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4 Signs You May Need a Headlight Restoration Service

Headlights can get hazy, dull, yellow, or scratched over time as your car is exposed to elements such as sunlight, debris, and air pollution.

But it’s important to restore foggy headlight lenses as soon as you notice them. This will not only keep you up-to-date on vehicle maintenance, but also help you see better and drive safely with clear lights. Plus, restoration is a cost-effective alternative to a full headlight repair or replacement.

You may need a headlight restoration service if your lights are:

1. Hazy, Foggy, or Cloudy

Most cars use halogen reflector headlights, which are covered with a clear protective coating that prevents scratching and other damage. But salt, dirt, and UV rays are just a few things that can break down the lens coating and make your lights cloudy. 

These lens covers become hazy and require a good cleaning after a few years. Otherwise, they can impair your vision on the road — especially at night and in the rain.

If you’re having trouble seeing behind the wheel, check to see if a cloudy or foggy headlight lens is to blame. With a headlight restoration service, you can clean and sand the headlight lens to eliminate any film from the protective coating.

2. Dull, Dim, or Yellow

Sun and rain not only cloud your headlights; the elements can also make them dull and yellow. Depending on where and how often you drive your vehicle — and especially if you park your car outside — its headlights can start to deteriorate after just three to five years.

Once they become yellow, cloudy, or full of condensation, headlights produce only 22 percent of the light they emitted when their lens covers were brand new. 

But a headlight restoration service is a cost-effective way to brighten your lights and reverse the yellowing process. By treating your lights to some much-needed maintenance, you’ll see clearly and drive safely for years to come.

3. Scuffed, Scratched, or Cracked

Rocks, debris, and minor accidents can easily scratch the plastic lens on your car’s headlights. This happens even with your lights’ protective cover, thanks to sunlight, air pollution, and other elements eroding the plastic coating.

Scratches and other headlight imperfections are not only unsightly, but also dangerous as they reduce the amount of light emitted, impacting your visibility on the road.

But by restoring your headlights, you can sand and polish the lenses to smooth over any cracks in the protective coating. This will help you prevent moisture and debris from getting inside the light and cracking the lens, which could lead to a costly repair down the road.

4. Difficult or Dangerous to Drive With

If you’re struggling to see while driving in the dark or the rain, you could be at a greater risk of getting into an accident. And with 50 percent of car crashes happening at night, drivers like you can’t afford to let dull or hazy headlights reduce your visibility.

Get into the habit of checking your lights for signs of deterioration. If your lenses look cloudy, yellow, or scratched — or if you struggle to see the headlight bulb — it’s time to schedule a headlight restoration service.

Cleaning and sanding your headlights is an affordable way to maximize their performance and reduce glare (for you and other motorists). Then, you’ll be able to travel more safely no matter when or where you drive.

You don’t have to settle for dull, cracked, or hazy headlights!

With a quality headlight restoration service, you can:

  • See clearly while driving at night and in the rain.
  • Protect your lights from wear and tear.
  • Avoid an expensive headlight replacement.

A car care professional can help you bring the shine back to your headlights so you can see clearly and drive safely — no matter the weather or time of day.

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That's why, at Premier, you’ll get more than just exceptional service for your car.

You’ll drive away happy knowing you’re also valued and a huge part of supporting and celebrating others.

If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.


Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Full Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Surface Scratches

UV Protection


No-Bond Surface


Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.