This is a review for the Meguiar's Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit.
I recently used it on my 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 headlights. One headlight looked nearly new, while the other one was a bit cloudy, and has moisture behind the lens (keep this in mind when viewing the pictures).
First, the contents.
As you can see, included is PlastX, Headlight Protectant, Hand Pad, Wool Buffing Pad, 1000 grit pad, 3000 grit pad, and an orange microfiber. The kit also has instructions, which I followed as best as I could.
Here is my right headlight without any sanding or polishing, prior to the restoration.
It is a bit cloudy, but has water behind it so it's tricky to assess how cloudy that it is. I found that looking at the right quadrant of the lens where the metal and orange is to be the best part to see for results as no water is behind it.
Here is the headlight after 1000 grit sanding.
As you can see, it is uniformly white in color and a bit duller than earlier. The 1000 grit removed all of the oxidation and left scratched of it's own.
Here is the headlight after 3000 grit.
The headlight is now much clearer, but there is some haziness that the camera can't seem to pick up very well.
Now, for the wool pad with PlastX, finished with PlastX by hand.
The headlight lens is now much sharper, very close to my much newer left headlight. Headlight Protectant was then applied, the image below.
Unexpectedly, the lens became a bit more clear. I assume that this is from the protectant filling in micro scratches left by the plastx, in very much the same way that wax/sealant tends to do.
I tried to sand and improve the left headlight, which was nearly in new condition, but there was minimal improvement. The headlight, however, is much smoother now and has slightly more clarity.
As you can see, the clarity is like new. When sanding this lens, I encountered a problem, the sanding pads could barely scratch it, if at all. Next is a picture after following the same process as above, 1000 grit, 3000 grit, PlastX on a wool pad.
There was a small improvement in clarity, but the lens is much smoother.
Here is a shot of the headlight after applying Headlight Protectant.