The #1 question in most peoples mind about headlight restoration is, ‘does it really work?’
The answer is definitely YES! Headlight restoration does work really well, whether you have them restored professionally or you spend the time to do it yourself with a headlight restoration kit.
The very next question is,
Do you do it yourself or do you have them professionally restored by a headlight restoration service?
The answer to that Question depends on your skill level and whether or not you have the time to do it.
Here are things to consider:
A Professional Headlight restoration services in Charlotte NC comes across all types of headlights. Personally I have seen from lightly oxidized headlights to brownish yellow headlights. Some of them even looked like they had bathroom scale on them. Now those are the worst. Because of experience in cases like those a pro is able to determine what type of sanding process to use to get the best result for your headlights to look like new again. Another major factor is the type of sealer that they use. Typically professional headlight restoration services use sealers that are more durable than what you will typically get in a headlamp restoration kit. Also the way the sealer is applied is very important to get a flawless finish. Here are a couple of things to consider before you decide using a headlight restoration kit. Based on the prestige of your vehicle you may just want a professional work on it as against DIY. My reason for saying this is some headlights on high end cars can cost as much as $1,750 each as in the case of the Mercedes S series. Also the most effective way of restoring headlights is using a sanding process which if you aren’t sure of what you are doing, you can not only damage your headlights but also ruin your paint job on your vehicle. Now in trying to save a couple of bucks one way it can end up cost you a bundle. Over the years I have met many individuals who were very handy but because of the type of car they’ve got decided to have a pro do the job of restoring their foggy headlights. When asked why, the reply was they didn’t want to chance it or it made more sense to have them restored professionally.
DIY or Do It Yourself Headlight Restoration Kit?
Now the question still remains, can you do it yourself? My answer is definitely ‘YES!’ If you are someone who is handy, a do it yourself kind of person then I would say give it a shot and do it, it’s worth it. You would save money and your car would look great. The key thing in doing it yourself is following the instruction to the particular headlight restoration kit you are using. Also a common mistake I see most people making is not spending enough time in the different sanding stages. Although most kits sells you on the idea that it only take a couple of minutes to restore your headlights, the realty is that it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to do them right. The nice thing about doing them yourself is that proud feeling you get at the end when you see your headlights looking like new and your car looking great again.
However, after restoring them yourself, if you did not get the results that you desire, you can always call in a professional service to restore them over. They should be able to redo them to a like new finish. My reason for saying this is because over the years I have met many people who tried restoring their headlights themselves with a kit that was bought on the internet or from the auto supply store that did not give them the results that they desired. They were all redone successfully.