Cerakote Headlight Restoration Kit

The headlights on Sydney's car were super oxidized, yellowed, and opaque looking. She had been complaining about not having bright enough headlights when it's dark (which, here in Ontario, is most of the time in the winter). She has a 2012 Honda Civic, and even though it's an older vehicle, the price of new headlights is still pretty high (they range from $102 to $123 CAD per headlight on RockAuto.com).
Now, I had the same issue with the headlights on my 2008 Saturn Astra and the cost to replace those headlamp assemblies was prohibitive to be sure (the assemblies are not even available through RockAuto; in fact, I often have to order parts for my car from the UK or Europe, like my b-pillar door seals, since it's a Vauxhall/Opel). So, I followed a restoration process promoted by ChrisFix, and it worked . . . just ok.
So, I did some research and found a kit made by Cerakote (Amazon.ca | Amazon.com). Not surprisingly, I found a number of YouTubers using the product, demonstrating the process, and for the most part endorsing the product. So I ordered a kit for Sydney and gave it to her for Christmas (actually, the gift was not so much the kit but my labor๐Ÿ™‚).
Today, we finally got some sun and the temps were reasonable, so I busted out the kit and went to work. I did not video the process; you can see an instructional video from Cerakote here. I followed the instructions very carefully, and when I was finished, I stood back and, to be honest, I was quite shocked--in a positive way. I hope the photos below do justice.


Right (passenger side)
Left (driver side)


Right (passenger side)
Left (driver side)
Now all we need to do is wait to see if they remain this clear. But right now, I am really quite pleasantly surprised!

Next up...

When Syd got her winter tires installed, they told her that the driver's side outer tie rod end needs replaced, but could wait. I checked it today, and, yep, it needs replaced. It's still not horrible yet, so I may wait to replace them right before she gets her all-season tires back on. Then she can have them check and adjust the alignment as needed (replacing tie rod ends typically requires alignment adjustment). But I told her that if she starts to feel any vibration, especially when braking, to let me know and I'll replace it sooner. I mean, I already have the parts.๐Ÿ™‚