Q&A: How Long Does Headlight Restoration Last?

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

In general, headlight restoration lasts for 10 months to 3 years depending on several factors such as the type of lens, type of sealant, environmental conditions, and care or maintenance performed on the vehicle.

While environmental factors could not be controlled, the owner of the vehicle can apply a protective coating so that the headlights have better resistance against UV rays, road debris, and other environmental factors. Car washing, regular maintenance, and careful use of the vehicle are also important in keeping the sealant thick for as long as possible and prevent oxidation from recurring in a very short time.

Here are the advantages of applying sealants or clear coating on headlights:

  • Maintains clarity
  • Provides UV protection
  • Help keep headlights looking like-new
  • Seals out dirt, grime and prevents yellowing and hazing
  • Forms waterproof seal
  • Resistant to weather, extreme temperatures, vibration, shock, chemicals
  • Fills voids and irregularities
  • Prevents oxidation from recurring

Before applying the sealant, we recommend sanding and polishing the headlight to remove impurities and allow the sealant to cling onto the surface of the headlights. Aside from using headlight restoration kits and getting professional cleaning service, there are several other methods to restore headlights. You can also restore headlights to some extent using household products. For better long lasting outcome, your best options are using headlight restoration kit or hire a professional to restore the headlight for you.