Saturday, November 5, 2016

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

I realize this may be a little bit of a departure from my normal DIY posts, but I had to share this new product I discovered.  My hubby has tried all of the leading brands that promise new headlights, with less than optimal results.  Some would be OK for a month or two, but then they would be cloudy again.  Others didn't work at all.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore



Until last year, both my husband and I had vehicles over 15 years old and he was frequently restoring the plastic on our headlights.  Well, "Ol' Bessie" (My Ford Explorer) finally died last Fall and I traded her for a newer, younger model, so I don't have to worry about cloudy headlights...yet.  But, my hubby's 17 year old car is another story.  I drove it about a month ago, in the rain, at night and COULD NOT SEE A THING!

Enter RustOleum Wipe New Headlight Restore...


Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore
Before WipeNew
I received a sample to try and since it worked so great, I had to share it with you guys! The kit comes with everything you need, except water and the process is easy as 1-2-3.  Oh and the best part?  It is under $10 at most major retailers!

Here is the Before (right headlight) and After (left headlight) and these pictures do not even do it justice.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore
After and Before

The kit contains the following:

  • 1 Precision Wipe-It infused with Wipe New
  • 1 Professional Lens Polishing Pad
  • 1 pair of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 Microfiber Towel
  • Detailed Instructions (Please read completely before starting the process!

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

Step 1: Use the green, abrasive side of the pad, to remove the oxidation.  Wet the headlight lens with water and rub the abrasive side of the pad over the lens until the water runs clear.  This took several minutes, since the headlights were so cloudy.  After the water runs clear, flip the pad over and polish the lens with the gray side.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

Step 2:  Dry the lens thoroughly, using the microfiber towel included.  Go back to Step 1 if you missed a spot.  Do Step 1 and Step 2 on both lens before applying the WipeNew.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

Step 3: Put on the chemical resistant gloves (and we also put on a dust mask, to keep from breathing the fumes) and tear open the wipe and rub it over the lens ONE TIME.  Repeat on other side before it dries out. Take care not to get it on the painted surfaces around the lens.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

The headlights will dry to the touch in about 1 hour and you should not allow the treated lens to come into contact with moisture for 24 hours.  You can see how clear the lens is up close.  My hubby said they had not looked that clear since the car was new!

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

It claims that one application will last for years, so I will come back and update this post later to let you know how it is holding up.

Restoring Old Headlights with WipeNew Headlight Restore

There is a great process video HERE if you want to check it out!  Do you have a car you could use this on?  If you try it, share your results on social media using #wipenew

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