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This is the Real Way to Restore Headlights Permanently


Rev up your engines!
today I’m going to show you how you can keep your plastic headlights from yellowing and
fading and cracking, now you may not know it, but modern cars,
all the headlight assemblies are made out of plastic,
they’re not made out of glass anymore now the use of plastic instead of glass has
a big drawback plastic fades, cracks, while glass,
it’s nice and hard, you can always clean it when it gets dirty but really,
this is a 24 year old glass headlight and it still shines and looks great, plastic doesn’t
last that long, now the modern headlight assemblies hey,
they’ve got one better idea, the bulbs just fit inside and you can just pop them in and
out when they burn out, but when the assembly gets cloudy and looks
horrible because it’s plastic, it costs a fortune to replace these things,
and yes there’s kits out there that you can polish them and then put clear coat on them,
that generally doesn’t last more than a year or so and maybe not even that,
and the plastic is cheap to begin with so as you’re polishing it on you can only polish
it so many times then the plastic will just crack and break and then you have to buy the
expensive assembly, but I found something that can coat your headlights
so they don’t go bad in the first place, it’s much better to prevent something than
to keep having to fix it because it keeps fading and cracking,
and realize although my videos may be rather short,
sometimes they take a while to make, like this one too years,
because years ago I decided to try out this Meguair’s headlight coating to see if this
stuff actually works, so I bought two headlight assemblies for this
Matrix and then I would coat them one a year with this Meguiar’s coating,
and at the same time years ago, I got new headlight assemblies for my wife’s Lexus and
I didn’t do anything to them, I just left them alone with the original clear coat that
the Chinese had spray coated because these are aftermarket assemblies,
and check out the difference, here’s the Lexus, you can see the clear coating is bubbling
and peeling off, the Chinese had sprayed on, they obviously didn’t do such a hot job putting
that coating on, now this was clear coat paint, in the factory
they spray paint it with clear coat paint, and a lot of the guys say, oh that’s how we
fix them, when they’re cloudy we polish them up then spray them with clear coat paint,
but the clear coat paint almost always ends up cracking within a year and then it looks
worse than it did in the first place, because clear coating paint it wasn’t made
for that, now there are special plastic paints that
can paint plastic bumpers and stuff, but they’re not clear like the headlamps that
you can see through them, you want them crystal clear,
now this stuff, the headlight coating is made for that,
check out these Matrix headlights, they have the Meguiar’s headlight coating sprayed on
them once a year, they’re the same age as the other ones were
that were clear coated, and these are still crystal clear,
that’s a big reason I tell people don’t use clear coat paint on your headlights, it just
doesn’t last over time, now if your headlights are already fogged
up, you can use the Meguiar’s PlastX and that’s a polish, you can polish all of the hazy and
stuff off with this first, you just put it on a clean microfiber towel
and wipe it, then you just get the headlight coating and
spray it on, if you have a headlight that isn’t faded yet,
you would just clean it with a little windex and let it dry and then spray this on to prevent
it from getting yellow and faded in the first place,
you just spray the stuff on, then you let it dry for 3 to 5 minutes and
apply another coat, the second coat will completely seal it to
keep the UV rays out and keep the plastic nice and pliable so it won’t crack in the
sun and fade, and really, cleaning your headlights once
a year and then spraying Meguiar’s headlight coating on once a year is no big deal,
it will keep the plastic from fading and it looks great and you don’t have to worry about
polishing it and repainting it with actual clear coat paint,
and realize like I said before, if it’s plastic, you can only polish it so many times and that’s
it, then it’s just going to crack and break and you’ll have to buy another assembly,
and yes I miss the old days when headlights were made out of glass and you didn’t have
to worry about any of this plastic nonsense, but let’s face it, plastic is here to stay,
it’s cheaper to make, they can make it any shape they want so it goes with the style
of the car, plastic is here to stay so learn how to deal with it and you’ll be happy,
because really, look at the old crapper that I took out of my garbage bin when I replaced
it for a customer, it looks pretty good now,
but truth be told, you can’t use this one over, the reason I replaced it was because
it’s got a crack in the plastic and it filled up with water when it rained,
so that’s why you want to prevent it in the first place by putting the coating on so plastic
doesn’t crack, so if you never want to miss another one of
my new car repair videos, remember to ring that bell!

Bernard Jenkins

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  2. Bought the Meguiar's Two Step kit from my local Advance Auto Parts this morning. Applied the cloudy as heck headlights of my 2010 Toyota Corolla. 15 minutes later: crystal clear lenses. Amazing.

  3. It’s ironic that some humans like to bully Scott because of his energy and enthusiasm
    What were you like in primary school? A bully.
    Maybe you voted for the Greens.
    Peter from Australia

  4. "I long for the days when the chrome was thick and the women were straight".
    (And the headlights were glass).

  5. I've tries the rain x headlight polish system, and i think it works pretty good too

  6. This worked like a champ on the used 2013 Subaru I bought about 5 months ago. Thanks again, Scotty!

  7. According to my experience the PlastX is different from tooth paste by:
    – It's thinner,
    – It's without mint,
    – It's not recommended to use on teeth (while in mouth).
    Otherwise, I did not see a difference.

  8. Scotty, you didn't say if we should mask off the area around the headlamp(s) before spraying this miracle stuff on. That would be good to know.

    I have used a 3M abrasive restoration kit on three vehicles with hideous headlamp assemblies, which includes a wipe on, protective after-glaze (perhaps similar to the Meguiar's coating). The results are truly amazing: as-if-new results. The key is owning a high speed cordless drill to do the abrasive polishing and doing a thorough masking job, so one doesn't bugger the paint job on the headlamp surround (use painter's blue masking tape).

    My sister's 2004 CR-V appeared perfect, except for the hazed plastic headlamp assemblies. They were so bad, when I flew over 1000 miles to see her, I gifted her with a headlight restoration in her driveway. I borrowed a cordless drill motor from her neighbor for the job. Those CR-V headlamp lenses were utterly useless for night driving, with a deep yellow haze (we've all seen this). My sister was placing herself in extreme danger driving at night in deer country. I had her CR-V headlamps looking brand new after about an hour of hard work. Sparkling headlamps are the best way to make an old rig look brand spanking new. That was almost three years ago. I haven't heard any complaints.

    Glass headlamps aren't all that durable in sand and salt country. I was actually successful in getting a comprehensive claim on our auto insurance policy to replace a set of road hazed glass headlamp assemblies on our 1987 Saab 9000T. They were replaced as a safety issue, just like a damaged windshield. Doubt I'll ever get that lucky again. Each assembly was valued at $240 at the time. We paid the $100 comprehensive deductible. I installed the new headlamps myself. Again, freshened headlamps make an older car look as if new.

    If anyone wants to get the best price for their used high mile vehicle, I recommend freshening the headlamps as the best thing to do.

    Keep revving, Scotty. I'll try the Meguiar's on our newer vehicles. Thanks for the tip.

  9. So I just restored my headlights unfortunately I use clear coat paint can I spray this stuff on top of paint?

  10. After washing headlights and drying, I use Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. Lightly rub headlights and wipe off. Followed up with coat of Turtle Wax. Done twice a year, my headlights stay clear.

  11. 2:04. Kool. He points with his middle finger too 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😭🤣🤣😁😁😆

  12. Hi Scotty, I always love your videos. About a year ago I used the Sylvania headlight restoration kit and my headlights came out pretty darn good! But.. It had started to get hazy again a year later. I like the method you used here (wish I seen this one sooner). Anyway, can I do this now over what I did a year ago? Do I need to take off the spray that the kit had me end the restoration with? I'd love to try this but I want to make sure I do it correctly.
    Sandra

  13. Sand with 1000 grit then use 99% acetone one wipe and the job is done it's as simple as that

  14. This is not a restoring video
    This is a preventative video

  15. ChrisFix's video he uses clearcoat specifically for plastic. Im gonna go with him on this. Polish is just going to make it look shiny for a day.

  16. Yellow off headlight cleaner will wipe it right off and it's cheap, it contains a deoxidizer.

  17. Raise your glass to Scotty who took one for the team and did not use the protective coating on the wife's car just to demonstrate the comparison.

  18. I used plain old rubbing compound on my headlights and a towel. It worked fine.

  19. I used this on both my cars today. Headlights were pretty yellow and faded. Now they look brand new.
    It really is good stuff.

  20. I came here because the video was supposed to show how to restore the plastic…not how to protect new ones!

  21. Imagine this guy at a bar. Talking about how to keep your headlights clear all night long 😁

  22. I just used the Meguiar’s restoration on my 2011 Toyota Camry. The results were amazing! Good stuff.

  23. Do you need to mask the car with tape for over spray? Or don't worry about it and just put it on.

  24. I just used this Meguiar's Scratch X and it left them like new . Had to do several times it was very bad . I couldn't find the Meguiar's UV protectant so got another brand hope it works . Time will tell .

  25. I found almost new headlight at junk yard ( actually looks brand spanking new ) and I just cleaned it and sprayed the lens protectant on it . Used two coats letting the first one dry .

  26. thank you so much for sharing that with me and everyone else blessings 2 u 2 i will do that, what do u use to get scratches out of the metal surfaces?

  27. Be aware that high humidity levels will drastically affect the outcome.
    Urethane clears are very susceptible to moisture levels as they cure. Meaning that – believe it or not – in high humidity, it will start to cure before the spray even gets to the surface of the headlight. The dìfference?
    At 40% it will be as clear as glass. At 60 to 80% (Florida, tropics, etc.) humidity it will look like you're spraying on milk and you'll have a bigger mess to re-sand & clean-up than whatever you initially started with. Just sayin'.
    I'm pretty sure this is why reviews on this product are so varied and cover the entire spectrum from "fantastic" to "dismal".

  28. I just tried the Meguire's 2 step with the coating spray and it gave me the best results I have ever seen. It seemed a bit cloudy when the lens was smooth so I was a little worried but after spraying on the coating they became essentially crystal clear. I can't believe how good they look. Now I will have to see how long it lasts but this Meguire's is all I'm gonna use from now on. I tried toothpaste and a couple of the cheaper kits but this is worth the extra $10.

  29. more then i pay attn to what he saying, my focus was on why the hell he screaming for…damn
    God bless his boyfrnd if he is not single

  30. You showed using the spray with the headlight removed. Any issues with applying it when still mounted to the car?

  31. I just got a set of H13 led headlight bulbs from TORCHBEAM company…
    never heard this brand before but have a great output lol

  32. We are waiting for some bright entrepreneur to develop a product to REseal cracked plastic headlights. As many have discovered, aftermarket replacement headlights cost a fortune, and most of us would be content simply to "fill-in" the plastic fissures with a new, bonded layer of plastic.

  33. Hi Scotty, I love your videos..,I learn so much!
    I have a 2010 MDX where the clearcoat appears to be peeling. I had a guy who was mechanically incline I was told restore my MDX somewhat cloudy headlights a few months ago. Now I’m seeing peeling. How do I fix this….will your method work?
    Thanks, Annemarie C.

  34. My balls quiver and my cock stiffens at the thought of Scotty yelling at me about cars at 3 am

  35. He sounds just like Matt Foley motivational speaker. “I live in a van down by the river!”

  36. He's right. I have to clean my headlights every year. I wish I had known about this product much sooner. Thanks Scotty!

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