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About Headlight Cleaning

About Headlight Cleaning

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Current state of headlight cleaning in auto detailing

Headlights are one of the most important parts of the automobile exterior. Glass headlights were standard between the 1950s and 1970s, but most modern vehicles use resin headlights, which are light and durable. Most resin headlights are made of plastic, which can be easily processed into various shapes. Today, headlights are not simply lights, but key parts of the design of a vehicle that come in a variety of forms. However, it is also true that there are various problems with plastic headlights which do not occur in glass headlights. The most serious of those problems is "yellowing", when the headlight begins to turn yellow. It sometimes takes only three years for the headlights of a new car to begin yellowing. The auto detailing industry has long sought ways to deal with this, but the causes of deterioration are complex, and one misstep during headlight cleaning can cause various other problems. It remains challenging to handle yellowing reliably.

History of headlights

Headlights were adopted as a safety measure very early in the history of automobiles. Rolls-Royce was the first to do so over 100 years ago. Headlights continued to change and improve. With the introduction of the rectangular headlight in the 1970s, headlights became a key element of automobile design. In 1981, the world's first resin headlight was developed, making it possible to design headlights with complex curved surfaces instead of the conventional flat shape. In 1989, an even greater variety of designs became possible with the development of multi-reflector headlights, which are now becoming standard for modern vehicles.

History of headlights around the world

1909: Introduction of first electric headlight (France)
1937: Introduction of retractable headlights (United States)
1961: Production of rectangular headlights begins (England)
1974: Use of rectangular quad headlights (United States)
1986: Introduction of projector headlights (Germany)
1989: Introduction of multi-reflector headlights (Japan)
1991: Introduction of HIDs (high intensity discharge lamp) (Germany)

History of headlights in Japan

1914: Datsun No. 2 adopts electric headlights
1932: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. succeeds in producing headlights domestically
1957: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. succeeds in domestic production of all-glass sealed beam headlights
1966: Introduction of rectangular headlights
1967: Introduction of irregularly shaped headlights
1979: Introduction of irregularly-shaped halogen headlights
1981: Introduction of the world's first resin headlights
1984: Introduction of all-resin (both lens and reflector) irregularly shaped headlights
1987: Introduction of projector headlights
1989: Introduction of multi-reflector headlights
1996: Introduction of HIDs (high intensity discharge lamp)
Zen-Xero Vario
●Size: 100ml
●Main ingredient: Organic Polysilazane
●Application method: By hand
Ease of Use:☆☆☆☆☆
Now polycarbonate resin, rather than glass, is used for a material of headlights, and a various shapes of headlights exist. Headlights are important parts to determine the design of a vehicle. Deterioration and white turbidity of the hard coat layer of the surface of headlights are considered as a weak point of polycarbonate. It is common to polish and remove the hard coat with a water-resistant paper, buff the surface with compound to recover the transparency, and then apply a coating or paint on the surface to fix this problem. However, a product specially designed for headlights is needed to give the maximum effect to the material and conditions which are different from the painted surfaces. Zen-Xero Vario is formulated specially for headlights, and it prevents the deterioration of the coat itself and protects polycarbonate.
A new form of car care to prevent yellowing and deterioration「Headlight Protection Film」

  • Purchase model-specific Headlight Protection Film

    We have a wide variety of films for models ranging from standard Japanese automobiles to in-demand European and American cars.
    Film will be sent to you pre-cut in the shape of your desired vehicle model so you can apply it immediately.

  • Headlight Protection Film starter set

    This set contains the mounting solutions and squeegees necessary for installation of Headlight Protection Film.

  • Headlight Polishing Kit

    This is a polishing kit for restoring yellowed or deteriorated headlights and creating the base to install Headlight Protection Film.
Ease of use :Average
Durability :☆☆☆
This painstakingly created product uses a formula as close to inorganic as possible and is free of unnecessary ingredients to maximize the thickness and hardness of the coating. While its ease of use is inferior to the other two products, the main ingredient, organosiloxane, provides a very strong coating. This high-level headlight coating is applied by hand.
Lens Reformer 2
●Set contents:Main agent ・hardener
1. Adheres to any kind of plastic without primer.
2. Improves the appearance of the vehicle by restoring the transparency and gloss of the headlights.
3. Maintains the appearance of the vehicle for a long period with excellent weather resistance.
4. These environmentally friendly products contain no substances subject to PRTR laws or the Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances.
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