how to remove clear coat from headlights

Though clear coat helps in protecting the headlights of your car still it needs to be removed at a perfect time because every single thing has a validity and when its validity time is over you must remove it otherwise it may harm your car headlights.

how to remove clear coat from headlights

Now the question arise when should you remove the clear coat from your car headlights?

The answer is simple when you will notice the clear coat has become damaged and its affecting your visibility or when it starts looking dull and yellow at that time you should remove the clear coat from your headlights.

Another question may rise that is how long does a clear coat last?

The durability of a clear coat depends on your usage. If you keep your car on a shade and protect it from direct UV rays then the clear coat of your car headlights will last for a long periods of time but if you keep your car on a direct sunlight then its durability will reduce. But if you wants to know in general then I must tell you that if you install a good quality clear coat on your headlights then it will last for 10-15 years.

So if your clear coat is looking dull and its affecting your visibility then you must know How to remove clear coat from car headlights. Because if you know the whole process then you do not have you to take your car to a nearby garage who will charge some money to do the task.

So if you wants to do the whole task by yourselves then you must read this article to know how to remove old clear coat from headlights by reading our step by step guide.

How should you do proper maintenance of the clear coat of your car headlights?

To get durability from your clear coat you must do proper maintenance of it. Now Must ask me a question that how should you do proper maintenance of it? To do proper maintenance of clear coat you have to keep attention on it. When you will not get proper visibility from your headlight at that time you should do polish of your car headlight.

How frequent should you polish your car headlight after applying clear coat?

The frequency of polishing the car headlight depends on your usage if you keep your car on a direct sunlight and allows water and sunlight to fall into it then you need to do polishing after every month to get better visibility but if you keep your car under a shade then you can polish it after many months. So the task of polishing needs upon your usage. But in general you must do polishing of your car headlights after every 3-6 months.

How to remove clear coat from headlights

how to remove clear coat from headlights

Now I will guide you about How to remove clear coat from headlights in a step by step way. But before guiding you about how to remove peeling clear coat from headlights I must say what are the materials you should have with you to remove the peeling clear coat successfully.

Things that you should have with you are Tape, Soap water solution, Sandpaper, Polisher, Liquid Wax, Microfiber towel , UV Coating Solution etc.

Firstly

If you do not wants to damage the car polish then you must apply tape around the car headlights. if you wants to take additional security then you can remove the headlights from your car.

If you are taping the surrounding of your car headlight then you must protects the surrounding of your car headlight.

Secondly

After driving the car for many months the layer of a dirt falls on every part and samewise it falls on the headlight also. So before removing the clear coat you must wash the car headlight with clean water which will allow you to clear the layer of dirt and chemicals from the lights.

To get better cleaning result you can use a piece of car wash soap or a sponge. Before moving on to the third step you must give some time to dry the water.

Thirdly

To remove the peeling clear coat from headlights you need to use a sandpaper on it. Start sanding with a 60/800 grit sandpaper. You must remember one thing that more grit number sandpaper will help you to get finer grinding result.

Before using the sandpaper you must wet the area by using spray bottle filled with mild soap water solution 

Fourthly

After sanding you will notice lot of sanding dust on it and to remove that dust you must use a soap water solution and a piece of microfiber towel to wipe out all the debris.

Next you should keep sanding the headlights until you can’t see any clear spot left on the headlights.

Fifthlty

Continue sanding the headlight by using 1000 grit sandpaper on your sanding machine. Keep the plastic wet and rub the whole headlight nicely.

It will clear all the clear coat left on your headlights and polish the whole headlight. To get better result you must sand the whole headlights for 5-10 minutes.

Sixthly

Use the 2000 grit sandpaper to get better smoothening result from the plastic lens and prepare it for polishing. Now continue to sand the headlight for 5-10 minutes by using plenty of soap water solution.

After you have completed the task you will notice that the surface the light has became very smooth and looks completely cloudy.

Seventhly

Now we have came into the last stage of sanding where we must use a 3000 grit of sandpaper to get better finishing. Before using the 3000 grit sandpaper you must use lot of soap water to wet the whole surface area.

By using the 3000 grit sandpaper you will start making the headlight clear once more. You can stop doing sanding when you can see through the whole light entirely.

Eighthly

Now take a soft cotton made cloth and soap it in a liquid lens polish. Next you should rub the cotton made cloth onto the lens surface on a circular motion. Cover the entire lens with a clear coat of polish.

To get both clear and smooth finish you must  reapply a clear coat of your choice. You should not forget to cover the surrounding areas before applying the top coat on your car headlight.

Ninthly

If you got a feeling that the polish has not disturbed thoroughly then take a clean microfiber towel and buff off the polish till you are happy with what you see.

If you are thinking of reapplying the clear coat on your headlights then I will say you to wait for 2-3 days before reapplying the clear coat on your headlights.

Tenthly

Once the clear coat is removed you have to provide and added security with carnauba wax/liquid wax. This wax will provide added protection to your car headlight from dirt and small sized debris.

Lastly

Now as the whole task of removing clear coat from headlight is done. You can remove the tape which you have applied around the car headlights to provide protection against any damage.

Conclusion

So if you are still reading this article then I think you have understood the whole process of how to remove clear coat off headlights. Now I think you are feeling much more confident that you can do the whole task of removing clear coat by yourselves.

Still if you have any question left regarding how to remove old clear coat from headlights then you can feel free to ask me through below given comment section.

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