We’ve all seen car headlights that have turned “foggy” or “yellow”. Not only does it take away from your cars overall appearance, but it also creates an unsafe driving condition as the light output is greatly reduced. According to AAA, oxidized headlight lenses can block approximately 90 percent of light from the bulbs. Not only will this inhibit your view of the road and its many obstacles, but other drivers will also have a harder time seeing the approach of your vehicle. This article is going to examine the causes behind the “fogging” or “yellowing” of headlights.
Automobile headlights where originally built out of glass, but safety concerns raised during the 1970’s prevented further use, as glass was deemed hazardous in collisions and to pedestrians. Since then, headlights have been made from polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic is a very versatile product that can be easily shaped, is very durable, and lightweight. Polycarbonate plastic is also a porous material, making it prone to oxidation. Oxidation as you may have already figured out, is what’s turning your headlights “foggy” or “yellow”. Unfortunately, regular use of your automobile contributes to the oxidation of your headlights. Additional contributing factors include harmful UV light from the suns rays, dirt and grim, caustic chemicals, and acid rain.
So, what could you do to fix this issue? You could purchase a new set of headlights, but you need to be prepared to spend several hundred up to a thousand dollars. Why replace your headlights, when the only issue is the oxidation on the exterior. The more economical option is to contact KJW Detailing and setup a headlight restoration service. KJW Detailing will come to your residence and in about an hour’s time, your headlights will be restored and properly protected to a showroom new condition!
Remember, headlight restorations have two benefits. The overall appearance of your car will be enhanced, but more importantly your level of visibility during night driving will be substantially improved.
Detailing from Day One
Owning or leasing an automobile is an investment that is often overlooked until the automobile is in desperate need of a detail. The best way to protect your investment is by having it cared for by a professional detailer from day one. New automobiles are made with a “protective finish”, otherwise known as a clear coat, but this isn’t to be considered a permanent solution. To ensure that your vehicle’s “protective finish” is working properly, it too needs to be protected via a wax, sealant, or hybrid coating. It’s also recommended to have your car washed every other week and “no”, this doesn’t mean you can go to the auto wash. Let’s look at a few environmental aspects that contribute to the breakdown of a cars “protective finish.”
Damaging UV rays from the sun, acid rain, road salt, break dust, bugs, and bird bombs can and will slowly chip away at your car’s “protective finish” over time. Most wait until the damage on their vehicle is visible to get it washed or detailed, which makes it more difficult to restore your vehicle to its original condition; than it would be for a detailer to keep it looking brand-new from the beginning. Once the damage has begun, it’s sometimes difficult or impossible to reverse, not to mention the difference in cost.
Remember, that your automobile is an investment. If you take care of the exterior of your car with regular wash services and keep the inside looking great as well, when it is time to trade it in a few years down the road, it will be worth a lot more to a dealership. Dealerships will pay more for cars that have been taken care of because they’re worth more money to their customers. If a salesperson knows he or she can get more money for your car, they’re going to be more inclined to buy it at a higher price. It may cost you a few dollars more every month to have a professional detailer wash your car, but rest assured it will be well worth it in the long run.
For most of us, the thought of adding another item to your to-do list sounds like too much work. Knowing that KJW Detailing provides you with all your detailing needs, getting your automobile detailed just might be the easiest “to-do” on your to-do list. All you have to do is make one phone call to set up an appointment and KJW Detailing will come to your home or place of business. I will grab your keys, clean your car, and back in your hands in no time. Don’t wait until your car’s appearance is beyond repair to react, be proactive; ensure that your investment is properly protected by choosing to have your car washed and detailed regularly.
Car Wash Dangers
Paying to ruin your car? STOP NOW!
They’re easy, there fast, and according to your kids, they’re fun, but are you getting what you pay for at a drive-thru car wash? In short, the answer is no. Drive-thru car washes may make your car look shiny and new in the short term, but in reality they can end up damaging your car’s paint job and stripping it of protective finishes. Additionally, because of the potent chemicals necessary to clean your car in such a short period of time, even “touchless” car washes aren’t safe. To make sure your car is getting the treatment it deserves, avoid drive-thru car washes at all costs and choose an auto detailing service that will wash your vehicle by hand.
Most drive-thru car washes, especially the older ones, require the use of rails. Rails latch on to your car’s wheels and propel the vehicle through the different stages of the wash. When car wash rails latch on to vehicles they tend to scratch rims and sometimes even cause damage to the tires themselves that can lead to deflation down the road. Further, older car washes typically use brushes to wash your car instead of cloth. Brushes needlessly scratch your car’s paint job as they attempt to remove dirt. If you absolutely must go to a drive-thru car wash, make sure it’s “brushless” and that cloth is the only thing that touches your car.
Further, though most newer car washes don’t use rails and are “touchless,” washing your car by hand is still your best option. Most drive-thru car washes don’t advertise what kind of chemicals they are using and this is usually because their detergents are often overly potent and harsh. Powerful soaps, while often effective, tend to strip your car of its protective finishes. Without this protection your car’s color will fade and dirt will cling to what’s left of the paint causing you to have to wash your car more frequently.
Even after hearing all that, if you still can’t tear yourself away from the habit of going to a drive-thru car wash because of the convenience factor, consider an auto detailing service like KJW Detailing. KJW Detailing will come to your home or your place of business and wash your car, motorcycle, RV, or truck till it shines with the personal touch it deserves.