Porsche Boxster Headlight Restoration

Your Porsche Boxster Headlights may be ready for headlight restoration. The Porsche Boxster has a timeless design. One of the first questions I am asked is “what year is your car?”, followed by “it looks brand new!”

Clear headlight lenses increase your safety and improve the overall appearance of your vehicle. If your headlights have begun to oxidize your car will really show its age.

Safety Issue

Your Porsche Boxster headlights make use of polycarbonate lenses, which are a clear plastic material that resists cracking from impact. This is vastly superior to glass lenses. The downside of polycarbonate is that it has a tendency to yellow and become cloudy due to UV (ultraviolet, or sunshine) and exposure to the elements.

Porsche Boxster Headlight Restoration
Porsche Boxster Headlight Restoration

If you do not polish your headlights regularly, your headlight lenses will become oxidized. This will result in the sub-standard performance of your lens, and diminish the performance of your headlights overall. It reduces what you can see at night and equally impacts being seen by other drivers on the road.

Your headlights don’t get the credit they deserve for keeping you safe.

General Maintenance: Polish Your Headlight Lens

The good news is that with proper maintenance, your Porsche headlight lenses can be cleaned and fully reconditioned. You can keep your headlights performing optimally by ensuring that they are not faded, clouded, or turning yellow. You do this by polishing your headlights each year and sealing them.

It will become routine like changing your oil.

Polish the Headlight Lenses

To begin any simple Headlight Lens restoration you need a good electric polisher.

We do not recommend doing this by hand and definitely not using any of the drill bit polisher solutions. You need a good polisher and chances are you already have one for detailing, waxing, and polishing your car.

If you do not have a polisher we recommend the Griot's Garage Polisher , or the Chemical Guys TORQ Polisher . Also, see our comparison below. These polishers are great for your headlights but phenomenal for detailing your car.

Keep In Mind

Please don’t waste your time or money with the “wipe on – wipe off” kits that are available on the market today. The only way to clean and recondition your headlight lenses is to actually remove the outer layer of the lens and polish it back to its original shine.

This process is very much the same as waxing the paint on the body of your Porsche. When waxing your Porsche or having it professionally detailed, the detailer will remove the outermost layer of the paint (paint correction) and return the paint to a fresh shine through a multi-stage polishing process. The same process is used on the headlight lenses to return your Porsche Boxster lenses to their original state.

Step One for Porsche Headlight Restoration

If your headlight lenses are heavily oxidized skip to step two.

  1. Thoroughly wash, clean, and dry your headlights and surrounding areas.
  2. Heavily tape off the area surrounding your headlight lens.

    Porsche Purists Recommend the removal of the headlight assembly to ensure no damage to paint and body surrounding headlights.
  3. Consider covering the majority of your car using your car cover (especially if you will be sanding)

Pro Tip: When applying polish simply apply polisher compound on the headlight (rather than the pad.) And then without turning on your polisher, work the polish into the pad and around the lens. Otherwise, when you start the polisher, you will get the compound everywhere.

  1. Apply some polisher compound on the headlight (rather than the pad.) Using a simple wool pad with compound polish, your lens for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Repeat this 1-2 more times to achieve a clear lens.

This should improve the clarity of your headlight lens.

Step Two (Only for severe oxidation)

If your headlight lens is still cloudy, faded or Yellow then you need to consider a full water polish (or wet sanding) of your headlight lens. If you opt for the water sanding of your headlight lens, then be prepared to seal your headlight lens once finished.

a 6″ Griot’s Garage DA Polisher requires an expert hand when polishing.

We do not recommend using a 5 or 6-inch (150mm) backing plate, it is best to apply the water sanding polish using a 3-inch (75mm) backing plate (wheel.) You will also need multiple grit water sandpaper 1000,2000,3000 and 4000 grit.

  1. Start by applying soapy water to the lens
  2. Use a Wet 1000 grit sanding polish pad. Rinse the lens.
  3. Apply soapy water to the lens, and use a Wet 2000 grit sanding polish pad. Rinse the lens.
  4. Apply soapy water to the lens, and use a Wet 3000 grit sanding polish pad. Rinse the lens.
  5. Apply soapy water to the lens, and use a Wet 4000 grit sanding polish pad. Rinse the lens.
  6. Clean or original wool buffing pad
  7. Finally, apply some polisher compound on the headlight (rather than the pad.) Using a simple wool pad with compound, polish your lens for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Repeat the process of the first step using the polisher compound. All haze should now be eliminated and you are ready for the final stage.

Step Three (Sealing you Headlight Lens)

Now that you have thoroughly polished your Porsche Boxster headlight lenses you are ready to seal them. This is the easiest part of the process but still requires your attention in applying an even not streaky finish.

Picking a Polisher

Preview
Best Value
Chemical Guys BUF_503X TORQ Random Polisher Kit with Pads, Polishes & Compounds (9 Items)
Upgrade Option
Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Dual Action Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord with Foam Pads
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Chemical Guys BUF_503X TORQ Random Polisher Kit with Pads, Polishes & Compounds (9 Items)
Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Dual Action Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord with Foam Pads
Customer Rating
Reviews
5,156 Reviews
54 Reviews
Price
$159.99
$210.00
Amazon Prime
Backing Plate/Pad Size
5 inches (127mm)
6 inches (150mm)
Watts
680/700 Watts
850 Watts
Speed
1200 - 4200 RPM
2500 - 6800 RPM
Power Cord Length
Not Listed
10 feet
Motor Specifications
Not Listed
7 AMP, 110V
Velcro Backing Plate
Carrying Case
Details
Best Value
Preview
Chemical Guys BUF_503X TORQ Random Polisher Kit with Pads, Polishes & Compounds (9 Items)
Title
Chemical Guys BUF_503X TORQ Random Polisher Kit with Pads, Polishes & Compounds (9 Items)
Customer Rating
Reviews
5,156 Reviews
Price
$159.99
Amazon Prime
Backing Plate/Pad Size
5 inches (127mm)
Watts
680/700 Watts
Speed
1200 - 4200 RPM
Power Cord Length
Not Listed
Motor Specifications
Not Listed
Velcro Backing Plate
Carrying Case
Details
Upgrade Option
Preview
Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Dual Action Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord with Foam Pads
Title
Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Dual Action Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord with Foam Pads
Customer Rating
Reviews
54 Reviews
Price
$210.00
Amazon Prime
Backing Plate/Pad Size
6 inches (150mm)
Watts
850 Watts
Speed
2500 - 6800 RPM
Power Cord Length
10 feet
Motor Specifications
7 AMP, 110V
Velcro Backing Plate
Carrying Case
Details

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Internet Research

Every Porsche Boxster Forum site and detailing forum sites have many dedicated threads on Porsche Headlight Restoration.

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