Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Review
We were reviewing some Turtle Wax products and came across this interesting headlight lens restorer, which to be honest we had never heard of. It looked very interesting, so we decided to get it and check it out. It costs under $8 and buyers at Amazon really seem to like it as there are over 1,000 buyer reviews giving it an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, which is really good.
As you know this company has been making car care products for years so we knew that they wouldn’t release anything that had not been tried and tested, but we like to check them out for ourselves.
What’s In The Box?
- 3 different thicknesses of gritted pads
- A lubricant spray
- A sealing wipe
We don’t want to bore you with driver safety issues but we think it makes just simple common sense to have really clean headlights on your vehicle. Glass as you know gets dirty really quick, and your headlights have to deal with weather conditions, the spray from roads, contaminants, salt and anything else that gets thrown at them.
Knowing Your Headlights
The type of covering on your lenses varies depending on that actual car type and manufacturer. They can be glass, plexi-glass and even hardened plastic. Glass in its true sense is no longer used mainly for safety reasons. This happened during the 1970s where glass was replaced with what is called polycarbonate plastic. This makes it safer especially when collisions happen but the disadvantages are that this material scratches easily and fades easily. That is why it is important to keep your lenses as clean as possible. Washing them with soap and water helps of course, but every now and then it is a good idea to give them a treatment such as this one from Turtle Wax.
Over time headlights can start to go a yellow color and the purpose of this compound is as the name would suggest to restore them to their former glory. This means that this product needs to be able to remove any discolouration and small scratches.
Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Instructions
Start by trying the compound first to see if that will work just by itself. If not then you apply the actual rubbing compound and then hand buff with the different types of gritted paper. Start at the roughest and work your way down. When you have finished buffing the headlights and removed most of the haze and scratches, you then buff again with the other compound. Then you leave until dry and wipe clean and seal with chemical they give you.
This product is way cheaper than other lens cleaning products on the market. That of course saves you money and when we tried it we would say that we were about 90% satisfied with the results. It did not do what we would term a full restoration back to the original, but it did give a major improvement.
It is hard work for sure and takes about an hour if you want to do this right. Get used to rubbing folks because you will have a lot of it to do. We ended up sitting on a chair as the knees started to get sore when crouching and doing this. You need a fair bit of elbow grease but overall it is worth the effort.
We used about a third of the compounds so that should leave us enough to do the car twice more, if we can muster up the energy to get around to it again. You basically have three choices when your headlights get into bad shape. You can replace them, get them professionally cleaned or do it yourself. The first two options are expensive and the DIY takes some hard work.
Other kits that we have used require less physical effort but cost 2-3 times the price. So if you are looking for a cheap solution that works then this one will certainly do the job. There is a kit from Flitz which costs around $30 and that works great and takes less effort but it is 4 times the price.You will achieve the same results no matter which of the brands you choose. The amount of work you will be required to do is in direct proportion to the cost of the product.
This one is at the low end of the price point and we were happy enough with the results. Our only big grumble was the effort taken to get it to that stage.