Time Lapse: Fog Light Restoration by Wet Sanding and Polishing

Difficulty Level

Tools/Supplies Needed:

• 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper
• 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper
• 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper
• bucket of water with car wash soap (or dish soap)
• paste or liquid polishing compound/scratch remover
• paste or liquid automotive wax (I used carnauba wax, but any form of wax is fine)
• 2 lint free polishing clothes
• tape
• spray bottle with water


• first start by washing the fog light with soap and water to ensure there is no dirt which could cause problems during the sanding or polishing process
• if you would like, you can tape off the adjacent areas of the to ensure you won't damage them
• using your bucket of soapy water, ensure the surface of the light is wet along with the sand paper and start with the grit that you feel is necessary
• my lights were very faded, so I started out with 1000 grit
• once you are satisfied with the 1000 grit sanding process, you can now move up to the next finer stage of grit until you have reach the finest grit available
• make sure you rinse the area and it is always kept wet for fine sanding
• once done, you can now move onto polishing compound
• apply the polishing compound and rub into the light, when it dries you can add a mist of water to help moisturize the product
• once satisfied with the polishing, you can now move onto a scratch remover compound
• you can also apply a little water to the scratch remover compound to help moisturize the product
• once done with the scratch removing compound, you can now clean the area free of water and buffing compound
• apply your choice of wax (I used Carnauba wax) for a protection and final polishing layer
• buff until high quality shine and clarity, then remove the tape

Video time lapse on restoring your vehicle's foggy/hazy plastic style fog lights cheap and easy. This demonstrates how to repair your headlights without breaking your budget and buying new fog lights or lenses. Supplies are fairly inexpensive and can be found at any automotive parts supplier and the results in the end will make your headlights look like brand new. Be sure to take your time and depending on how much time you are will to invest will affect the quality of the final clearness or polished surface. Instead of compound, you can also use tooth paste because it does have a small amount of grit in it but unfortunately doesn't work as well. This particular vehicle I am working with is a 2003 Dodge Dakota.