or aftermarket lamps which will incur not only the cost of the lamp, but the cost of paying someone to install them.
Our process takes several hours to complete and the cost of the materials used means that you will pay more than doing it yourself, but ask yourself, if the end result is only a little better than what you started with and after a few months you have to repeat the process, what are you gaining?