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HEADLIGHT RESTORATION

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The results are in! Independent lab testing proves Gclear Headlight Coating outperforms the top brands utilizing a UV inhibitor.

*Testing completed in a weatherometer to simulate UV aging.




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COAT

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Gclear Lasts For Years

Independently Tested – The Longest Lasting
– Highest Quality System In The Industry

If your looking for the very best in professional headlight restoration equipment, look no further. Our Gclear coating lasts for years because it contains a UV inhibitor. This inhibitor prevents light from the sun from breaking down the layer and eliminating its shine. Our solution uses UV frequency combined with our unique layer to bond and cure to the lens. Gclear gives your customer the same level of quality as when it first shipped from the manufacturer.

Providing A Like-New Solution
Your Customers Will Appreciate

If the repair is done only by polishing or using a non-OEM coating, the lens will begin to microcrack, and the polycarbonate itself will start to oxidize. No auto owner wants oxidized, ugly, polycarbonate headlights. Gclear, on the other hand, is a high quality, professional headlight restoration, and repair solution that will make your customers happy for years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put, Gclear headlight restoration coating is based on an OE formula. When a vehicle leaves the manufacturer, it does so with a similar UV cured hard coat. We have adapted that formula to make it more user-friendly in the field. Gclear provides a wipe on solution that once it’s UV cured, bonds to the polycarbonate itself, providing a tremendous amount of abrasion resistance. 

It will pass all the pull tests that are done on the OE side as well. Typically they cut a small square in the cured coating, and then they perform a series of pull tests on it to verify strength. Gclear passes those tests just fine, and of course, the abrasion tests are used typically using 0000 steel wool. 

Gclear coating is built to essentially replace the original manufacturer formula that was on the lens, which eventually over time broke down.

Well, the answer is somewhere between $65 and about $165. I know those are two drastic extremes but of course, every market is different, so it’s important to understand your local market and what your competitors are charging and also factoring in the level of service and quality of restoration that you’re offering. Generally speaking, on the high end would be in a high-end collision shop or dealership setting and the low end might be more of a mobile environment, wholesale type of account. Most technicians will fall somewhere in between that $65 to $165 range for a set. 

Now you also might consider having a single headlight price. Many headlights, many vehicles, are repaired by a body shop, and the insurance company will only pay to replace the effected headlight. So you end up with one clear headlight and one yellow headlight. In those cases, you might find customers that want to restore just one side, so consider having a single headlight price as well. However, you would want to factor in the setup time to do one headlight versus two headlights is pretty close to the same. So the actual real labor time that you would have invested would be minimally different. So you might want to have a price that’s just slightly less than your set price to accommodate those particular customers. 

The other thing to consider is bundling the service with other services that you provide. If you’re a detailer who has a bundle of different services for the customer and you are offering a warranty. Or if you’re a car wash or you do windshield repair, windshield replacement, or window tinting; offering a discounted rate for those customers who have reached your shop already, or they’re already in for another service, you can provide this service simultaneously. That’s definitely something to factor in when setting your price for a professional-grade, long-lasting, high-quality headlight restoration service.

Well, the first thing to understand is that all headlights are made out of polycarbonate. I should say almost all headlights nowadays are made out of a polycarbonate material, and that polycarbonate material has a lot of benefits for car makers. They can make all kinds of crazy shapes and creative shapes for the modern vehicle. It also helps to reduce breakage in the case of small impacts. For a slight bump of another vehicle, often your headlight won’t break because it’s polycarbonate. 

However, the downside is that polycarbonate is inherently soft and intrinsically affected by UV and other things. So what the manufacturers do is they apply an OEM grade hard coat or a coating that is UV cured. This type of technology is used in all kinds of different industries from guitars to other things, and the advantages of the hard coat are just what it says, it’s extremely hard, harder than a typical paint, which helps to resist scratching better than a conventional paint would. It bonds better to a polycarbonate or plastic surface than your average paint would and of course the curing time, that’s another factor, it cures very quickly. You don’t have let it air dry like you would with paint. However, hard coats, paints, anything you put on a polycarbonate, eventually over time will begin to break down. 

There are some factors for that, the primary being UV, another being heat, and finally the light that’s coming through the lens. In addition to just the beating that headlights get from salt, grime, dust, and dirt on the road. The primary factor that causes them to fog over time or yellow over time is sunlight. That’s why in southern states of the US, you’ll notice that a lot of the headlights are three or four years old and have already started to yellow on the top band of the vehicle, primarily because the Sun is hitting it all day in that spot. So it’s critical to understand that when explaining to the customer why they should choose a professional-grade headlight restoration system. 

It’s not as simple as merely polishing up the light and driving down the road. If you just polish up the light, now you have a raw polycarbonate lens with zero protection on it or insufficient protection in the case of most waxes and inhibitors. Over time, the polycarbonate lens, because it’s not adequately protected, starts to crack. This cracking leads to tiny fissures throughout the headlight. Which we call microcracking, and that can, of course, effect the quality and the function of the headlights. It also reduces the light transmittance of the headlight as well. So understanding why the headlights are foggy in the first place and being able to explain it, is directly tied to being able to sell a professional-grade headlight restoration service to your customers.

How long does it take to do a complete professional headlight restoration process?

Well, the answer is between 15 minutes and about 40 minutes and of course that’s going to depend on the vehicle your skill level and some outside factors. The primary thing is going to be the skill level of the technician. Your first few repairs you are probably going to spend between 30 and 45 minutes. Once you get the steps down and you learn how to set things up so that you’re not wasting time or working inefficiently, you will undoubtedly be able to speed up your repair times.

There are other factors to consider as well, such as the temperature outside. If your working on a freezing day or inside a frigid bay. Those factors can affect the curing time, requiring a few minutes longer than you typically would. Once you have the steps down, usually 30 minutes is about the high end for someone who is skilled with the process.

Now, the other factor to consider is that once you get to the step of curing, it becomes something that doesn’t require your constant attention. At that point, you can start doing other services on the vehicle, starting a windshield repair or some separate process such as window tinting, etc. Up to that point, you have to be pretty focused on what you’re doing, but once you start curing, you can let it go.

Now if you’re doing a lot of this work, you might also consider having two curing lights. That will speed up your repair time. You can then knock out your coting on one side, knock out your coating on the other side, set up both lights, and in 3-5 minutes you’ll be able to send your customer out the door.



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