A common problem us owners find on Subarus, or any vehicle of this age really, is the prevalence of deteriorating plastics on our headlights.
Luckily with this being a rather common issue it means that there’s plenty of ways to remedy this.
You can see my headlight looking a little hazy in this removal picture:
I was gifted an Isopon Headlight Restorer Kit to try out, so let’s see how it fared tackling these worn looking lenses.
First step is removal. You can obviously repair the lenses with the headlights still in situ, but they aren’t too difficult to remove so I did just that.
Couple of bolts, not forgetting the ones behind the grille, and a little wiggling and it’s free.
Next up is the scary part, taking some fine-grit sandpaper to the lenses. You’d be forgiven for thinking this sounds like a terrible idea but it’s all part of the process.
Once you’ve finished sanding you’ll be left with some very sorry looking lenses. But it’s very important to get them nice and smooth all over at this stage.
Now the magic happens. Applying the coats of clear lacquer provided in the kit finish the process off very nicely, much better than I had imagined.
It really does bring your headlights back to life. Check out the results:
And a before/after shot:
As I said before there are many methods and products for refreshing fogged headlight lenses, and I’m not saying this method is any better than others, but I think you’ll agree the results speak for themselves.
If your headlights are looking a little passed their prime, I’d definitely recommend taking the time to improve them. It’s super easy and can be done within a couple of hours.
Let me know in the comments below if you have your own favourite method!
Here’s the finished article, refitted: