3 Stars By Michael on 2016-03-15
Works for a while
I thought I'd try this stuff out, and was pretty happy with the results for a while. It was easy to apply and took only about 20 minutes. However, the clarity of my lenses didn't last very long. I live in Southern California, where the weather is mild and my car isn't exposed to any harsh elements (albeit I do park it outside), but the lenses were fogged again within 5 months or so. I've attached progress pics for y'all. At 7 months, they're still clearer than they were before restoration, but I wish they had stayed clear longer than just a few months.
5 Stars By Eric R. on 2015-10-24
Wow, amazing... almost like brand new!
Wow!!! I was skeptical; after having read several reviews and looked at so many before/after pics, I was sure my headlights were worse and could not be brought back to life. Both were yellow and very cloudy, they were so dim it was getting unsafe at night. One was quite a bit worse than the other. But having seen it would cost several hundred dollars to replace them (that's for EACH ONE!), I decided to try this $8 fix. And I am just blown away by the results.
My before pics look much more clear than the actual headlights did outside; somehow my camera 'fixed' some of the cloudiness and yellowing, and so I guess other pics here had the same issue: they didn't really show how bad the lights were. Amazing how the camera couldn't really show how bad they were. But the after pics show they are very clear. They look almost new, they've got to be at least 90% - 95% as clear as they were when brand new on my used 2009 Toyota Yaris.
So here is what I did (the entire process was 1.5 hours):
1) Ordered the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer kit from AlumiGogo.
2) Purchased some very cheap terry cloths, plus the cheapest blue painter's tape I could find at Wal-Mart (for under $2.50 - Clean Release Painter's Tape from DuckBrand)
3) Checked the weather to make sure it would be clear, dry, and little-to-no wind for the day. Read all the instructions on the Restorer Kit thee times.
4) Step 1 (on the back of the box): Cleaned the headlights with Windex (I'm sure any method would work; I cleaned them twice to remove all dirt from the headlights and from the car body around the where I would tape).
5) The instructions say to work on one lense at a time (up to Step 3; I did that, although I taped the second headlight while waiting for the clarifying compound on the first to dry)
6) Taped all around the first headlight, making sure the tape covered the car body close to and under the edges of the headlight lens. During the process some of the chemicals dripped onto parts of the car body, but it was easy to wipe off and didn't appear to do any damage. So taping is good, but I don't think it absolutely has to be done perfectly.
7) Step 2 (back of the box): Applied the Lens Clarifying Compound as instructed, was amazed at how quickly the yellowing was removed, but there was still some cloudiness and some portions I was sure couldn't be fixed (but I was surprised after the last step!!).
8) The lens wasn't totally clear, so I followed Steps 2a, 2b, and 2c (from the back of the box). I was concerned about part of the lens being too cloudy (there was an edge that separated the clear part of the lens from the cloudy), but the lens was at least 70% to 75% clear, so I was mostly excited. But I repeated steps 2a - 2c to see if it would help, and I afterward I thought it actually looked slightly worse; some of the cloudiness was still there, with the partially-cloudly portion still there. But I wasn't finished, so I kept hoping.
9) On to the second lens; I finished taping it and followed 6), 7), and 8). I only did 8) once, and this lens (which was more yellow and cloudy than the other) actually looked pretty good, but I could still see a cloudy portion. It was maybe 80% clear, though, so I figured that should be good enough.
10) Now the miracle in Step 3 (back of the box)! I put on the flimsy plastic glove (it served its purpose) and wiped both lenses with the pad in the Lens Base Coat Wipe packet. I wasn't sure how to wipe it, and the chemical seemed just a tad thicker than I expected, but hoped maybe the last pad would fix things. Before opening the next packet (the Lens Sealing Wipe), I noticed the instructions on the back to wipe each lens back and forth... and I couldn't believe the results! Everything became crystal clear, the cloudy area and the edge that separated it from the rest of the lens just disappeared.
I couldn't be happier with the results!! So as others said before, the headlights will look a bit worse before you are finished, but they look almost new, except for some deeper scratches and wear and tear from 7 years of use.
Follow the instructions and this should work for you, too!!
5 Stars By Rob Swanson on 2016-02-22
A review with a great story that renews you're hope in humanity
I was at the library, getting out of my car with lights so cloudy I couldn't see well at night. A woman in her mid-thirties comes up to me wearing rubber gloves and bucket of water and asks me if I'd pay her $20 to clear my lens. I'd been quoted $100 from a friend. I said, sure, but if it wasn't clear, I wouldn't pay. I spent a little bit of time in the library and came out. She had one light totally clear and was working on the other one. We got to talking and she said she was a single mom and had been laid off, so she bought a case of these things and got busy. This impressed the socks off me, and the lights looked great. Gave your $40, $20 for each light. She handed back $20. "I quoted you $20 for both. I'm not looking for handouts."
Great product, great lady. :)
4 Stars By Anna on 2017-10-18
Good product, restoration last about 15 months.
Was able to polish and restore non transparent headlights on 2001 Toyota. All it took about 45 minutes to polish and cover two headlights.
After restorations headlight was almost like new - I can confirm this product claim.
There is a product claim about "New sealing wipe helps protect from future yellowing and discoloration". In my case (live in TX and car is mostly stays outdoors) new UV protection lasted about 15 months which is actually not bad at all. Now headlight are muddy again, but not as bad as it was before. I'm planning to buy another kit and perform one more restoration in 3-4 months. I decided to by the same kit again.
If you want, I can upload pictures before restoration and after.
5 Stars By Kolinl79 on 2015-11-18
seemed easy and lasts anywhere from 6-12 months depending on conditions
I had used the 3M kit previously. All the buffing via cordless drill, seemed easy and lasts anywhere from 6-12 months depending on conditions. I live in a northern state so salt, snow and car washes were frequent. While it was a good kit.. in comparison, it was more expensive and I couldn't get to those hard to reach places in which the pad and car didn't allow.
I bough two of these kits.. so far the results and better than the 3M kit.
The first car, 80K, the cream took care of the residue right away. Instead of using the sealent, I opted for a 2 coating of wax to help keep the headlights looking good. The second car, 105K, that needed more elbow grease. The included cream and pads made for quick results. Both car headlights look great.
I did notice that if I went over the headlight with the sealant wipe more than once, the headlight wasn't as clear. It still looks and operates more clearly, however, with the sealant, once over on each headlight and be done. As other reviews noted, this takes some muscles if you want great results.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase
4 Stars By D. B. Sherman on 2017-11-06
Good product -- with a suggested workaround.
Okay...this product works, but with a "workaround." In my opinion, a normal human does not have sufficient "elbow grease" to use this product and get the desired results using the included pads for scrubbing/polishing your headlights. The headlights on my car were severely cloudy and I tried using this product as directed--scrubbing and buffing by hand. Forget that! After almost two hours, I had very little to show for my work. Yes, I could see some minor improvement, but I didn't have the time or wherewithal to finish the job as it is described in the instructions.
So...here's the trick. Get yourself a foam polishing cone, and an electric drill and then apply the product! Using the compounds provided in the Turtle Wax kit, my headlights were literally "like new" in about 15 - 20 minutes of powered polishing. I couldn't believe it.
As a side note, no matter how careful you are, you'll splatter some of the compound onto the hood of your car if you don't tape on some butcher's paper or newspaper in advance. If the polishing compound gets on your car's paint and dries, it is VERY hard to get off. So, wipe your car down when using this technique or get some newspaper and painter's tape and more thoroughly cover the hood of your vehicle.
5 Stars By PONTIAC||901 Reviews on 2018-04-11
From 80% Hazed to 80% Clear WORKS VERY WELL!
This product worked very well to restore my 2004 Pontiac Grand Am's headlights! The headlights were very scratched (from me trying to restore them with 1000-5000 grit wet/dry sandpaper which was not good because the lubricants and creams are necessary and without them you risk ruining your headlights), had overspray body paint on them, were slightly yellowed, hazed, and made my nighttime driving a nightmare because of the messed up lenses. And they just looked awful as you could not see in them at all. It was obviously a safety hazard, so I decided to try out this product based on all of the great reviews that it has. I did not want to spend $50-$100 for new headlight assemblies unless if it was absolutely necessary. I followed the directions, and they were straightforward. All the parts of the kit were present and well labeled. It took me about 1/2 hour to do both lights and they look awesome! (I was going to insert pics, but the camera was not picking up the differences well because of the bright sun.) In all, if your headlights look bad, or if you are suffering from less light than is necessary during the night, I would highly recommend this product, as it does exactly what it is advertised to do and it is a good bargain considering I didn't have to replace my headlights then! (They may not restore them 100% as mine are about 80-85% clear, but it is worth is and that was because of my prior mistake). If this review was helpful, please give it a like. Thanks, and have fun making your headlights look like new again.
5 Stars By LTGAZ on 2017-07-30
GREAT results and an outstanding value
I renewed both front headlight lenses with this product. IF you follow the instructions and use a little
elbow grease, you will be able to restore them to a new condition. My lenses were 10 years old and
now look as they did when we bought the car. I'm delighted. I spent about 20 minutes on each lens.
For about $10 for the kit you are paying about $5 for each headlight lens. Before purchasing the Turtle system,
I had my auto dealer provide me with a contractor who offered to do both for $50. You can pay more and you can
purchase kits that utilize your power tools to do the buffing. Turtle's system is simpler and just as effective.
I highly recommend this product.
5 Stars By _AS on 2016-07-23
Worked surprisingly well. My headlights look almost brand new!
Very happy with this purchase.
My 20 year old Honda Civic's headlights have seen better days. The lenses were cloudy, yellowed and dim at night.
I didn't even have to go through all the steps to see an almost total transformation of my headlights. No sanding necessary - just the first step and the lights looked almost new.
I've used headlight restoration solution in the past, and this was significantly easier and better. I have enough to do the process maybe 3-4 times.
Great value, great results! Check out my pics for a comparison.
4 Stars By B. Tomlinson on 2012-05-26
I think the instructions need some revising.
I initially had some trouble with this kit, but hopefully I can pass my advice onto you guys to make things a little easier.
1. Take it easy with that level 1 sanding pad. It's a pretty heavy grit sandpaper and if you rub really hard, you can put some pretty deep scratches in the plastic.
2. KEEP the pads wet the entire time! Never let the surface dry.
Even after using this kit twice on one headlight, you can still see scratches on the lens. I believe this was from pushing too hard on that first pad and not keeping the lens wet. Don't make the same mistake.
3. Also, you'll likely need to use each pad longer than the instructions say. 1 minute for the finer grit pads was nowhere close to what was needed to get the lens clear.
4. Finally, if the lens still looks foggy after all the sanding and polishing, the final step will take care of that. The sealant is crucial to getting the final product, so don't worry as you near the final step. Also, you might wanna wait a few days before washing your car. I washed my car 24 hours after restoring the lens and the sealant came right off leaving the lens foggy and scratched. I had to go to WalMart to buy a bottle of lens sealer and it looks crystal clear again. I just hope it doesn't wash off later.