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Qualified mechanic Adam Adler has spent half his life under the bonnet of a 4WD and has worked for some of the top accessory companies and workshops. He knows what it takes to get your vehicle out there and back home in one piece. He runs the online aftermarket store


G’day Adam,

My 2008 GXL headlights are weathered on the top and are yellow and discoloured. Is there any way of restoring them?

Barry Green, Vic.


Hey Barry,

Places like Autobarn and Burson sell headlight restoration kits. They usually have a three-part system to them. First, you sand the headlight with light paper, then you polish them and, finally, you treat them with a UV protector.

I’ve used them in the past and, sure, they bring the lights back up again but I have found that you really do need to take care of them.

The UV protector is very important otherwise they will fade a lot faster and, in six months, they may look worse. Even after they have been treated they sometimes still fade.

Hope that helps,



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