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One of the signs of an aging car are cloudy headlights, but more importantly, they can be dangerous on the road. The film that develops over the plastic headlight covers dims the strength of our headlights making it more difficult to see the road at night.
There are different home remedies out there but most are ineffective or only last a short time. One of the new popular ways to shine up cloudy headlights is by using Bug Spray. But testing has shown this is a bad idea that can cause more harm than good.
The reason for the initial effectiveness of the bug spray is because it contains DEET. Deet (diethyltoluamide) was created in 1944 had been used as the most common active ingredient in insect repellents ever since. When using bug spray to clean headlights, you will see an instant clearing of foggy headlights but the reason for this is that DEET is melting the headlight’s plastic coating. Over time, this can damage and weaken your headlights and when it rains, the bug spray residue gets on your bumper and can damage your paint job as well. Besides the damage that can be done to your car, the effect doesn’t last long. Other home remedies like toothpaste and baking soda may be less harmful, but they won’t keep the shine for long.
However, one product that has been tested and proven to be the very effective is Wipe New Headlight Restore. It’s easy to apply: buff the headlight lightly with the included pad, then apply the wipe towelette and you’re done! And it’s long lasting – it comes with a guarantee for the life of the vehicle. No other commercial product offers that, and though home remedies seem like a quick fix, in most cases they turn out to be a very temporary solution and in the end, a waste of time.
Headlight Restore is affordably priced at $10 and is available at most major retailers nationwide.