You’ve seen them. In fact you probably see them every day: Headlights with an aged, cloudy, foggy or hazy look are becoming increasingly common, as the average age of all cars on the road continues to rise. Most modern vehicles use plastic lenses that are prone to discoloration.
The danger here is that, more than a simple cosmetic issue, clouded, foggy lenses pose a serious threat to safety, affecting night vision and reducing headlights’ range by up to 80 percent, according to Consumer Reports.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is primarily the main reason for the aging process for headlight lenses, though other environmental factors may contribute as well.
The sun doesn’t discriminate, so you’ll notice foggy headlights on nearly all makes and models to one degree or another, depending on the size, angle, and composition of the lens, and whether the car is garaged or spends its life on the street. The effects can vary from just a slight haze to making lenses virtually opaque.
After a brief search online, you’ll likely find several DIY options. However, after a year or so most lenses using over-the-counter kits will begin to haze over again. This does not happen with our process. Why?
Two words: UV Hardcoat. All Headlights are made with an OEM grade UV cured hardcoat that protects the raw polycarbonate. Most DIY (and some pro kits) only remove this coating and polish the surface. Without the UV protection, the surface will re-oxidize even quicker. So, our process re-applies the original UV cured hardcoat, so it will last several years … Like a new car.
Perhaps you’ve seen this elsewhere on our site, but it is worth reposting here. This video will show you, from top to bottom, the process for creating beautiful headlights, that will last for years, with the GlasWeld Gclear Headlight Restoration System.