10th October 2022
Headlights often get overlooked when it comes to deep cleaning, though they are one of the most important features on your car. Without them, your vision may be compromised while driving in the dark or in fog and could be dangerous. Over time your headlights can accumulate dirt and grime which can significantly impact your headlight’s brightness and compromise safety. That’s why it is essentialyou regularly give them a good clean. The good news though, is that cleaning your headlights is relatively straightforward, not to mention regularly cleaning your headlights is something simple you can do to increase your chances of passing your MOT.
There are many reasons your vehicle headlights need to be cleaned. These are:
Using tape, make a perimeter around your headlight to emphasise the area that needs to be cleaned. Avoid using strong adhesive tape for this as you do not want to cause any damage to your car’s paintwork.
Wash down your headlights with warm soapy water. This is to remove build-up of gunk and residue.
Wet the 400-grit sandpaper and smooth across the surface until all of the flaws and blemishes have come out. Avoid any motion that can dig into the casing.
It is best to begin using little pressure when cleaning your headlights with sandpaper, then build up until you are confident applying more pressure. This is because using sandpaper too abrasively can cause irreparable damage, especially if you are a beginner using this method.
Sand any gritty areas on the casing, being sure to check your work regularly.
If needed, you may need to repeat steps 3 and 4 using 600-grit sandpaper or higher.
Wipe down your headlights to ensure all dirt and dust have been removed and dry with a microfibre towel. Then apply protective wax.
If you have cleaned your headlights and the beams are still not as strong as they should be, your bulbs may need replacing. You can get this checked by bookin your vehicle for a service at your local Merityre or you can contact our friendly team today.