How to Restore Headlights PERMANENTLY

100 thoughts on “How to Restore Headlights PERMANENTLY

  1. After 3 coats of clear gloss… There is some haziness from paint I believe. What shall I do to get absolutely clear glass now?

  2. The best way to improve a PT Cruiser is to throw five gallons of gas and a lit match into the back seat.

  3. Question: What's the thought on applying clearcoat vs just sanding up through 3000 grit and then polishing the plastic? Is the difference just how long the fix will last?

  4. Thanks! This method worked for my 2006 Accord. The clearcoat did dry with a slight orange peel effect but definitely 100 percent improvement in nighttime visibility.

  5. I guess the consensus is don't purchase a PT Cruiser…Helpful None the less. 😎👍

  6. I did this and it lasted for over a year before it stared to peel at the edges. I tried another method using only metal polish and literally taking ten minutes and it came out beautiful.

  7. Just scrub whitening tooth paste on it let it sit for about a day and it’ll be a lot easier and better

  8. "Wooter" — Is that a NJ accent I hear?
    From PA here 👍

    Great video tho — I love this Do-it-yourself stuff 👍

  9. If it was "permanent", the UV coating your headlights came with wouldn't have gone foggy and yellow in the first place. Nothing is permanent. This method shown in the video, will get foggy eventually. Maybe not in a year, but down the line.

  10. Thank you so much Chris! Your videos ALWAYS help me out 100%. Just did my headlight yesterday and it looks great!

  11. Anyone know why when I applied the clear coat I got a wrinkle/cracks in the clear coat. Any advice on how to fix that and why it happens

  12. Do you need a 600 grit to wet sand it first or can I use the 2000 grit right away. my headlight is a little bit oxidized since i did that toothpaste thing

  13. Hi Chris so I just did a headlight restoration from 600 to 2,000 grit wet sandpaper but the headlight is really hazy from the scratches so now I'm afraid I scratched up the headlight to much. Should I just do your next step with the clear gloss paint and hope it works??

  14. I drive home from work everynight at 2am on back country roads with no street lights through deer country. My car sits outside 24/7/365 – the headlights have taken a real beatin'. I just couldn't see anymore, so I replaced all my bulbs and the fog lights were outshining the headlights!!! Since the fogs are not housed under the large lens, that told me to do this fix – AMAZING results – I can see again!!! Thank you so much Chris – this saved me a lot of money and probably saved me from an accident, too.

  15. loved this video!! well explained and answered any the questiones i would have asked. two thumbs up!!

  16. Hi Chris, you seem to have quite a few videos on cleaning headlights but this is the latest one and it also says "permanently". Am I safe to assume this is the best way to go about cleaning and restoring headlights? Thanks!

  17. Jesus guys, was your first car a BMW? Why rag on the ride? Everyone has a first, and it's NEVER your last or best.

  18. Do you still recommend this method with all you've learned over the years? Like maybe using a ceramic coating?
    Thank you

  19. in 2017 after i saw this video, i do the same thing, clean, + clear gloss, now in oct 2019, the UV coat begin not working, pop up some bubble

  20. Did not work for me. The clear coat peeled due to the temperature of the HID headlights. Looks 10 times worse than before doing anything at all. Should I have used a 2K clear coat?

  21. Hey Chris, can you do a video on cleaning scratches and haze from a gauge cluster screen?

    Cheers

  22. Denatured alcohol is preferred for paint prep. Dries quickly and doesn't contain any additives.

  23. This is a pretty good video. However, 2 comments.
    1. Go to the auto parts store and get some polishing compound. Polish in the same way as sanding, its really just a microfine sanding step.
    2. Get Maguire's or some other (3M) Clear Coat spray meant for headlamps. That way it won't start cracking and bubbling in 2-3 years.

  24. Did it yesterday and looks good so far. I'll get a better look when I'm in the sun after work.

    One was clearer than the other and the clearest one had some of that orange peel or whatever going on so I'm thinking of sanding again but won't I have to clear coat again too?

  25. man I don't know shit about cars but this comment section has taught me that 1) this is a good tutorial and works and 2) people fucking hate PT Cruisers.

  26. My car doesn’t need to be restore… wait i don’t even have a car but yeah… I’m here just cause one day it can happen to me

  27. I watched less careful and faster surgeries than this. Seriously who has this much time and material to do this shit?

  28. Hey Chris I want to clean my headlights like this but I eventually want to apply a spray tint over it, should I only wet sand, and tint spray, can the tint be used instead of the clear coat? Or could I spray over the clear coat?

  29. Hey Chris. Great video! Here's a tip from high-end restaurants: The ultimate lint-free disposable wipe is… COFFEE FILTER. Enjoy.

  30. Thanks for your tips! I'm a female in 40s. These are fixes I can do easily. Thanks!

  31. I recommend that you do not remove the headlights from the vehicle for the wet sand…. headlights are a funny shape and you will find it is easier to sand them when they are physically bolted to the vehicle rather than sat on a work bench.

  32. If you don't like the Pt Cruiser, just go to live in a country that made your car.

  33. Hey Chris ! I must say I was lucky to find your channel in my recommendations.
    Your doing a great job. Thanks for sharing all the details.
    Would love to know a fix for the inside of the lights ? If it's dirty / if the reflectors are blacked out a bit?

  34. Hi Chris great video.
    I tried something like this BEFORE seeing your video and i guess i didnt do the process correctly maybe i put too much clear on too quickly and too mamy coats at too close to the lights now i have drips. Ughh
    So what do you recommend for me to remove the clear with and to start all over using your procedure???
    Should i use razor blades to remove the drips or paint thinner or stripper or courser sandpaper or what would you suggest to remove all the clear coat and drips so i can start over ???

    Many thanks again Chris for your help and your videos.
    God Bless

  35. Thanks brotha…. I used soap water to act as more of a lubricant. Both are great. If anyone cares….. this process is almost identical for tinting your tails using VHT Nightshades or mixing up your own paint n spraying. Don't it numerous times and 8yrs later; still looks like a beaut.

  36. Awesome tips, thank you! What do think about the “Silverlight” replacement bulbs!

  37. If you have fairly new lights (like a couple of years old) & they are not hazy, can you just clean them off & clear coat them w/o using the sand paper? Would this keep them from getting hazy in the first place?

  38. i learned more things watching your videos than i did when i was in high school 😅

  39. How about the inside of the headlight? that is where most headlights cloud-up, anyone can clean the outside of the headlight.

  40. I think the pt cruiser would rather be put out of its misery instead of being refurbished step by step and being forced to live by chrisfix

  41. 11:09

    Lol face reveal? Kinda?

    If u cant find it it is on right of screen in reflection

  42. The coat painter, wax, and sand paper you used now each cost $20+ cause of this fucking video. So no it's not 10 dollars per headlight it's fucking 60-100 plus for all the other shit too.

  43. Loveeee your channel! Now I was going to tint my headlights….. could I get away with just using the toothpaste method or would they turn yellow and foggy agin?

  44. I used wd-40 and shined like new for a short while..so figured if that worked why not just spray clear coat on it without sanding..well it looks like new without sanding😆

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