Winter's fast approaching, and with the snowy season dead ahead, it's important that your headlights are as clean and clear as possible to make sure your front bumper doesn't become someone's rear bumper. Here's how to polish and restore hazy headlights the right way.

Hazy headlights suck. They reduce visibility, deteriorate the look of the car, and can be downright dangerous in sketchy situations. Here's what you need to start this easy procedure. Note: this procedure only works on plastic headlights, not glass.

Below you can find a video on the step-by step procedure:

And as an example, here's a restoration I completed on a 2003 BMW 325xi with my buffer and the steps above. Here's the before:

And after:


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