How To Restore The Car Headlights Using This Simple Trick

Faded headlights can be dangerous while driving, not only because you can`t see properly and judge the distance between your car and others, but also because other drivers may not see you due to decreases light illuminating the road.


This incredible trick will solve this problem by clearing up the foggy headlights. As the mechanic Chris Fox shows us in the video below, all you need is toothpaste to make the faded headlight like new!

The toothpaste needs to be a paste, not gel, and preferably a bit abrasive. Don`t worry if it`s not abrasive, just add some baking soda to make the texture gritty.

You will need the following materials:

  • Toothpaste (plus baking soda, if needed)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Wax
  • Cloth

Step 1. If needed, add the baking soda to the toothpaste. Rub it thoroughly onto the entire headlight using your hand.

Step 2. Scrub some more with the toothbrush.

Step 3. Put some warm water in the spray bottle and spray the headlight, then wipe off the paste using the cloth (or                  paper towel) and dry the entire headlight.

Step 4. Cover the headlight with a wax to prevent the plastic from getting dim quickly.

Step 5. Completely wipe off the wax with a cloth.

The wax is very important here because it makes a barrier which keeps the headlight clean for very long.

Before you start with the cleaning, check the headlight. Using your hand, see if it`s smooth- this means that the fogginess is from the inside, which you can`t fix on your own. If it`s bumpy with spots on the outside, this trick will do the job.

The more foggy and yellow your headlight is, the more you`ll need to scrub. If needed, apply two coats of toothpaste to restore the original glory of the headlight.

In the video, Chris mentions that Dremel (hand power tool with a spinning brush) can be very helpful. No worries if you don`t have one, your hand work will do just fine. In case you use a Dremel, turn it on the lowest setting, to avoid melting of the plastic.

If your headlight is too old, damaged or has too much built up haze, you`ll need the help of a professional mechanic or a new headlight.