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Best headlight restoration kit?

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Nov 20, 2008
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Best headlight restoration kit?

I have an older (10 years old) SUV that has some bad fogging/hazing on the headlights. Which kit should I get to clear it up?
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Dec 1, 2014
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A Professionally detailer should be able to do a better job but I've read good things about the meguiars headlight restoration kit.

I had a detailer do my Volvo XC90 headlights years ago.. came out looking new and at a fraction of the cost of replacing.
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Sep 2, 2006
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1C5 wrote: Which polishing pad?
An orange or cutting pad will work.
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Oct 6, 2007
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1C5 wrote: Which polishing pad?
I use a Meguiar's 5" finishing disc. It's almost the same as their cutting disc, so I don't think it matters much.
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I like the 3M kit. It comes with the various sanding discs to remove the oxidized plastic, and a buffing pad and compound to get them crystal clear. But it doesn't come with a sealant, so I use CarPro DLux coating. But my last restoration only lasted 2.5 yrs, so I'm still looking for a better sealant/maintenance strategy.

Maybe 2K clear would be a better solution, but I would like to take the headlights out for that, and I think it requires a heat lamp to cure properly.
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Jul 20, 2012
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I just used the Meguiars kit last week on my g/f"s Sante Fe. Easy to use, just follow the directions. I was happy with the results. After polishing you apply a protective coating which I think is Rain-X.
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Hi,

If you're going to keep the suv for more than several more years, you might be better off to get new headlight housings from RockAuto. They're reasonably priced for most vehicles.
https://www.rockauto.com/
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Kits dont last because they (almost always) dont seal and protect the headlights against UV - that's what causes yellowing.

Beyond a professional clear coat applied by a body shop, about the only rattlecan that will provide UV protection out of a clear coat is "SprayMax 2k" - sells for about $35 @ NAPA
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I think that's where I went wrong.

I restored mine and coated them, but never did anything to maintain them. Maybe if I waxed them a few times a year the restoration would've lasted longer.
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derass wrote: I think that's where I went wrong.

I restored mine and coated them, but never did anything to maintain them. Maybe if I waxed them a few times a year the restoration would've lasted longer.
New to cermatic coating so I have no idea how long they last but I expect at least a year or so.
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I don't mind 5 minutes per side, once a year. I usually buff out any scuffs in the paint at the same time.
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I used the Meguiar's heavy duty kit. Did a good job for only a few minutes of effort. Will see how long it lasts.
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1C5 wrote: I used the Meguiar's heavy duty kit. Did a good job for only a few minutes of effort. Will see how long it lasts.
It will last, just need to reapply the sealant for UV protection which is what causes the hazing.
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Several years ago, Meguiars had a paste product called "Headlight Protectant" that they sold separately and it was basically sunscreen for the headlights - the stuff even smells like sunscreen. I've used it for the past 7 years on my car and the headlights are still crystal clear.

I see that Meguiars seems to have re-released the product in a spray can now called "Headlight Coating". Canadian Tire has it bundled with a restoration kit for $25.

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