Holts HREP0031A Headlight Restoration Kit Restore Clarity in Cloudy Yellowing & Oxidized Headlamps to Like-New Condition, Easy to use Drill Attachment Repairs Restores & Protects
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If you are confident with a drill and have badly-tarnished lenses, we’d recommend the Holts kit – it’s great value and gave a decent result. Read more It makes any car look scruffy even if the paintwork is shiny. It will also make the headlamps less effective, dazzle other motorists and could even be an MoT failure.
Attach the drill sanding attachment (supplied with the Holts Headlight Restoration Kit) to your drill and begin by using the P800 sandpaper. Wet the headlight and begin sanding, working in even lines over the surface of the headlight to remove scratches and oxidation. You MUST keep the headlight wet while you’re sanding to prevent the drill sander burning the plastic and causing more damage. The 3M 39073 is a great bit of kit but the premium price tag makes it less attractive to buy when compared to the alternatives. However, with that being said, it’s a complete kit that will easily restore any headlight lens in just 3 steps. Cloudy or dull headlight lenses that reduce light output from your headlights bulbs can be a MOT failure. However, rather than replacing the entire unit, you can use a restoration kit that takes less than a hour to use to clear the product off the lens. Not only is it cheaper but it’s also much easier and less time consuming than replacing the headlight. Keeping your car exterior clean is a great way to take care of the aesthetic of your car as well as its longevity. Follow our step by step guide.Equally, some kits are intended for use with a power drill and some by hand. The difference between the two is that the former comes with a drill attachment for the sanding and buffing pads. Attach the buffer to the drill and apply a small amount of the polish provided. This will remove any remaining sanding marks and restore a clear finish to the plastic. Remember to work in even lines to get the best possible finish. If you are browsing the internet looking for the best way to restore your lights, there are plenty of people who will swear that you don’t need to waste money on these fancy kits and all you need to do is raid the bathroom and get some whitening toothpaste and a cloth. It comes as a complete kit that includes sanding discs, finishing discs, a compound, a pad holder, instructions and much more. According to the brand, you should be able to restore two headlight lenses using the kit. The Visbella brand offer two different headlight restoration kits and they include a standard and heavy duty option. Depending upon the severity of the cloudiness will determine which kit is best for your headlights. In terms of the contents of both kits, it’s a 14 piece set that includes everything you require for the restoration.
Overall, the Turtle Wax 51768 is by far the best value headlight restoration kit on the market that actually works. The fact that it doesn’t require any power tools is another great bonus for those that aren’t confident using a drill or polisher. Sealant is a must too. In the same way that you apply a paint sealant or wax to polished paintwork to protect it, a sealant must be applied to headlights after using the polish. There may be a kit you quite like but does not possess a sealant but don't be concerned about this because you can buy appropriate sealants (recommended below) separately. Once the lamps were clear, we sealed them with the lacquer provided to give protection from any further deterioration. Visbella Headlight Restoration Kit
Holts Headlight Restoration Kit
The QUIXX kit looks as though it might be hard work, as it relies on you using elbow grease and tiny bits of sandpaper. But it was surprisingly little effort in reality. Park out of direct sunlight in the summer months to prevent UV rays damaging the headlights. If you’re storing a car for a long period, we’d recommend covering it to stop UV eating away at the protective clear coat of the headlight covers. An alternative from the standard headlight restoration kits is the Armor All Restorer Kit, which contains 2 cleaning wipes and 1 protectant wipe. It’s one of the easiest kits to use and requires no tools or sandpaper whatsoever.
It took a little more effort, and the finish wasn’t quite as good as the more comprehensive kits though. The QUIXX above is worth the extra quid. Meguiars Two-Step Headlight Restoration Kit You expect to find wipes like these in a cleaning cupboard or nappy changing kit, so we weren’t expecting them to do a tough job like headlamp restoration which had taken us hours with polishers. But we were astounded at how effective they were. The Armor All Kit is by far the easiest headlight restoration kit to use and it requires absolutely no tools. However, depending upon the severity of the cloudiness on the lens, this kit would only be suitable for medium to light dullness. Instead of using abrasion from a paste or sandpaper like all the other kits here, the Armor All has a strong chemical soaked into a slightly abrasive fabric. Leave it to soak in for a few seconds, gently scrub and the top yellowed layer of plastic disappears. You then use a second wipe to apply a layer of a lacquer, which needs three hours in dry weather to cure and harden. Below is a list of the best headlight restoration kits that clean and remove oxidation to reveal a crystal clear finish. The Best Headlight Restoration KitDrill, for electric sanding (recommended) –you can also do this job by hand if you have the right sandpaper and a buffing tool But it was really hard work to get though through the weathered plastic layer to find a shine, and the sealant seemed to make little difference to the finish or protection either. If we were being brutal, we’d say the T-Cut kit did little more than the toothpaste. Holts Headlight Restoration Kit– Best Buy (machine applied) Don’t polish headlights outside of using a restoration kit without applying a sealant on top. Polish is abrasive and will wear down the protective coating faster. So without adding a sealant on top, polishing alone is counterproductive. Unlike most of the other kits here, the Meguiars doesn’t use any form of sandpaper. Instead you are given two discs which have an abrasive surface made of the same sort of scratchy scrubbing material you use to get tough bits of pasta bake off the oven dish when doing the washing up.