Your vehicle’s headlight assemblies have headlight reflectors that increase the brightness of your bulbs. The headlight reflectors won’t work properly if they are fogged or dimmed. The best way to restore them is by having a professional do it. However, you can also partially restore them at home using an imitation polish. While the result will not be as brilliant as a full restoration of reflectors, it will improve their performance. It will take approximately an entire afternoon to complete a DIY restoration of both the headlight assemblies.
Headlight reflectors in your car’s vehicle headlight assembly increase brightness.
- Fog and darkness can cause the headlight reflectors to not work properly.
Switch off the vehicle. Turn off your vehicle.
The two wire harnesses at the rear of your headlight assembly should be unplugged. Take off the rubber shield from the rear end of your headlight assembly.
- The two wire harnesses at the rear of your headlight assembly should be unplugged.
Use latex gloves. You can remove the metal clips holding the headlight bulbs by pushing the clips backwards. You will need to remove the headlight bulbs for low- and high beam.
You will need to remove the headlight assembly at the vehicle’s front. Although the exact procedure for removing your headlight assembly will vary depending on the make and model vehicle you have, the basic steps are the same. You’ll need to remove any visible bolts with your socket wrench. Take the headlight assembly out of the bracket. Remove the turn signal assembly, grille, and bumper if it is still stuck to the bracket. Any additional bolts to attach the bracket to the headlight assembly should be removed.
The headlight assembly should be placed on your bench, or another flat place. After removing any clips or fixings, attach the headlight lens and headlight assembly. The flat end of a flathead driver is to be used between the surfaces of the headlight lenses and the assembly. The headlight assembly can be removed by prying the lens from the top.
- The headlight assembly can be placed on the work surface or on another flat surface.
Use a mild soap-water solution to wash your reflector. With a towel, dry the surface. To ensure that there are no moisture leftover, hold the heat gun about a meter from the surface.
A small amount of silverplate polish can be applied to the towel. The polish should be applied to all surfaces of the reflectors. The polish should dry on the surface for at least a couple of minutes. Repeat the drying procedure by rinsing it with water.
Use silicone caulking on the mating surfaces of the headlight lenses. Attach your clamps to secure the headlight lens onto the mating surface. The instructions for the package suggest that the caulk be allowed to dry. You can reinstall the assembly of the headlights with the newly restored reflectors by following these steps.
A small amount of silverplate polish can be applied to the terrycloth towel.
- Use silicone caulking on the mating surface of the headlight lenses.
These steps can be repeated for the reflectors at the headlight assembly of the opposite side of your vehicle.