Frequently Asked Questions

During the 1980s, car manufacturers stopped making headlights out of glass and began using polycarbonate plastic. This material has many advantages. It’s lightweight, strong, durable, and can be transformed into a variety of shapes. However, polycarbonate is porous and prone to oxidation. To combat this, headlight manufacturers covered them with a protective film coating. The coating works well for a few years, but unfortunately can start to degrade and fall apart. The main reasons for this are:

Oxidation from UV Light. Ultraviolet (UV) rays and heat from the sun cause the lens to develop micro cracks, which cause them to oxidize and turn slightly yellow.

Damage from Road Debris. Being at the front of your car near the ground, headlights take the brunt of the damage when small rocks and road debris strike them. This creates dents and pits that mar the once-smooth surface, contributing to the development of cloudiness.

Dirt and Chemical Buildup. Road dirt and mud constantly coat the lens. During winter, salt and road de-icing can build up, causing a cloudy film. Even if the car is washed regularly, this buildup can still happen over time.

Acid Rain and Chemicals in the Atmosphere. Chemical pollutants in the air react with water vapor and oxidants, resulting in sulfuric and nitric acids. These acids fall to Earth in rain or snow. These pollutants can cause damage to car finishes and headlights. Acid rain can also break down polycarbonates in auto and headlight finishes, and create cloudiness and blotches.

OBVIOUSLY NOT! From the AAA website: “Properly functioning headlights are key to safe nighttime driving. With 50 percent of crashes occurring at night, drivers cannot afford any reduction in visibility. Yet research by AAA shows that deteriorated headlights—found on millions of vehicles on the road today—reduce the amount of light output by nearly 80 percent as compared to new lenses.”

Faded, yellowed or hazy headlights look bad, but they are also a safety concern. The degradation of the headlight causes the light output from the internal bulbs to be diffused. The beam from the headlight is weakened, and results in a reduced area or range of coverage. The less you can see, the more chances there are you could run into something. It has been suggested that as many as 9 out of 10 accidents at night are related in some way to visibility.

It’s certainly possible. I contacted Dekra, a well-known vehicle inspection service company, on this issue. The Texas area manager replied, ”Yes they can fail for being badly oxidized. It would be a judgment call on the inspector as to if they need to be replaced. Exact wording [in their checklist] is “Lamp lens is cracked, broken, discolored or missing”.

“Crazing” (not “crazy”) is a condition that produces an area of fine cracks, sparkles or stars WITHIN the plastic lens itself. It’s different from a crack in that it cannot be felt on the surface. It’s usually only visible when the headlight is on or viewed at an angle in daylight. It is usually caused by the headlight’s natural wear and tear and age. IN MOST CASES IT CANNOT BE FIXED, as it is WITHIN the plastic lens itself. I can certainly try to eliminate it, but clients need to know that if it’s in the lens, it CANNOT BE FIXED.
You sure can if you don’t mind spending HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of dollars! Call a dealership and get a quote to do this. Then call 911 so they can revive you, because you could faint after seeing the estimate. The problem is, you can’t just buy the headlight cover. You have to buy the entire light assembly, regardless of whether it’s factory or aftermarket. On top of that, there’s obviously the labor charge and inconvenience of not having your car. Still wanna buy new headlights? Sure. Go right ahead.

In most cases, YES! I can guarantee that the service will make your headlights look “brand new” or close to new. You can certainly try one of the store-bought kits available, or try one of the unique DIY methods seen on YouTube (the toothpaste one is especially cute). If your headlights aren’t badly faded or yellowed yet, those methods may work for you.

However, if your headlights are much worse, you’ll need to “bring out the heavy artillery” and it will be a more involved project. With my service, I will determine the level of restoration needed to bring your headlights back to “new” as possible. See my services and gallery pages.

Consider this. YOU’RE BUSY with work, kids, family, friends, errands, etc. HOW MUCH IS YOUR TIME WORTH? Like some things in our fast-paced world today – house cleaning, yard work, car washing, shopping, etc. – sometimes it’s so much easier to have it done by a professional.

***DISCLAIMER***: If your headlight(s) are very old, or there is a break in the seal, this may have allowed water vapor or oxidation to form on the inside of the lens. NO AMOUNT OF SURFACE RESTORATION will fix this! You will ultimately need to have them replaced, unfortunately. In this situation, I will restore the outside as close to new as I can; but realize that it will only improve so much. There are other situations where the headlights are SO badly faded or discolored, that even a total restoration will only bring them close to new.

I do NOT do headlight replacements or mechanical repairs. I am NOT an auto mechanic. I do not want to be responsible for damaging the lights or your car.

Removing the headlights increases the risk of damaging them, as well as changing their focus position. I do NOT provide auto mechanic services, and I am NOT qualified to do this.

As an expert, I usually need 1-2 hours to perform my restoration services. Depending on the level of restoration required, it may require more or less time. Like painting a house, there is some “prep work” involved, to mask off areas of the vehicle that we don’t want to be scratched or the compound and polish getting on.

The UV coating that I apply will need 24 hours to cure completely. You can drive your car as usual, right after I’m done with the service; however, it is recommended that the vehicle is in the shade during the 24-hour curing process. I will provide a time estimate when we are looking at your car.

The coatings I use claim to protect the headlights for up to a year. Depending on how you maintain your vehicle, as well as if it’s always in the sun or not, it may last longer than that. As part of my service, I can recommend some products and provide instructions to prevent your headlights from getting foggy or yellowed in the near future.

I am currently serving Collin and (north) Dallas counties. If you live outside of those counties, a $20 travel charge will be added to the service. Your understanding is highly appreciated.

No. Awesome Headlights is a mobile service company. I can either come to you, or you can come to my location; whichever is more convenient. Your home is the most convenient location to perform the restoration service; however, I can certainly provide it at your work location, as long as there aren’t any rules or ordinances making it illegal. This is for safety reasons.

The main request I have is that the vehicle is in a safe location, where I can safely and legally work on it. If your car has an alarm, it is also requested for it to be off during the time I’m working on the restoration of the headlights.

BOB
- PLANO
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"My car's headlights were foggy and dim causing a safety issue. Now they are crystal clear are bright, making night-time driving much easier!  THANK YOU, Greg.”
NASH
- ALLEN
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“Greg did an amazing job on my headlights! They look brand new! Would highly recommend. Great customer service as well!”
RICK
- PLANO
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“I’ve had two almost 20 year old vehicle headlights re-finished by Greg @ Awesome Headlights. The clarity is amazing, a like new finish that makes the vehicles headlights look show room new. An additional plus, is the improved headlight shine distance that has made driving at night pleasant again. I highly recommend Awesome Headlights.”
LORENZO
- DALLAS
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“I told my neighbors and I can see much better at night you gain a new customer.”
BRUCE
- ALLEN
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Greg did an amazing job restoring my 4Runner headlights.
DWIGHT
- SACHSE
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"My headlights haven’t been this bright since I bought the car in 2009."
DALE
- PLANO
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"Greg is the ultimate professional and showed a great passion for detail and results. Our headlights look new again!"
JON
- DALLAS
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“My headlights look like brand new after the work done on them. Greg runs a professional operation with great customer service, and the quality of his work is well worth the money.”
TRAVIS
- RICHARDSON
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“Chevy Silverado headlights now look new... great job. Greg also refurbd my Skidsteer cab door and it turned out great. The door was special apps poly door from a Bobcat T750. Highly recommended!”
MANSOUR
- DALLAS
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“He is more like a consummate cataracts surgeon!! But seriously he did a great job on my 13 years old Scion XB! Besides that, his price is great too. Thanks!”
CHRIS
- ARGYLE
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“Greg is a very nice guy, came to my driveway, and did a fantastic job restoring lenses on three of my vehicles this weekend. All of them are several years old but the lights came out looking close to new! Night and day difference. Great value, nice convenience, and major improvement from a safety perspective. You can't afford to not have this done on a vehicle that needs it- especially when it carries your loved ones.”
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