The best headlight restoration kits to make your headlights gleam again

• Easily reverse headlight plastic degradation or damage with a restoration kit
• A selection of the best kits and related products
• How to use headlight restoration products

There is a common piece of advice that one can use cola to clean hazy headlights. Indeed, it works as a minor treatment, but nevertheless, it makes you wonder that if it is abrasive enough to be used on tough polycarbonate plastic, what it must do to the tender insides of a human…

For a less edible but more effective approach to rejuvenating degraded headlights, consider a dedicated headlight restoration kit. Either by using a drill to sand and buff, or doing it by hand, you can erase the yellow haze that has accumulated on your headlights.

Here, we recommend the best headlight restoration kits, plus essential accessories and a ‘how to’ guide on the headlight restoration process.

Holts Headlight Restoration Kit

Gold Award

Holts Headlight Restoration Kit

Price: RRP £16.49 | VIEW OFFER

Bar an electric drill, there is everything you need in this kit and crucially, the sum of its parts produces a tremendous result, provided you take your time and follow the procedure correctly. Sand, polish, add the sealant, and you’re all set.

Kit contains: Headlight sealer 150ml; 2 x P800, 2 x P1000, 2 x P1500 and 2 x P3000 sanding pads, liquid polish 125ml, 2 x large microfibre cloths, 75mm drill adapter.

Quixx Headlight Restoration Kit

Silver Award

Quixx Headlight Restoration Kit

Price: RRP £12.99 | VIEW OFFER

This kit is for use by hand rather than with a drill, for people who would prefer it. It is just as effective as the Holts kit, but due to sanding by hand, it will take a bit longer.

Kit contains: Plastic polish, sealer, 4 professional polishing cloths, 2000, 3000 and 5000 grade sandpapers, 1 sanding block.

Autoglym Headlight Restoration Complete Kit

Bronze Award

Autoglym Headlight Restoration Complete Kit

Price: RRP £27 | VIEW OFFER

Our third podium place goes to Autoglym. Like much of its other products, the Autoglym Headlight Restoration Kit simply works. Like the Holts kit, this one is also for use with a drill. The only drawback here is that despite being called a complete kit, it does not come with a sealant to apply after sanding and polishing. But see the Sonax Headlight Coating and Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray further below.

Kit contains: Headlight Restoration Compound 100ml, compounding pad, 10 x sanding discs, 2 x foam sanding discs, drill backing plate, microfibre cloth.

3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit

Best Kit – Fourth Place

3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit

Price: RRP £19.92 | VIEW OFFER

There is no denying the 3M kit’s ability to effectively restore headlights to showroom glory. It works with a drill, and it works very well. However, there is no sealant provided and the sachet of polishing compound is only 30ml. Therefore, the 3M kit will do an excellent job of headlight restoration, but you’ll need to invest in sealant, too, and more polish to use it again.

Kit contains: Disc pad holder, 3M soft interface pad, 6 x sanding discs, 4 x finishing discs, 3M trizact disc, headlight polishing compound, buffing pad.

Turtle Wax Headlight Cleaner And Sealant

Best All In One

Turtle Wax Headlight Cleaner And Sealant

Price: RRP £8.88 | VIEW OFFER

This is a great option for semi-regular headlight upkeep and for minor headlight degradation. Being a 2-in-1 polish and sealant, all you need to do is apply it with a cotton or microfibre cloth to a clean and dry headlight. Rub it onto the headlight firmly until the plastic is clear. You then buff the headlight with a clean pad or microfibre.

Bottle volume: 300ml

Sonax Profiline Headlight Polish

Best Headlight Polish

Sonax Profiline Headlight Polish

Price: RRP £22.99 | VIEW OFFER

If you’ve run out of headlight polish, the Sonax Headlight Polish is a great replacement. You apply it in the same way as the other compounds in the kits above and should be followed by a sealant to protect your good work.

Bottle volume: 250ml

Headlight restoration kit accessories

The kits above are missing at least one essential piece. Complete your headlight restoration kit with whichever products you need below.

Bosch PSB 1800 L-2 18v Cordless Combi Drill

Bosch PSB 1800 L-2 18v Cordless Combi Drill

Price: RRP From £52.95 | VIEW OFFER

Arguably the best DIY drill on the market. Value, reliability, versatility, and power. The Bosch PSB 1800 is the DIYer’s best friend, not only for headlight restoration but for any home tasks demanding a drill. It can be bought as a tool only for those who already possess Bosch Power4All 18V batteries, or in a kit for those who don’t.

3M Car Trim Protection Tape

3M Car Trim Protection Tape

Price: RRP £8.23 | VIEW OFFER

Masking tape specifically for car trim. Tape around the edge of your headlights before sanding to protect the surrounding paintwork. 50mm x 50 metres.

Halfords Microfibre Cloths 5 Pack

Halfords Microfibre Cloths 5 Pack

Price: RRP £3 | VIEW OFFER

A value pack of microfibre cloths.

Below are two options for headlight sealant that give fantastic and lasting UV protection.

Sonax Profiline Headlight Coating

Sonax Profiline Headlight Coating

Price: RRP £37.65 | VIEW OFFER

A box of sachets that each gives roughly a year of protection. Pour the sachet contents onto a clean cloth, apply it to the dry headlights, wipe off residue and leave to harden for at least four hours.

Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Wax Spray 500ml

Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Wax Spray 500ml

Price: RRP £14 | VIEW OFFER

A general exterior sealant that delivers protection for months, thanks to the wonders of ceramic polymers. Very hydrophobic and protects against UV rays, bird poo, and other muck.

How to use headlight restoration kits

Apart from the 2-in-1 Turtle Wax product, the kits above follow the same procedures for restoring degraded headlights. Once you have everything you need, you will need to:

1. Wash and dry the headlights in order to get rid of loose dirt.

2. Tape around the edges of the headlights. This is very important because the tape will protect surrounding paintwork from sanding pads that accidentally stray from the headlight.

3. Sanding. All the kits above come with a range of sanding pads with varying degrees of abrasiveness. Follow the instructions in your kit and work your way through the sanding pads, starting with the most abrasive through to the least. Both the sandpaper and headlights should be wet during the sanding process to keep the plastic cool and prevents grit build-up as you sand. Take your time and be fussy.

4. Once you have finished sanding, wipe clean and dry the headlights. Apply the polish, either by hand or with the drill pad provided in a circular motion to ensure even and full coverage.

5. Apply headlight sealant to protect your hard work. Not applying a protective sealant will mean headlights will degrade again very quickly. Follow the application instructions of each individual brand.

How to maintain clean headlights

Don’t polish headlights outside of using a restoration kit without applying a sealant on top. Polish is abrasive and will wear down the protective coating faster.

Clean the headlights when washing the rest of your car to remove abrasive grit and acidic matter, such as bird poo.

UV rays degrade headlights. Park out of the sun where possible.

The 2-in-1 Turtle Wax is a fast and effective cleaner and protectant to apply on a more regular basis to keep your headlights clear. The ICE Seal n Shine is a great all-round exterior sealant you can use to maintain the protective film on headlights.

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