See what you've been missing! If you've ever driven the QEII you've seen plenty of roadkill. What you probably don't see is the damage that was caused to the vehicle that in some cases could have been avoided entirely. Obviously animal encounters aren't always avoidable, but I don't know how many times I've seen people driving after dark with really badly maintained headlights. Overtime, the performance of your high and low beams decreases because the clear plastic assemblies are susceptible to pitting from road debris and discolouration and striations or hairline cracking (known as crazing) from UV damage and the light from the bulb and reflectors gets more scattered than focused. With headlight restoration you could significantly increase the chances of seeing that deer in time or that car parked on the shoulder that forgot to leave any lights on.
Properly restored headlights can eliminate most of the pitting and discolouration so not only will you be able to see much better at night, but the look of your car will improve dramatically!
Also, headlight restoration is a much more cost effective method than replacing the entire headlight assembly which on most vehicles today can cost in the thousands of dollars (per headlight)! You can even change the look of your headlights by asking our technicians to applied tint films in addition to a chrome delete for that darkened stealth look.
Up until about 1983, headlight assemblies were constructed of glass. If you remember those old assemblies, they were really durable, scratch resistant and were not susceptible to UV damage or crazing. The major downside of glass headlights was their weight and the fact that glass is harder to work with. In more modern vehicles with more complex curves and designs, it's much easier to work with plastic to create the desired lens shapes for both aesthetic and aerodynamic purposes, the downside being the crazing, hazing and yellowing of the plastic lens. These downsides have also of course been offset by the substantial weight savings.
There are of course do it yourself home kits however most require repeated fixes and the sealant is not as UV resistant as a professional grade acrylic after coat.
To get the most out of your headlights, be sure to avoid using washer fluid and the squeegee at your local gas station. The squeegee often contains tiny abrasive bits left over from the previous user and washer fluid is mildly caustic and over time will slowly degrade the plastic of the lens.
The best way to clean the lens is to soak it with hot soapy water from a hose or pressure washer, and once the debris has softened, use a pressure washer to clean it away as opposed to a squeegee, cloth or sponge because they will drag any debris you missed across the lens and will scratch the surface. We also recommend parking in the shade or a garage as much as is possible to protect any plastic or rubber from UV exposure.
Next to going to your optometrist for an eye exam and a new pair of glasses, restoring your headlights to the factory function is the best thing you can do to improve your night driving safety. Give us a call and we will help you see the light!
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