Wipe New Headlight Restore is designed to remove years of oxidation and yellowing from headlight surfaces. The included dual-sided sanding pad is all that’s needed to repair and restore the headlight surface – no need for power tools or specialized sanding discs. Once the headlight is clear, apply Wipe New to restore crystal clear clarity to the lens. The ceramic protection will ensure the lens remains clear for years!
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1. To determine whether you need to use the Professional Lens Polishing Pad, pour water onto your headlight lens. The way the lens looks when wet is the way it will appear once treated with Wipe New®. If the lens appears crystal clear when wet (and hazy only when dry), then you do not need to use the Lens Polishing Pad. Simply wash the lens with soap and water, rinse, and proceed to step 4. If the lens is cloudy/hazy when wet, proceed to step 2.
2. Wet the headlight lens with water and use the green side of the Lens Polishing Pad to wet sand the headlight lens and remove oxidation. Ensure the lens remains wet while using the lens polishing pad. The oxidation coming off the lens will appear as a brownish colored liquid; continue to rub until this visual indicator is no longer present. IMPORTANT: Do not allow the Polishing Pad to come into contact with painted surfaces as it may scratch these surfaces.
3. Re-wet the headlight lens and use the gray side of the Lens Polishing Pad to further polish the headlight lens.
4. Dry the lens thoroughly with the included microfiber towel and inspect the surface to ensure oxidation has been removed. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 on any missed spots. When you can see through the lens while wet, you are ready to apply Wipe New®. Repeat steps 1-4 on the all headlights, so that both are prepped and ready at the same time to apply Wipe New®. Ensure all lenses are 100% dry prior to proceeding to step 5.
5. Put on the nitrile gloves, ensure that you are in a well ventilated area and that the headlight lenses are completely dry. Tear open the Wipe-It® packet, (Do not open Wipe-It packet with teeth) pull out the applicator cloth and carefully wipe the lens ONE TIME, being careful not to get any Wipe New® onto the surrounding paint. If treating multiple lenses, do so before the Wipe-It® dries out.
6. When finished, set the applicator cloth in a location out of the reach of children and allow it to dry completely prior to discarding (a few hours). The headlights will dry to the touch in about 1 hour. Do not allow treated lenses to come in contact with direct moisture (rain, dew, etc) for 24 hours.
Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Polyether Modified Polysiloxane
Durablilty and Shine
What is the purpose of the Professional Lens Polishing Pad?
The professional lens polishing pad is used to remove oxidation from the lens before applying Wipe New®. The green side of the pad has a very fine 2000 grit sand surface that gently removes the oxidation without damaging the acrylic. The gray side of the pad has an even finer 3000 grit surface that will polish the lens prior to applying Wipe New®. After prepping the lens, apply Wipe New® according to directions.
Is it ok to apply Wipe New® in direct sunlight and/or to hot surfaces? Will being out in the sun speed up the drying process?
For best results, apply Wipe New® to a cool surface in a garage, carport or other shaded, well ventilated area. A hot surface or direct sunlight will speed drying too much and cause the surface to appear streaked. A second coat of Wipe New® will not resolve this issue.
How long does it take for Wipe New® to dry? What happens if the treated surface gets wet before it dries completely (i.e. morning dew, rain)?
We recommend that you allow 1 hour of drying time before touching the surface and a full 24 hours after applying Wipe New® before exposure to moisture of any kind. If the surface gets wet before Wipe New® cures, you may see streaking or spotting in the finish. A second coat of Wipe New® will not resolve this issue. For best results, we recommend keeping the vehicle garaged for 24 hours after application.
How can I remove Wipe New® from a painted surface?
Wipe New® can be removed from unintended surfaces if it is wiped off immediately. Within the first hour (only) of application, acetone can be used to remove Wipe New® from painted surfaces (see acetone product label for cautions). After it has dried, Wipe New® can still be removed from paint with a small amount of polishing compound, and a little time and effort. Apply the compound to a clean microfiber cloth and work it into the affected area in a circular motion until Wipe New® is removed. Afterward, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away any remaining compound residue, then use your preferred polish or wax to restore the shine to the affected area.
Why does the surface look streaked while/immediately after applying Wipe New®?
Streaking may occur if 1) prior to beginning the surface has not been thoroughly prepped (cleaned with soap and water, free of greases/oils and dust particles), 2) the cloth begins to dry during application, and/or 3) the treated surface is exposed to moisture within 24 hours of application.