Headlight restoration is a service that was not needed 30 years ago.
Thirty years ago headlights were made of glass. Glass transmits light extremely well and is easy to clean. So why change? The reality is glass breaks easily and cannot be formed into the various forms demanded by car stylists.
In recent years,glass headlights have been replaced by new style polycarbonate lenses that are impact resistant and can be styled as needed. They also can transmit light nearly as well as glass lenses.
Why Headlight Restoration Is Needed
Polycarbonate plastic lenses have many positive qualities. However, like most plastics, it can be scratched and the surface deteriorates when exposed to ultraviolet light (the sun). To overcome these realities, polycarbonate headlights are given a UV-resistant coating. This coating lasts for a number of years, but dirt and grit from the road, frequent washing and UV light gradually wears the coating down. When the coating is worn away, the polycarbonate is exposed to the elements and eventually you will have foggy headlights and will require a headlight restore. Continue reading