How the use of sandpaper effects plastic headlights is a noteworthy subject for anyone who has designs on using that method to remove cloudy oxidation buildup from their headlights.
Once you take a closer look at the process you may also ask the question…
Why would anyone use sandpaper on their headlights?
We understand why a auto detail service would. It is source of generating income for the business and ” It’s not a job the average person would want to do on their car”
Individuals who chose to use abrasives on their own headlights have been convinced there is no other way to do this task. But if you stop and give it some thought and ask your self.
What is the reason you clean anything?
1. To expose the natural surface
Why expose the natural surface?
1. To increase light projection
2. improve the appearance.
In the course of normal use a headlight may become pitted with small scratches and nicks. Under normal circumstances these scratches and nicks have no effect on light projection. This is not a reason people have their headlights cleaned.
In the same course of normal use a headlight may become oxidized and clouded effecting the overall appearance and restricting the amount of light leaving the lens. This is the main reason a individual would seek to clean his or her headlight.
Finally abrasive resurfacing kits and sandpaper will leave a cloud on a lens that can reduce light projection and create a base for oxidation to cling to.
Scraping millimeters of thickness off the outer surface of the lens away by use of abrasives has been a preferred method of detailers in simpler times,
It was a simple 123 process.
Sandpaper would quickly remove the clouded oxidation along with part of the lens surface. It is used in several grades during the resurfacing process.
Polish is necessary to smooth out the rough course surface left by the sandpaper, Polish will strip off more of the lens surface as it wears down the scratches left by the sandpaper.
A Sealer is needed to cover the surface which is left smooth and cloudy by the polish. The sealer will give a smooth shiney appearance by covering up the damage caused by the abrasive cleaning.
Sandpaper has a critical effect on the surface to which it is applied, in this
observation the surface of a plastic headlight is the application looks improved but the reality is the headlight has been damaged beyond repair.
It can damage, destroy and remove the Ultra Violet light protection if the layer is applied to the lens surface.
Sandpaper for oxidation removal is ” didn’t think it out” overkill and should not be used on your modern projector headlight lens.
However like cigarettes and alcohol that are sold with the understanding that when used as designed they can cause damage to the user.
Sandpaper and abrasives cause damage to what they are applied to and it is up to you to make the choice that is in your best interests.
In order to make good choices you need good information,
What is the alternative of abrasive cleaning to remove oxidation?
A non abrasive acrylic lens Deoxidizer
This is the Fastest, safest most efficient way to
remove oxidation from headlights and restore the lens to its most natural appearance.
1. a deoxidizer removes oxidation on contact
2. a deoxidizer only effects the clouded acrylic oxidation
3. a deoxidizer does not require polish or a sealer to cover damage after use
4. a deoxidizer can safely be used multiple times on the same surface through out the life of the vehicle
5. No tools or special skills are needed to use a deoxidizer
6. using a deoxidizer is a One Step Process that takes less than a minute
7. a deoxidizer will not cause damage or alter the surface of the headlight in anyway
8. a deoxidizer will not remove or harm the Headlights UV protection
Finding sandpaper is very easy, every hardware store carries it, as well as automotive stores and home improvement centers.
Finding a deoxidizer is also very easy, you can find it on the internet from any place in the world.
Keep in mind that oxidation is a naturally and reoccurring event, there is no known one time treatment that will prevent it’s re occurrence. UV damage is non reversible by any known method.
The “cleaning” process is one that will have to be repeated, multiple times in the future life of the lensen
Will you be cleaning your lens or resurfacing it? what you decide can have long range consequence if you choose to resurface instead of clean.