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Old 02-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit FTW

My headlights have been looking terrible, totally fogged over, so bad my lights werent lighting up the road very well. Its been like this for years, but I finally decided to do something about it. Not sure why i waited so long. I think they got so bad because of the sun, but probably more so because here in colorado they put lots of sand on the roads during snowstorms, and cars in front of me kick it up and it has a sandblasting effect. There are tons of rockchips on the front of my car from the same thing, that might be next on my list of things to fix.

I decided to go with the Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit (Heavy Duty Series)



It comes with a soft padded sanding block thing with 1000 and 3000 wet sand pads. Also comes with a polishing buffing pad that goes in a drill. Also come with the PlastiX clear platic cleaner and polish, and the headlight protectant which is the final coat and helps with uv protection. Oh, and a microfiber cloth. I think it was 26$ at oreilly's.


As you can see, pretty fogged over. I just washed the car so this is as clean as it gets with soap and scrubbing. I think it looks even worse in person.

I followed the directions, took maybe 15 minutes per side. And voila, much better.





Im happy
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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Consumer reports just reviewed some kits...

They ranked Sylvania at the too, followed by 3M.

Turtle Wax and Fast Brite didn't fare as well.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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Nice job. I'm impressed.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Wow very nice job!
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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I got a Meguiar's kit also, but mine only came with Plasti-x and buffer for a drill.. cost $13

5 minutes later my bug eyes were crystal clear!
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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Nice results. I've used this same kit before.
However using these kits can also speed up the hazing process. Basically what these kits are doing is finely cutting the surface removing the oxidation, but this also removes any UV protection on the light. If do this I highly recommend applying a coat of UV protectant or to have a layer of clear laid on them.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:24 AM   #7
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The headlights look like new now. I might to try this out on my headlight.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Nice results. I've used this same kit before.
However using these kits can also speed up the hazing process. Basically what these kits are doing is finely cutting the surface removing the oxidation, but this also removes any UV protection on the light. If do this I highly recommend applying a coat of UV protectant or to have a layer of clear laid on them.
That's what the CR piece looked at... Some of the kits out there only last a couple of months, while others last longer because there are more steps involved.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:48 PM   #9
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This kit does come with some sort of UV protectant liquid coating. Kit comes with 2 bottles, 1 polishing compound, 1 protectant sealer.

I doubt this kit (or any kit for that matter) is a permanent solution, but Im sure with regular upkeep, it will work fine. Rather than letting it get so bad that it needs to be sanded down again, with fairly regular use of the polishing compound, and sealing with the UV protectant, it should stay pretty clear. Im considering putting 3m clear bra vinyl stuff over the lenses, but Im thinking that if the 3m gets sandblasted it will just get foggy and wont come out unless i put down a new layer of 3m. But its worth a try seeing that i have some extra sitting around.
Before I do that though, im gonna wait a couple months, and i will put up some more pictures to show how it has held up.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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Nice... I think I might as well search for this thing.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Soft rag and some tooth paste Same results
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #12
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Soft rag and some tooth paste Same results
Initially, but the key is how long the results last. That's why you need the sealant.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #13
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used this on my turbo eclipse...huge improvement in visibility and looks. I used it at least once a month back in the day
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:33 PM   #14
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PlastX and some elbow grease, wipe clean. First time I did it though I wish I woulda used the buffer kit, that was some serious business but now it just takes about 5 minutes every few months.Meguiars FTW.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:44 PM   #15
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Yup, I do the toothpaste and rag on my 03 JDM bugeye. Works everytime.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:54 PM   #16
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Im pretty sure if you do the toothpaste, or any polish, on a semi regular basis, it will work fine to maintain clarity. In this case, years of neglect were too much for just the polish to overcome. I tried out the polish before sanding, and while it made a little difference, it wasnt enough. Sanding is probably required to "bring them back from the dead", using the polish semi regularly is the key to keep them from ever getting that bad again.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:44 AM   #17
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i just rubbed some scratchX on it. on one side it cleared up 90%, other side not so much for whatever reason.

so i just took some 3000 and sanded both then re-did it. they look very clear, but it still doesnt seem super bright. maybe i need new bulbs?
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #18
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just used some toothpaste on my headlights today,not bad for 10 minutes.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #19
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Can you use this if the headlights have a rockblocker film on them??
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:31 AM   #20
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Can you use this if the headlights have a rockblocker film on them??
....I wouldn't.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #21
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Think it would ruin it?
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #22
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Think it would ruin it?
I don't know about Rock Blocker in particular, but most of those films are much softer than the polycarbonate lenses those kits are intended to help fix. Personally, I would check with the manufacturer/website to see what they recommend. However, if the film is bad enough, you may just want to consider replacing it. ....that's likely the route I would go personally.
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #23
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I think the film would be ruined. like Kean said, it's softer than the plastic and there for would not yeild the same result.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:04 PM   #24
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It's not that bad, I was just wondering, but like like you said I could always just replace the film. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:18 AM   #25
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I used the Turtlewax one on my 20 year old headlights. It worked fine. It comes with three grades of sanding pads, polishing liquid and sealing wipe.

The kit says to start with the polishing liquid and if the result isn't satisfactory, go through with the sanding pads. Basically you take out all the yellowing and flaws with the coarsest and work your way up. Just like body work.
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