How to Restore Headlights – Cleaner, Brighter Lenses on Your Jeep

How to Restore Headlights - Cleaner, Brighter Lenses on Your Jeep

Maybe you haven’t given much thought about this before but there’s a lot that goes into the design of headlights on vehicles these days and making sure they stay in top condition is important for safety reasons. Your headlights are one of the most important safety features on your Jeep. If they’re dirty, dark, or foggy, it’s hard to see in front of you and make out what obstacles are coming up in your path. This is a common problem for off-road vehicles that explore unpaved roads or drive through mud often. But don’t worry – there are steps you can take to restore them back to their original state! All-in-all we just want you and all your other drivers to have a great time on the road and make it home safe.

This article will show you how to clean and polish your headlights with an easy DIY project that doesn’t require any special tools. Besides, you may be interesting in how to adjust your new jeep headlights.

Steps to Restore Jeep Headlights:

  • How to Restore Headlights - Cleaner, Brighter Lenses on Your JeepClean the headlights with a clean cloth, wiping from inside out. Make sure you get all of the dirt and grime off! If it’s stubborn, add some water or vinegar on the cloth before wiping. Keep at it until there is no more residue left behind – this ensures that you’ll be able to see clearly in front of you.
  • Use a polish like carnauba wax, and apply it evenly all over the headlight lens with your clean cloth. You only need enough so that there is an even coat across both halves – if too much is applied, wipe it off until just right amount remains on both sides.
  • Use a buffing pad to rub the polish into the headlight, taking care not to work too hard or apply excess pressure – you could end up scratching your headlights! Rub in small circles and move steadily across both halves of the lens until they are completely clean with no residue left behind. Buff them for as long as necessary to achieve a perfect shine.
  • Repeat the process on any other dirty headlight lenses, and you’re all set to go! Enjoy those brighter, cleaner headlights that make your Jeep even more awesome than it already is.

Expert Tip: Never polish your headlights with a high-pressure washer or pressure sprayer! These can cause actual damage to the glass and headlamp lens, as well as stripping away any sealant that may have been applied in the process of cleaning them.

And final tip, if you have the time to do so, is detailing your headlights. This will help keep them clean and free from grease or other materials that can make it more difficult for the light to shine through.


Headlights need care just like any part of our vehicles because not only does their performance affect us but also how others see us (especially after dark). Cleaning headlights isn’t always necessary but there are some benefits when cleaning headlights, such as restoring them to their original appearance. You may also want to repair headlamps if they are damaged or unevenly lit because it will cause other drivers difficulty seeing your vehicle.

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