For those of you old enough to have owned several cars or trucks in your lifetime, you probably know about foggy headlights and the many problems it can create. From my experience as an auto-prep guy, I have selected the best headlight cleaners that can help you get the job done the right way.
My criteria for including any car headlight cleaner revolve around the cost, existing customer reviews, and my testing. The headlight restoration kits reviewed below are all below $20, which makes them highly affordable to most of the readers of this blog.
I looked closely at the customer reviews of the headlight cleaner before including it in this review. At a minimum, the product must have at least 80% or more approval rating to be worth your time and money. Finally, some of these products I have tested in the past, which makes cleaning car headlights review my personal experience.
Best Headlight Restoration Reviews
Below are some of the best products you can use to restore headlight lens. 3 of the best products your can use to restore headlight lens are:
1 – Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Lens Restorer Kit
Turtle Wax is a well-known brand in the automotive cleaning products market. This kit can be used on all types of lenses, including plastic and plexiglass surfaces.
The headlight restorer kit is so powerful that it can bring your yellowed headlights back to life in less than 6 minutes.
This kit has a Lens Clarifying Compound that’s formulated to instantly remove surface discoloration. From my experience, you’ll witness immediate results from using this product.
With your purchase, you’ll get the following items:
✔ Three restoration pads with grits that vary from 2400 to 8000
✔ A spray lubricant that comes in a 4 oz, can
✔ 4 ounces of lens clarifying compound
✔ A 4″x4″ wipe you can use for lens sealing
The Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Lens Restorer Kit comes with detailed instructions as to the best way to apply the product.
If you have clean small towels and you’re trying to conserve your funds, try buying just the Turtle Wax T-43 (2-in-1) Headlight Cleaner and Sealant.
It comes with all the ingredients combined into one formula, and can be just as effective for restoring your headlight lens. It cost about 50 % less than the kit.
I would urge you to use it in a dry, less humid environment for optimum results.
2 – 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
3M is a reputable name and they’re responsible for making hundreds of products, including this highly rated headlight lens restoration system,
This product is so powerful that it can remove scratches, eliminate yellowing and restore brightness to cloudy dull lenses.
Why even consider buying new headlight lenses when you can get your old ones looking like new for less than $14. To get the best out of this kit, you’ll need the power of a cheap household drill or buffing machine.
You can use your “elbow grease” to get the cleaning done as I have done in the past.
You can also use this cheap manual buffer to make the task of cleaning your headlight with this kit easier. You can also use this electric professional buffer, if you want the best results.
Included in your delivery package are the following items:
✔ One disc pad holder
✔ One 3M soft interface pad
✔ Six 3M sanding discs
✔ Four 3M finishing discs
✔ One 3M trizact disc
✔ One 3M headlight lens rubbing/polishing compound (This is only 1 oz.)
✔ One buffing pad
Despite the fact that it comes with detailed instructions, you’ll not get the best out of this best headlight lens restorer unless you use a buffing machine.
This is the preferred product used by automobile dealers because it’s one of the best you can buy online.
3 – Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
This is a headlight restoration kit from a company that also manufactures headlights and other automobile lamps. Since they make them’ it’s reasonable to assume they know how to keep them clean.
Apart from restoring the brightness, the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit will remove all the signs of corrosion and haziness from your headlight lenses.
Thus auto detailing product uses a three-step process to improve down-the-road vision while also reducing the glare from your brighter headlight.
It has a final coating you can apply to protect your headlight from the power of UV rays, thus preventing future yellowing and dulling of your headlights.
Within your delivered package are the following items:
✔ One ounce of surface activator
✔ Half an ounce of clarifying compound
✔ One ounce of blocking Clear Coat for UV protection
✔ Three grades of different waterproof premium sandpaper (2000, 1000 and 400 grit)
✔ Two applicator cloths (white in color)
✔ One lint free UV Clear Coat applicator (blue in color)
✔ One good roll of protective tape
✔ One pair of vinyl glove
This restoration kit for headlight lenses cost less than $20 and has more features than the others reviewed above.
How to Use Your Restoration Kit in 3 Easy Steps
Step 1 – You Need to Prepare Your Headlight Lenses
Best to first wash your headlight and wipe it clean of all dirt. If you don’t want some of the restoration product to get on your car paint, just use a masking tape to cover the areas next to your headlight.
Next you apply the main cleaning product on your headlight lenses. You can use circular motions as you rub in the chemical compound. I would advise you to wear a glove, just in case the product is too strong for your skin.
Let the compound rest on the lenses for a few minutes before applying the next step. (The headlight restorer you bought would have unique application instructions, please follow that if it conflicts with ours)
Step 2 – Sanding and Polishing
If you have a buffing machine this is the time to put it to good use. Your lens restorer product will come with different grades of sanding papers.
Just follow the included instructions as to which one to use first. As you apply the sanding paper, you should start seeing amazing results in your headlight lenses brightness.
If you lack a buffing machine, you can get awesome results just using your hands. If the headlight lenses are highly yellowed, a buffing machine might be what you need for absolutely best results.
Step 3 – Applying the Sealer
Depending on the cleaning foggy headlights products you purchased, the last compound to be applied to your shining and brighter headlight is the sealer.
Wipe off any residue of the sanding compound before applying the sealer. This is the final compound that provides the UV protection to forestall future yellowing of your headlight lenses.