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Little Knocks Services

Why you should have your headlights
professionally restored.

UV radiation from the sun, and road debris damage the clear plastic headlight covers over time. Little Knocks are experts at reconditioning your headlights back to their original condition.


The clear lens over your vehicle’s headlight is made from a type of polycarbonate plastic, which is prone to scratches and sunlight damage. Car manufacturers apply a UV radiation protective clear coating over the polycarbonate lens, but this coating naturally fades over time and often far quicker than the life of the car. The lens plastic eventually degrades in sunlight and from road debris, causing the foggy, yellowed, scratched and damaged appearance you often see. This problem is often worse in regions such as Brisbane which have high levels of UV exposure.

Headlight covers are not only a cosmetic eyesore, they are a vehicle safety hazard. The haze that can form on your headlights reduces the amount of light that projects onto the road – reducing visibility. Its not only important to recondition your headlights to keep your car looking its best, but to make sure you maintain maximum visibility.  

If the UV protective coating is not reapplied to a damaged headlight lens, then the damage will continue to occur until the headlight is beyond repair and costly replacement parts will need to be installed. Headlight repair and restoration is faster, cheaper and easier than part replacement. 

Should I use a DIY headlight restoration kit?

Consumer grade DIY headlight restoration kits (found here, and here) often contain a mild abrasive paste, and an applicator to restore clarity. It is not advisable to use a consumer grade headlight restoration kit for a few reasons:

  1. They do not provide the same quality of tools and materials used by professionals, such as an OEM standard UV clear coating. This compromises the longevity of the DIY results.
  2. Without adequate protective coating your headlight will become damaged again quickly.
  3. The average cost of a DIY restoration kit is roughly half of the cost of professionally restoring one headlight.

How Panel beaters restore vehicle headlights.

As seen in the video above, the technicians at Little Knocks use thorough restoration processes, and the highest quality materials to recondition and restore your vehicle’s headlights. 

  1. The initial process begins with removing the light unit from the car. This allows for easier access to the lens, and enables us to work faster.
  2. The surface of the lens is dry sanded back using a range of grit sizes. The course grit size is useful for removing they layer of ‘dead’ plastic. Finer grit sanding is used to restore a more polished surface.
  3. Once sanded, the surface is cleaned with a purpose cleaning solution which also helps prepare for the clear coat. The light is then taped to protect it from overspray.
  4. The automotive painter then prepares a OEM grade UV protective coating. This is then coated twice onto the headlight using the highest grade of automotive paint applicators.
  5. After the clear coat curing time has passed, the tape is removed and the headlight is ready to be re-installed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

9.5/10 times it is easier, quicker, and considerably cheaper to have us restore your headlight rather than replace it. OEM replacement headlights are costly, plus the labour to have them fitted. Aftermarket headlights range in quality and we have experienced units that do not fit properly. For a fraction of the cost, you can have your current lights restored to their original condition.

Yes, QLD law states that a vehicle is not roadworthy if “[headlights] are not clearly visible under all normal conditions and of a consistent intensity, or are affected by dirty lenses or poor electrical contact.”

Driving with damaged and cloudy headlights drastically reduces the effectiveness of light transfer through the lens. This is an extreme road hazard has driver visibility is reduced, as well as other vehicle’s ability to see you. 

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Little Knocks GooGLE REVIEWS

Harley BoydHarley Boyd
03:16 04 Dec 23
Extremely good customer service. Had a incident and needed repairs done Asap. Little Knocks went above and beyond to complete works in a very short time frame. Highly recommended.
steve Pulvernissteve Pulvernis
06:31 19 Nov 23
Great people; great work; great prices! A truly honest owner, am very happy with the work, no silly mark ups on parts. Am recommending to all my friends.
Alexander KayrinAlexander Kayrin
04:43 22 Sep 23
High quality work, great service and good price. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!The guys did a fantastic job on the dents and scratches i had to the bonnet and front bumper of my Subaru. Fixed and repaired the alloy wheels, had them looking brand new! After getting 5 other quotes, Little Knocks were the best priced.
09:37 11 Sep 23
Scotty and the team are perfectionist. It's so rare to find work at this standard by fellas this genuine, yet at such a fair price.Thanks heaps Scott
robin linrobin lin
12:21 18 Aug 23
I came across an accident while parking on street. These guys get my car really well treated, their quote is 2k cheaper than one chain repairer. Get my car washed before delivery. Appreciate it as they are a good part of this unpleasant experience. From sincerity rather than anyone's requirements
rob nortonrob norton
02:03 06 Jul 23
I had MAJOR rust damage on my sprinter van in several places, to the point where the spreading rust cracked the windscreen (they put in a new one). After 15+ phone calls to other businesses telling me they weren't interested, Scott and Lee gave me a quote within hours. They turned the vehicle around extremely quickly and it legitimately looks better than when I bought it. If your vehicle is part of your business, you can't afford to have it sitting around. Don't hesitate to go with these guys, pricing was very fair and their professionalism and passion to help with repairs in unmatched. Despite being located in inner-city Brisbane, I'll be making the trip to Brendale every time if more work ever needs to be done. Thanks!
04:40 05 Jun 23
Took my Smart Fortwo 451 to them for paint n panel TLC, their quote was competitive, they very responsive and polite, and suggested some further enhancements they could do - rub back the polycarbonate sky roof and finish in new clear coat, and also refurbish dull cloudy headlights.Their paint and repair of parking lot scrapes were excellent, paint match of metallic colour was perfect, the sky roof was one of the first they've done to refurbish to factory ..end result was sensational !!! like a new car, as we're the headlight lense refurb. Just fantastic. I have other cars with a few knocks and scrapes and I would have no hesitation giving them to these guys. It also helps they are big fans of Smart cars, but also just downright excellent to deal with, on time, and good value. 6 stars!!!
Karina MaxwellKarina Maxwell
00:37 04 Aug 22
I just want to thank the team at little knocks for repainting my car very well done they all did a good job and I'm very happy with the out come I would recommend little knocks to anyone who wants a decent paint job very professional kept me up to date on things I'll be giving the team 5 stars thank u to all the guys at little knocks
Michelle DaviesMichelle Davies
07:41 21 Jun 22
I can not speak highly enough of how impressed I am by the team at Little Knocks Repair Centre… a family run business, so friendly, reassuring and professional.. they went above and beyond to repair damage in a timely manner and did an A1 job on 2016 Ford Mustang. Very happy with great price and when I picked car up it looked brand new! Would recommend to anyone, I will definitely be back.
Mary SmaregliaMary Smareglia
06:09 29 May 22
My mother went down to Little Knocks with a broken side mirror. The gentlemen was very helpful and patiently managed to fix it for her on the spot, free of charge. Very grateful to Little Knocks.
Tania BairdTania Baird
00:24 26 May 22
Just wanted to give out a very big shout out to Scott and Lee,Can’t Thankyou enough,your service was so amazingFrom the time we meet your professional was beyond anything service we had be with.May I wish you and all your team a very successful year and onward.Would strongly recommend to anyone.
Mike TraffordMike Trafford
03:17 03 Mar 22
Very prompt, helpful and professional service. Leah in the office is friendly and knowledgeable. Lee's quote was very competitive, he found a suitable time slot and attended to the work professionally, on time and on budget. We were in good hands. Job well done and no over-servicing. I recommend Little Knocks and will use them again.
Nicola EdwardsNicola Edwards
05:04 08 Feb 22
Scott & Lee are very professional and offered a price much cheaper than competitors. All very friendly and tried to help me get it as cheap as possible, as that’s what I needed. Job looks amazing - perfectly done & very reasonable price. Staff are very friendly & offered me a lift home. Highly recommend these guys for smash repairs.
frances scanlanfrances scanlan
11:48 21 Oct 21
Excellent service, very accommodating and quality work. Highly recommend this business
06:44 24 Sep 21
Thank you very much for fixing my car Lee. Your time, honesty and professionalism was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Little Knocks in Brendale for any repairs.
paul atkinsonpaul atkinson
04:56 12 Sep 21
Lee and Scott both have a courteous manner and show a keen ear while discussing what's required. Lee came out to our place to run through the job and had a quote back to us within a day. Excellent attention to detail and very reasonable rates given the high quality of work. Highly recommended!
Lukas C.Lukas C.
06:49 04 Aug 21
Lee and Scott did a marvelous job of my dated metallic Mazda 3. It was a gleaming new car afterwards! They were fair, professional and quality all round. Will recommend for sure 😀
Bonnie McBeyBonnie McBey
04:10 19 Jul 21
Very professional, came to the house for the quote, emailed it straight to me, no hassle. Went to some others and I didn’t receive a written quote, one didn’t even ask my name!I booked my car in with Little Knocks and three days later I have a bright shiny virtually new car. Very happy with the guys.