Updated: October 14, 2016
Headlight Restoration Kit Reviews:If you have owned your car long enough, you may notice that the headlights are not illuminating the roadway like they used to. The plastic headlight lenses that you see on many cars often get an oxidation effect which leaves them hazy. This means that when your lights are on, say while driving at night, you are not getting the best illumination possible. In reports we read, many drivers don't even know this has occured to their headlights because the change is gradual and not something you would immediately notice until it gets bad. I recently went to sell a 15+ year old Saturn and saw how bad the headlights looked. The car had been parked outside for years and some experts say that UV exposure can worsen the hazing effect. Perhaps that is what happened, but after using a headlight restoration kit on the headlights they looked almost brand new. I did the same thing on my 1997 Mercedes and had similar results - I did replace the headlight on that car as well. Many of the car headlights we saw cost between $20 to $30 for the headlight and headlamps are much more expensive with prices from $100 to $300.
Choosing an Headlight Restoration Kit - There are several headlight lens restoration kits on the market and Sylvania and 3M make the best products. Turtle Wax, Mothers, Meguiar's and Rain X also have competiting restoration systems for purchase, but in tests they don't perform as well. In any event, we suggest checking out the top sellers on Amazon.com so you can compare features, read owner comments, and see what the prices are. We used the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit on both our cars and would recommend it for ease of use and price ($25). The video we posted below will show you the actual steps to put on the solution, sand, and repair the headlight lens. Watch the video and take the kit to your car to see the same type of results. Don't just listen to us, Consumer Reports recently did an article on how to 'shine up your hazy headlights' and they too agreed that the Sylvania kit was the best of the bunch. 3M offers the Headlight Lens Restoration System for slightly cheaper and it too gets excellent reviews. The only issue with the 3M product is that it required a power drill and sanding disks so if you aren't confident using a drill in tight spaces, avoid this kit. The complaints we read online for the 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System is that it doesn't work on all shaped headlights as well and even the slightest mistake near the cars paint could cause scratches. Still worth a look for the price if you are an experienced DIY individual. The idea behind all these restoration kits for headlights is that you slowly remove the 'milky' surface of the lenses with an abrasive. The sandpaper material will get out the rough spots and slowly restore the headlight to it's near new condition. For $20 or so you can't expect miracles, but you should notice significant improvements and better headlight vision while driving at night. You can browse the best selling headlight restoration kits here.