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Headlight Restorer Kits?

I was wondering if those Headlight Restorer Kits work well? They are those kits you see when you go into the auto parts store, that say they will fix your "cloudy" headlights. A bodyman told me he thought "It was a waste of $20!" Do people here agree? Have you used the kits before? Any kit you would suggest? Should I just stay away from the kits?

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If you don't do much color sanding and have cloudy headlights, by all means, the kits are a viable option. If you have polishing supplies for colorsanding and polishing, you have what is necessary to remove the haze. They polish just like paint but are a much smaller area so I usually do them by hand and polish with a drill mounted polish pad.
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Headlight Magic

I haven't tryed one yet, but my brother did. He said it worked fantastic in a battery powered drill. He did his 4runner, his wifes car, and his daughters car, with one kit. Said you could see a whole lot better at night. FWIW olnolan
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Do you know which Brand your brother got? It does seem like some of them wouldn't work well, because the material looks so cheap.
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i used the 3m kit on my girlfriends 04 mustang.you do need a high speed drill to do the work , mine were all to slow, i had to borrow my dads. it did a great job the lights looked almost new when done. visablity was much better at night.
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What I did was to polish out the yellowing of the plastic w/progressively finer paper, stopped @ 2000. Then I polished it w/a soft cloth and Meguiars plastic polish.

The lenses looked great, but after 6 months, they were back to about 50% and by a full year and a half there was no difference in how they look now to how they were, pre-polishing.

Hopefully the kit process will last better, but they were nice while it lasted!
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I've seen some places advertising that they restore headlight for $39.

I found that they sand them smooth with 600 grit paper then spray rattle can clear on them. They look good for about 6 months. Then clear starts peeling.

The old saying, You get what you pay for.

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In the 80s. before all the re-pop parts were available, I was into restoring coke bottle vettes. One of the problems was locating good tail light lenses. I used good ole tooth past on a number of occasions to polish out the plastic lenses. I'm sure you could do the same thing with the more modern plastic head light lenses.
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I used good ole tooth past on a number of occasions to polish out the plastic lenses.
That sounds Interesting! What did you use to scrub the Toothpaste onto the lenses with? Sandpaper, brush, wire, etc? How long did it take you? Did it keep the lenses from getting "Cloudy" for awhile?
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Used a piece of soft cloth, and used a circular motion. The stuff is actually pretty abrasive. Don't remember that it took too long. Actually, I tried it first on a wasted tail light and found if you're not careful, it would cup the plastic.
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if you're not careful, it would cup the plastic.
What does that mean?
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If you polish too long in one spot, you'll get a low spot. Could mess w/the lens pattern.
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Exactly.....................
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Maybe I'll try doing the toothpaste thing! Those kits though aren't too expensive, and are worth a shot too.
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I saw that Harbor Freight is selling their kit for $8.99, with a coupon. I don't know if it works well.
12-Minute Headlamp Restorer Kit

Also this 3M Kit, which is available from most Auto Stores, seems to work well. The reviews on the site seem to all be positive.
3M Headlight Restoration System
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