I love solar lights and have them everywhere! I tend to get really disappointed when they no longer work. Sometimes, the panel on the top just needs a good cleaning! Here is an easy, inexpensive and foolproof way to make those lights shine again!
How to Make Solar Lights Shine Bright Again
This solar lantern was only a couple of years old when it stopped working. I tried everything: clear nail polish, a cleaner for plastic, etc. Nothing worked!
The panel (or lens) on the top was cloudy from being baked in the sun. This happens to all solar light panels.
All it took was a bit of 800 grit automotive sandpaper dipped in water to restore the panel. I tried a finer grit to buff the panel but that seemed to make it cloudy again... 800 grit is what worked the best and it can be found in any auto parts store.
With another small tweak (see the blog post for more information), the light shines bright again just like it did when I first bought it!
I still love this light and hope to use it for at least another couple of years!