One of our classic videos :D - If you have plastic headlights and they aren’t looking as clear as they should, what do you do? Replacing the headlights can get pretty expensive, and depending on the car they can be hard to find as well. Meguiar’s offers several options depending on whether you want to work by hand or use a corded drill, and how bad your headlights are as well.
If the headlights have light oxidation and you want to work by hand you could go with the Basic Headlight Restoration Kit. Here we mask off around the headlights and soak the sanding pads in water for a minute, mist the lens with water, and sand up and down with the #1 pad until you have a uniform frosted appearance. Follow sanding side to side with the #2 pad. Then, sand up and down with the #3 pad, and again sand side to side with the #4 pad. Finalize by working Plast-X into the lens with the included microfiber towel until it is clear.
If you want to work by hand and the headlights have more moderate oxidation you would want to go with the Two Step Headlight Restoration Kit. With this kit we apply the cleaning solution to the cleaning pad and work back and forth until the headlamp has a uniform, frosted appearance. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry completely. Mask off around the headlight thoroughly to prevent getting overspray on other surfaces. Now, take the included Headlight Coating spray, shake well and apply a medium coat to the entire headlight surface overlapping your passes by 50%. Allow to cure for 3-5 minutes and then apply a second coat for a thorough seal. The headlight coating will be fully cured after 24 hours.
Finally, if your headlights have more moderate to heavy oxidation and you have a corded drill you should consider the Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit. First, remove dirt and dust with a good glass cleaner and a microfiber towel and then mask around the headlight. Attach the 1000 grit disc to the hand pad. Dunk the disc into water or spray water directly onto the disc and repeat this periodically to ensure that the pad says wet. Sand side to side until the headlight has a uniform frosted appearance and wipe dry with a microfiber towel. Repeat this process with the 3000 grit disc but work up and down instead of side to side. Then, follow with Plast-X and the included wool pad on a standard corded drill (between 1200 and 2500 RPM’s) to polish the plastic back up to clarity. When done, spray with glass cleaner and wipe with a microfiber towel before apply the headlight coating for protection. Shake well and apply a medium coat of the headlight coating to the entire headlight surface, overlapping your passes by 50%. Allow to cure for 3-5 minutes and then apply a second coat for a thorough seal. The headlight coating will be fully cured after 24 hours.
No matter what your wants and needs are when it comes to headlight restoration Meguiar’s has you covered. #tip