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Headlight Restoration

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Over a period of time, the suns harmful UV rays, weather, road debris and repeated abrasions will diminish the look and function of your acrylic headlights. This can result in a headlight system which, not only, looks poor in appearance but loses its most important function - it’s ability to illuminate.

Headlight Banner before and after restoration

My restoration system restores both the appearance and safety of the headlights to their original factory finish, at a fraction of the cost of replacement.

The most important aspect of my restoration is the replacing of the original UV protection. There is no point restoring the headlight only to find, a few months later, the lens yellow and cloudy again.

Most of the DIY restoration kits, which are readily available online, do not deal with this matter, thus ensuring only a temporary solution. If you employ a company to restore your headlights please ensure their service includes replacing the UV clearcoat. This can only be done by masking the headlight and spraying.
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Restoration - Example 1

These Porsche headlights had 'clouded' over a period of time, in addition the UV coating was flaking in several places.

The first first task was to gently "sand"  the surface of the lens with various grades of sandpaper. This gradually removed the damage but , ironically, left the lens cloudier than at the start. This is perfectly normal, by the way and is clearly shown in the 'during' photo, below. The cloudiness was removed by buffing the lens with various grades of rubbing compound.

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After masking the surrounding area I prepared the lens for the application of the replacement UV protecting finish. Ironically this starts with rubbing the surface of the lens with a rough pad , creating fine scratches on the surface. These scratches allow the UV coating to adhere to the lens and they disappear when the clearcoat is applied. After further cleaning , the coating was applied by spraying and then baked hard.

The customer had been quoted £ 1000 to replace both headlights !!!  No wonder the lady was happy with the £ 90  which I charged.

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Restoration - Example 2

This Mercedes headlight was staring to cloud and yellow and the customer wished to 'nip it in the bud' before the whole light discoloured.

The method is exactly as above. The first task was to gently "sand"  the surface of the lens with various grades of sandpaper. This gradually removed the damage but still left the lens cloudy. The cloudiness was removed by buffing the lens with various grades of rubbing compound. Then the UV coating was sprayed and baked hard.

Headlight Restoration Before - Mercedes
Headlight Restoration After - Mercedes

I'm not sure how much a replacement headlight would have cost but I am sure it would have been considerably more than the £ 45 which I charged.

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Restoration - Example 3

This Pick Up headlight has clouded over a period of time.

The first first task was to gently "sand"  the surface of the lens with various grades of sandpaper. This gradually removed the damage but still left the lens cloudy. The cloudiness was removed by buffing the lens with various grades of rubbing compound. The UV coating was applied by spraying and then baked hard.

Headlight Restoration Before and After - Ford

I'm not sure how much a replacement headlight would have cost but I am sure it would have been considerably more than the £ 45 which I charged.

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Smartfinish , 9 Hursley Close , Bournemouth , Dorset BH7 6SE
Tel : 01202 416757  Mobile : 07774 967950
Please note : I only operate in the BH postcode areas of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Areas covered - Boscombe , Bournemouth ,  Branksome ,  Broadstone ,  Burton , Canford Cliffs , Christchurch , Ensbury Park , Ferndown , Highcliffe , Longham , New Milton , Merley , Mudeford , Parkstone , Parley , Poole , Redhill , Ringwood , Southbourne , Verwood , Westbourne , West Moors , Wimborne .

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