All Wheel Drive Auto: Independent Seattle Subaru Service


Subaru Repair Seattle Tip: Recondition Your Headlights


A very common thing to happen to your Subaru is to have the head lamp lens become pitted and glazed over which can greatly affect how well the head lights perform.


Being able to see at night is very important but replacing modern headlight assemblies can be very expensive.  Typically they are a couple hundred dollars a side plus labor.


All Wheel Drive Auto has a solution.  We have been reconditioning headlight assemblies for awhile now and thought it would be a good idea to post some information to share about the process and how it can be an inexpensive way to see the light.

I want to stress that the quality of the finished product has a lot to do with how badly sand blasted the lights already.  This process will improve the lights for sure but they will not look better than new and we would never want to represent the process as such. 

Here are some typical before and after pictures.

Before Repair After repair closeup After Repair Before After refinish

You can see the significant difference in appearence


4 Responses

  1. Hi Ryan,

    We use a Process made by the 3M company.

    It is a professional product that involves sanding the head lamp lens smooth( no pitting) and then polishing out the lens.

    It takes us anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or so to complete.

    There are some cheap kits out there but I have never found them to last.


  2. remember to check your headlights on older models..the factory lamps are not very bright. they are inexpensive and easy to replace just look in your manual..i kept spares in the glove box..

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