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Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by jodeci(m): 9:14am On Jun 13, 2018
Why does car headlights change color after few months use in Nigeria.

My car headlights were neat and white when the car arrived from USA but after few months use in Nigeria the color is beginning to change to somehow yellow.

How can this change be prevented?
Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by soberdrunk(m): 9:20am On Jun 13, 2018
I read somewhere that you can clear it with toothpaste, I have not tried it before though and don't know if it is true oooo!!
Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by Ideylook: 9:40am On Jun 13, 2018
Part of the reason for this is that there is a lot of dust on the roads in Nigeria. As you drive, this dust in the air hits the headlight lenses and causes abrasion and scratches. It is these many small scratches that trap fine dirt and before you know it your headlights are starting to look "yellow" This process is called "oxidation"

At the factory, a (UV) coating is applied to your factory Auto headlight lenses to help protect these newer Poly-carbonate headlight and taillight lenses from the elements as well as the suns harmful (UV) rays.

In time this UV coating develops a layer of so-called oxidation over the surface, a combination of oil, dust, road grime and other air-borne contaminants is what the oxidation is made up from and is cooked onto the lenses from the heat of the lights themselves. This is why in most cases I've seen, if a car has turn signal lenses that are separate from the headlight lenses the turn signal lenses will usually have no oxidation build-up at all.

The toothpaste solution actually works. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, so it naturally works well to polish things, including metal and fills small scratches. Just don't use any kind of whitening toothpaste or ones with cooling crystals or anything like that, as they can scratch the surface badly. I used regular toothpaste, and it worked just fine.

Use a toothpaste-laden cloth - Firmly rub the surface of your headlights with the toothpaste-laden cloth in small circles. Add water and toothpaste as needed, and expect to spend up to five minutes cleaning each affected light. Rinse - Next, rinse with water and allow to air dry.

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by jodeci(m): 9:46am On Jun 13, 2018
Ideylook:
Part of the reason for this is that there is a lot of dust on the roads in Nigeria. As you drive, this dust in the air hits the headlight lenses and causes abrasion and scratches. It is these many small scratches that trap fine dirt and before you know it your headlights are starting to look "yellow" This process is called "oxidation"

At the factory, a (UV) coating is applied to your factory Auto headlight lenses to help protect these newer Poly-carbonate headlight and taillight lenses from the elements as well as the suns harmful (UV) rays.

In time this UV coating develops a layer of so-called oxidation over the surface, a combination of oil, dust, road grime and other air-borne contaminants is what the oxidation is made up from and is cooked onto the lenses from the heat of the lights themselves. This is why in most cases I've seen, if a car has turn signal lenses that are separate from the headlight lenses the turn signal lenses will usually have no oxidation build-up at all.

The toothpaste solution actually works. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, so it naturally works well to polish things, including metal and fills small scratches. Just don't use any kind of whitening toothpaste or ones with cooling crystals or anything like that, as they can scratch the surface badly. I used regular toothpaste, and it worked just fine.

Use a toothpaste-laden cloth - Firmly rub the surface of your headlights with the toothpaste-laden cloth in small circles. Add water and toothpaste as needed, and expect to spend up to five minutes cleaning each affected light. Rinse - Next, rinse with water and allow to air dry.


Please if you are based in Nigeria which of the toothpaste brands do you use? Maclean's,sensodyne,Colgate etc. Just name the brand you use.

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by Ideylook: 10:27am On Jun 13, 2018
jodeci:


Please if you are based in Nigeria which of the toothpaste brands do you use? Maclean's,sensodyne,Colgate etc. Just name the brand you use.

It doesn't matter - just make sure it is a good quality name brand WHITE toothpaste - Colgate, Maclean's will do.

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by mejai(m): 4:19pm On Jun 13, 2018
naija stress.... e too much for d headlamp.

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by diportivo: 6:43pm On Jun 13, 2018
that ur white headlamp na chinko....no be follow come
Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by jodeci(m): 6:56pm On Jun 13, 2018
diportivo:
that ur white headlamp na chinko....no be follow come


This is not true,even original follow come goes haze after awhile in Nigeria.

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by Nobody: 7:52pm On Jun 13, 2018
mejai:
naija stress.... e too much for d headlamp.


It even shows in the people eyes. Most Nigerians have this yellowish bloodshot eyes grin

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by larrynakel: 11:03pm On Jun 13, 2018
Lol
EgunMogaji:


It even shows in the people eyes. Most Nigerians have this yellowish bloodshot eyes grin

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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by DukeNija(m): 8:30am On Jun 21, 2018
diportivo:
that ur white headlamp na chinko....no be follow come


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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by diportivo: 10:25am On Jun 21, 2018
DukeNija:


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Re: Why Does Car Car Headlights Change Color After Few Months Use In Nigeria by Karen458: 5:50pm On Dec 24, 2018
You can learn different methods of cleaning headlights with vinegar by clicking the link.

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