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The Do’s and Don’ts Of Cleaning Headlights

During the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, especially in Maryland. Driving in the rain, snow, and fog with cloudy headlights is not only extremely difficult, but dangerous as well.

That is why it is important to always make sure your headlights are in tiptop shape. When cleaning your headlights, be sure to follow our guide on what to do, and more importantly, what not to do.

Do: Sandpaper

The most common contributing factors of foggy headlights are road debris and UV rays from the sun. Over time, both of these things will wear down the protective coatings on the lights. The only way to remedy the situation is to remove the cloudy protective layer and add a new coating.

Using sandpaper is one of the best DIY ways to remove all the dirt and grime from your headlights. Start by washing the area with soap and water, and then dry thoroughly. In order to protect the surrounding paint and trim from accidental scratches, use tape to completely block off the headlight.


After that, it is ready to start sanding. Remember to always keep the sandpaper wet and work in small circular motions. You can also choose to go over the headlights a second time with a finer sandpaper to ensure a cleaner turnout.

Once you are completely finished sanding, make sure the headlights are complete dry before polishing or applying a protective sealant.

Don’t: Toothpaste

If your headlights are only slightly foggy, then yes, using toothpaste might work for you. Toothpaste contains a mild abrasive that serves to remove plaque, food, and other unwanted particles from your teeth. This abrasive can also be used to remove stains and buff out the surface of a headlight..

However, toothpaste is nowhere near as effective as other methods and can further damage your headlights if used incorrectly.

The flavor crystals and other hard ingredients found in toothpaste can scratch your headlights, causing more harm than good.

Do: Glass Cleaner

Another effective method of cleaning dirty or foggy headlights is using a glass cleaner. The glass cleaner will help loosen up any debris or grime on the surface of the headlight.

To protect the surrounding areas, you will want to again put tape around the headlight cover. Then, generously spray the headlight with the glass cleaner. For best results, wait 30 seconds and then use a microfiber cloth to scrub the area.

Repeat this process up to three times if necessary to achieve the desired results. Once you are finished, you can also add a protective coating or sealant to help your headlights remain clear and clean.

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