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Best Headlight Restoration Kit? Let's find out! 3M, Sylvania, Meguiar's, Mothers, Turtle Wax & HF

if you own a vehicle long enough sooner

or later the headlights will become

foggy in yellow and need restored so do

you just use a little wd-40 to restore

them or do you go out and buy yourself a

kit now I really like kits because they

make things simple they include

everything you need but the question is

there are so many amout there so which

ones really deliver good results we're

gonna test a whole bunch of different

headlight restoration kits today and

we'll see which of these products works

the best most headlight lenses are made

of polycarbonate which is not the same

thing as acrylic Plexiglas actually

polycarbonate is around 250 times more

impact resistant than glass the downside

is that it scratches very easily and is

sensitive to UV exposure to protect the

polycarbonate manufacturers coat the

headlight lens with a primer and sealer

during the manufacturing process UV

exposure and heat causes the protective

coating as well as the outer layer of

the polycarbonate to deteriorate

resulting in cloudiness and yellowing so

basically all of these kits do the same

thing they use various types of

abrasives such as sandpaper and rubbing

compound to remove the damaged coating

and damaged polycarbonate from the

headlight lens once the damaged coating

is removed these kits also polish the

fresh outer layer of the polycarbonate

headlight lens it's not possible for me

to find 10 equally cloudy and hazy

headlight lenses from the same car

manufacturer in order to create a fair

comparison I'm going to replicate

similar conditions using some

polycarbonate sheets I'll first begin by

sanding the polycarbonate with 120 grit

using an orbital sander I'll use a new

piece of sandpaper for each sheet of

poly carbon to make sure the damage is

consistent after sanding all the

polycarbonate sheets I'll spray on a

yellow tinted protective coating then

I'll wait 24 hours for the protective

coating to fully cure it's been right at

24 hours and our test samples are ready

to be tested the least expensive product

will be testing costing only 5 dollars

and 59 cents is this product made by

Turtle Wax like new in minutes Ilyn seal

technology increases clarity brightness

and visibility designed to remove medium

oxidation and yellowing to improve

headlight performance the kit includes

precision polishing pads spray lubricant

lens clarifying compound and base coat

and lens sealing wipes made in USA wash

headlight lens to remove surface dirt

use masking tape to protect surrounding

paint surfaces step to apply lens

clarifying compound to a cotton cloth

and rub over the entire lens using firm

pressure

with a clean terry cloth if lens turns

clear proceed to step three below if

lens is not clear after using lens

clarifying compound proceed to step two

a below step two a apply spray lubricant

to Greene polishing pad and directly to

lens use pads on only those areas

requiring restoration begin rubbing pad

number one using firm pressure any

back-and-forth motion over the lens

until the oxidation is removed use the

spray lubricant as necessary to keep the

lens and pad wet in order to do a good

job of removing this coating as well as

the polycarbonate that's been roughed up

I really need a lot larger piece of

sandpaper this sandpaper is already

pretty much worn out I'm gonna go and

move on to step two flip to the tan side

of the polishing pad rub back and forth

an opposite direction ninety degrees of

the green pad for one minute keeping the

pad and lens surface wet using the spray

lubricant step be using the teal side

number three of the second pad repeat

process in the opposite direction of

previous pad for one minute flip to the

purple side number four and repeat

process in opposite direction of

previous pad side for one minute

dry lens with a cotton towel apply lens

clarifying compound and rub thoroughly

until the lens turns clear let compound

dry the haze and buff with a cotton

cloth lens clarifying compound can be

applied by machine with a foam pad at

1500 rpm open pouch containing the lens

cope wipe using a plastic glove included

in kit quickly coat both lenses with the

white once dry immediately follow with

the lens sealing white which helps

prevent future yellowing coating will

cure within 24 hours however vehicle can

be driven immediately after application

the second least expensive product will

be testing at 13 dollars and 96 cents is

this vist bella brand DIY headlight

restoration kit it claims to be quick

and easy

I first thought this product was made in

the United States because of the

American flag but after closer look made

in China

sandpaper polishing paste UV protective

liquid

step one is sanding what the sanding

disc and attach it to the backer pad

sand with three different grits to

completely remove the heavy yellowing

fading and corrosion

polishing attach the orange sponge disk

to the backer pad and apply the

polishing paste polish the lens until

shine is restored to its original

condition for best results use an

electric buffer or polisher

if polishing by hand polished with no

less than 200 circular strokes clockwise

protection cleaning the headlight lens

and make sure the lens is dry before the

protection step use the white sponge kit

provided in the kit evenly apply to

protect liquid on the surface of the

lens after apply it stay for 10 to 15

minutes to let the liquid flow evenly

itself then dry it in direct sunlight

immediately 1 to 2 hours is suggested

passing only $13.99 is this Pittsburgh

brand which is sold at Harbor Freight if

their deluxe lens renewal system to end

refined polish to restore cloudy and

dull headlights improve nighttime

visibility and brightness easy four-step

process masks and refined polish masking

tape polishing compound this pad holder

polishing pad pittsburgh has six pieces

of five hundred four pieces of 802

pieces of three thousands unlike to vist

Bella wet sanding is not required for

the first two steps using the 500 and

the 800 grit sandpaper clean the lens

with soap and water mount the disc pad

holder into the drill attach instead of

the 500 grit abrasive disc

to the disc pad holder sand lens using

medium to light pressure to remove

yellowing and surface defects Sam lens

using a slow and steady back-and-forth

action when the disc is clogged or no

longer sands effectively replace with a

new 500 grit abrasive disc

unfortunately it's Harper Freight

sandpaper just clogs very easily wipe

off and inspect the lens all yellowing

and defects should be completely removed

if yellowing defects or a portion of the

surface coating still exists continue

sanding with G 500 grit abrasive disc

until they are completely removed remove

the 500 grit abrasive disc attached and

cinah the 800 grit abrasive disc to the

disc pad holder SAN lens using a medium

to light pressure to reduce sanding

scratches from a 500 to an 800 grit

scratch wipe the lens the scratches

should be finer if any coarse scratches

are visible continue sanding with the

800 grit abrasive disc until coarse

scratches are reduced attached

incinerate 3000 grit abrasive disc to

the disc holder pad using a spray bottle

apply enough water to dampen both the

3000 grit abrasive

and the lens surface before sanding a

3000 grit abrasive disc can be used flat

against the lens sand lens using medium

to light pressure to reduce the 800 grit

scratches to 3000 grit scratches miss

the surface with water if it dries

during sanding attach and center the

orange foam polishing pad to the disc

pad holder dispense a dime-sized amount

of polishing compound to the orange foam

polishing pad before turning on the

drill smear the polish with the orange

foam polishing pad around the lens

holding the polishing pad on the lens

polish the lens until the cloudy haze is

gone and the clarity is significantly

improved costing 14 dollars and 43 cents

is this 3m headlight restoration system

sand refined and polished to restore

cloudy and dull headlights compound pads

in white P 800 grit disc made in USA

gold P 500 made in Canada grey 3000 grit

made in UK adapter made in China rubbing

compound polishing pad very similar to

the Pittsburg kit the 3m kit also

includes six pieces of 500 grit four

pieces of 800 grit only one piece of

3000 grit sandpaper cleaning the lens

with soap and water not the dish pad

holder into the drill attached to the

center the P 500 gold disc to the disc

pad holder using medium to light

pressure begin sanding to remove the

yellowing surface defects from the lens

wow check out how quickly the 3m

sandpaper is removing the material

instead of the yellow coating and

polycarbonate clogging the sandpaper the

sandpaper is doing an amazing job when

the disc is clogged or no longer sanding

effectively replaced with a new gold

disc by pop the lens and inspect ensure

all yellowing defects have been

completely removed attaching Center AP

800 white disc to the disc pad holder

using medium to light pressure begins

sanding to reduce the sand scratches

from a 500 to an 800 grit scratch once

again the us-made 800 grit is doing an

amazing job by far the best sandpaper

we've tested remove the white disc

attached and Center the p3000 green grey

foam disc to the disc holder pad using a

spray bottle apply enough water to

dampen the green grey disc and the lens

surface before sanding the disc can be

used flat against the lens

compounding the lens remove the p3000

foam disc attached to the center the

orange foam compounding pad to the disc

pad holder dispatched a dime-sized

amount

3in rubbing compound to the orange foam

compounding pad before turning on the

drill smear and polish the orange foam

pad around the lens this will reduce the

splatter holding the pad flat on the

lens polish the lens until the cloudy

haze is gone and the clarity is

significantly improved costing fourteen

dollars and seventy cents is this

mother's new lens headlight renewal kit

it claims to be fast and easy made in

USA para plastic for lights plastic

polish backing plate power ball for

lights three-inch soft flex backing

plate the mother's includes two pieces

of eight hundred two pieces of 1500 and

only one piece of three thousand

sandpaper step 1 eliminating pitting and

major defects Center and attach one 800

grit sanding disc to the backing plate

spray liberal amounts of water on the

surface of lens hold the drill flat when

sanding run at four to six hundred rpm

using light to moderate pressure sand

using back-and-forth overlapping motions

at slow and steady pace adding more

water as necessary to rinse away residue

wipe lens dry with the towel and inspect

it should have an even visible haze

throughout step 2 reducing the haze

center and attach one 1500 grit sanding

disc to the backing plate spray liberal

amounts of water on the surface of the

lens hold the drill flat when sanding

running at four to six hundred rpm using

light to moderate pressure sand using

back and forth overlapping motions at a

slow and steady pace adding more water

as necessary to rinse away residue wipe

lens dry with towel and inspect step 3

preparing for polish Center detach the

3000 grit foam finishing disc to the

backing plate ensure surface is dry and

do not wet surface hold the drill

flatlands sanding running at 1300 to

1700 rpm using light to moderate

pressure sand using back and forth

overlapping motions at a slow and steady

pace polishing the lens centered attach

the parable for Lights foam polishing

tool to the backing plate apply a nickel

sized amount of powerful lights to the

center of ball start to drill slowly to

reduce slinging use moderate pressure as

polishes spread increase speed to 1300

to 1700 rpm adding polish as needed

polish in a small area until entire lens

is clean and clear using back and forth

overlapping motions buff and clean with

a dry microfiber towel costing nineteen

dollars and ninety nine

sense is this Sylvania headlight

restoration kit three time award winning

product

lifetime warranty surface activator

clarifying compound UV block clear

co-locate three sheets of sandpaper

supplied in the kit identify the 400

grit 1000 grit and 2000 grit sand papers

fold the three sheets in half using

one-half of each sheet for each

headlight begin sanding with the 400

grit sandpaper fully wet the headlight

lens and sandpaper with clean water sand

the surface of the headlight lens using

even circular motions and medium

pressure continue to add water as you

perform the sanding process keeping the

headlight and the sandpaper wet sand the

entire surface until the headlight lens

feel smooth to the touch

step 2 sand and polished using 1000 grit

sandpaper and medium pressure sand all

headlight lens surfaces multiple times

adding water is necessary for

approximately 5 minutes using a 2,000

grit sandpaper and firm pressure sand

all headlight lens surfaces multiple

times adding water is necessary for

approximately 5 minutes open the packet

labeled clarifying compound apply a

quarter-sized dollop onto one of the

white towels provided about one-half of

the contents of the package wet the

headlight lens and rub the compound over

the entire lens using even circular

motions and firm pressure rub all

surfaces multiple times for five minutes

when complete rinse the lens thoroughly

and completely dry it off you will still

see a light white haze to the lens this

is normal

reapply the surface activator for 30

seconds and then thoroughly rinse with

water step 3

UV block clear coat application

thoroughly soak the entire folded edge

of the blue towel with UV block clear

coat until the liquids extend 1/2 inch

from the folded edge starting in one of

the upper corners of the headlight lens

wipe the moist and edge of the towel

across the lens from side to side and a

smooth and continuous motion the most

expensive kit we'll be testing is this

McGuire's headlight restoration kit

costing $23.99 pro results restores

clarity to severely oxidized and

yellowed headlights

headlight coding headlight lens polish

hand pad finishing disc wires yellow

polishing pad great applicator pad

remove any dirt dust or debris from

headlight using glass cleaner and a

clean towel Tatsu 1000 grit finishing

disc 2 hand pad maintain or keep the

finishing disc wet by dunking it into a

small container with water or spring

water directly onto the disc frequently

wet the disc for lubrication the

challenge I'm finding with this

McGuire's is it starts off with a

thousand grit sandpaper with all the

other brands had somewhere between a 400

and up to an 800 grit as the starting

point and obviously you want a more

coarse sandpaper especially if you're

trying to hand sand it's a lot of work

using a 1000 grit to cut off oxidized

material remove the 1000 grit finishing

disc and attach the 3000 grit finishing

disc to the hand pad maintain or keep

the finishing disc wet by dunking it

into a small container with water or

spring water directly onto the disc wipe

the headlight dry with a microfiber

towel step 4 attach the Maguire's yellow

polishing pad to drill

step 5 apply a nickel sized amount of

McGwire's plastics polish to pad place

the pad face flatly on the surface to be

restored then tilt the pad to one side

before activating the drill heavy pad

pressure is not required spray restored

headlights with a glass cleaner to

remove all product residue and wipe

clean and dry with microfiber towel

step 8 ensure the headlight surface is

clean and dry apply the coating to the

great applicator pad begin to apply the

coating from top to bottom

evenly continue working your way across

the headlight with overlapping strokes

until the entire headlight has been

treated product dries to touch in 15

minutes

product fully cured in 24 hours in my

opinion the most important factor when

restoring headlights is having a really

good quality sandpaper just a quick

comparison between the harbor freight

Pittsburgh which I believe is the worst

in a 3m which I believe is the best both

the Pittsburgh as well as a 3m are 800

grit we'll begin with the Pittsburgh and

then use the 800 grit 3m we'll be using

the Pittsburgh applicator pad

you can see it's already clogged up and

quite frankly it really didn't do much

as far as removing material

Wow look at all that material 3m is just

getting after it and doing a terrific

job the difference between the 3m and

the Harbor Freight is the 3m is removing

products the product is actually

sticking to the harbor frame let's look

at how these products perform beginning

with the last place finisher Turtle Wax

new undamaged polycarbonate is on the

left and Turtle Wax is on the right you

can see tiny air bubbles in the new

polycarbonate but there aren't any

scratches the tiny pieces of sandpaper

and the turtle wax just didn't last long

enough to remove the yellowing or deep

scratches and the protective coating

remained sticky even after several days

of cure time and fairness to the product

is not designed for badly damaged

headlight lenses the turtle wax is on

the left and harbor freight Pittsburgh

is on the right

Pittsburgh definitely did a better job

than Turtle Wax but deep scratches

remain and without a protective coating

the headlight lenses will become damaged

by UV exposure in under a year this

Bella is on the left and McGuire's is on

the right why the vist Bella did not

remove the deep scratches the protective

coating definitely did help however even

after several days of cure time the

protective coating remained sticky the

big difference between the two is that

the protective coating on Maguire's is

not sticky and it's fully cured

McGuire's is on the left and mother's is

on the right mother's definitely did a

better job of removing the deep

scratches the protective coating for

both brands seems about the same

mother's is on the left and 3 M is on

the right 3m did an amazing job with all

deep scratches removed and only very

fine scratches remaining buying a UV

protective coating will fill in the

minor scratches and provide a

long-lasting finish with a 3m 3m is on

the left in Sylvania is on the right the

Sylvania kit did an amazing job removing

the deep scratches into protective UV

coating filled in the very fine

scratches the fully cured top coating is

not sticky or oily and looks amazing

Sylvania is on the left and the new

polycarbonate is on the right so veiny

is the only product that returned the

polycarbonate to a like-new appearance

but I almost fell for the trick that

comes in a big box it must be better

than something comes in a smaller box

the trick that a lot of marketers tend

to use 3m as well as a Sylvania did by

far the best compared to the other

products those two products I would

highly recommend purchasing now if you

buy the 3m you're definitely going to

want to put some type of protective

coating over the finished product or the

UV exposure will definitely

cause the headlight lenses to once again

fade within about a year all my video

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