DIY Headlight Restoration

DIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited Violet

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Every time we wash our car, we notice that our headlights always still look… really foggy.  With all of the traveling we are doing, we thought we should do something about that before all of our family sees Devin’s car.  We decided to use our 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver to spruce up our headlights up!  We found that it was easier than we thought it would be and it was great to get a nice car wash to finish everything off afterwords; however, it was totally 100+ degrees the day we did this and I don’t think humans are made for weather that hot… .

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DIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited Violet

CLEAN THE HEADLIGHT

Take a wet microfiber towel and wipe down the headlight.

APPLY THE AUTOMATIC MASKING TAPE

Apply automotive masking tape around the headlight as to protect the car paint when you are using the drill.  It is very easy to get tape on the headlight instead of the actual car so be careful!

DIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited VioletDIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited Violet

APPLY THE POLISH TO THE HEADLIGHT

Take a dry microfiber towel and dip it in the polishing compound.  Apply the polish from the towel onto the light while rubbing in circles.

ADD WATER TO THE BUFFING PAD

Add water to the buffing pad prior using it on the headlight.  Having a dry buffing pad can cause the headlight to warp due to heat from the friction (we speak from trial and error).

USE THE DRILL TO BUFF THE HEADLIGHT

Use the drill to buff the headlight on a low setting.  Be careful to only use the center of the buff pad from the drill as turning the buff pad on the side while drilling with cause ruts in the headlight.  If the climate or weather is very dry, you can apply more water to the buff pad before continuing to use the drill.

DIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited Violet

WIPE THE HEADLIGHT WITH A DRY CLOTH

After the compound polish isn’t as visible on the headlight, take a dry microfiber towel and wipe off the headlight to see if it has the desired effect.

REPEAT STEPS 3-6 UNTIL DESIRED EFFECT IS ACHIEVED

Since Devin’s headlight is from 2008 and hasn’t been detailed since then, we ended up repeating these steps 5 steps for desired effect.

REMOVE THE MASKING TAPE AND WASH YOUR CAR

As you can tell, the polishing compound made quite a mess.  We definitely recommend getting a car wash after this project 😉 .

DIY Headlight Restoration: Despite cleaning the rest of the car, we found that we really needed to find a way to detail our headlights. We used a Black & Decker drill for this easy to do project! | via The Spirited Violet

Overall, we were impressed with our 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver and I loved how our headlights looked after our DIY headlight restoration!  We charged it before the night before our project and the battery never died.  The power from the drill remained consistent and I thought it was a perfect size for small projects like this because it wasn’t too heavy.  I’m excited to use my drill again for more projects around the house!

Lucky for you, Black and Decker is giving away a drill and saw with this post :)- comment below what project you would use both for!  The giveaway is open to US residents who are at least 18 years old and will end on July 4th at 11:59 PM.

  • Maralie Godemann Nordfelt

    Way to go, Autumn!

    We need a drill so bad! We always borrow my father-in-law’s for projects, and it never works the way we need it to! I love the idea of buffing our headlights but first we would use our own drill to anchor our bookshelves to the wall. Our baby is crawling now! (P.S. I have a baby! Haha)

  • Maralie Godemann Nordfelt

    Way to go, Autumn!

    We need a drill so bad! We always borrow my father-in-law’s for projects, and it never works the way we need it to! I love the idea of buffing our headlights but first we would use our own drill to anchor our bookshelves to the wall. Our baby is crawling now! (P.S. I have a baby! Haha)

  • Erin Ellis

    This would be fabulous to help me finishing our swing set project, and also for the closet remodel in my kids room! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • Erin Ellis

    This would be fabulous to help me finishing our swing set project, and also for the closet remodel in my kids room! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    This is awesome! Our truck headlights are looking so sad. Thanks for this tutorial!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    This is awesome! Our truck headlights are looking so sad. Thanks for this tutorial!

  • michal

    I would use these two power tools for a project i have on my mind,it’s to build a gazebo,fix a fence around the house,and build a storage system in the basement.

  • michal

    I would use these two power tools for a project i have on my mind,it’s to build a gazebo,fix a fence around the house,and build a storage system in the basement.

  • Looks so good! Bravo 🙂
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Looks so good! Bravo 🙂
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Oh my goodness, what a great giveaway! Nate (and I) would be able to use them in our house renovation!

  • Oh my goodness, what a great giveaway! Nate (and I) would be able to use them in our house renovation!

  • What a difference! I was skeptical at first, so I’m glad you have the side by side comparison photo. We are remodeling our old house, and I love DIY projects, so I’d be thrilled to win a drill and saw!

  • What a difference! I was skeptical at first, so I’m glad you have the side by side comparison photo. We are remodeling our old house, and I love DIY projects, so I’d be thrilled to win a drill and saw!

  • What fantastic results! It looks amazing! My husband and I are using rental cars since we are living on the road, but, once we settle down and own a car again, this would be incredibly useful.

  • What fantastic results! It looks amazing! My husband and I are using rental cars since we are living on the road, but, once we settle down and own a car again, this would be incredibly useful.

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    Ok my hubby and I were JUST talking about our icky car headlights. This is soooo perfect. I would love to win this for my man. He’d be one happy camper!!!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    Ok my hubby and I were JUST talking about our icky car headlights. This is soooo perfect. I would love to win this for my man. He’d be one happy camper!!!

  • I’ve actually heard that toothpaste work too! I saw a blogger once do a whole post about it with a “does it really work” theme and it did! I keep meaning to try it myself but haven’t got around to it yet.

    • Tooth paste totally works too! You can use it instead of polish in a pinch, but you just have to make sure it is the white and non-gel kind of toothpaste.

  • I’ve actually heard that toothpaste work too! I saw a blogger once do a whole post about it with a “does it really work” theme and it did! I keep meaning to try it myself but haven’t got around to it yet.

    • Tooth paste totally works too! You can use it instead of polish in a pinch, but you just have to make sure it is the white and non-gel kind of toothpaste.

  • Julie Wood

    I would make a new picnic table with my husband. Our broke and we need to make a new one. What a awesome drill and saw to use to make it with. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Julie Wood

    I would make a new picnic table with my husband. Our broke and we need to make a new one. What a awesome drill and saw to use to make it with. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com