The most common question about headlight restoration is, “Does it really work?”
The answer is unquestionable YES! Headlight restoration works extremely well, whether you have them professionally restored or you take the time to do it yourself with a headlight restoration kit.
The following question is,
Do you restore them yourself or hire a professional headlight restoration service?
The answer to that question is dependent on your skill level and availability of time.
Here are some things to think about:
A professional headlight restoration service sees all kinds of headlights. I’ve seen headlights that were just a little bit yellow or ones that were brownish yellow. Some of them looked like they were made out of bathroom scales. Now those are really bad. A professional will know what type of sanding to use to make your headlights look new again. This is because they have done this kind of work before. The type of sealant they use is also a very important factor. Headlight restoration services usually use sealants that last longer than what you can get in a headlamp restoration kit. How the sealer is put on is also very important if you want a perfect finish. Before you decide to use a headlight restoration kit, here are a few things to think about. Depending on how nice your car is, you may want a professional to work on it instead of doing it yourself. I say this because some headlights on high-end cars, like the Mercedes S series, can cost as much as €1,500 to €2000 each. Also, sanding is the best way to fix headlights. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can damage not only your headlights but also the paint job on your car. Now, if you try to save a few dollars one way, it can end up costing you a lot. Over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who were very handy but chose to have a pro fix their foggy headlights because of the type of car they had. When asked why, they said they didn’t want to take a chance or it was better to have a professional do it.
Do-It-Yourself or DIY Headlight Restoration Kits?
Now the question is, can you do it on your own? My answer is unequivocally ‘YES!’ If you’re handy and like to do things yourself, I’d say give it a shot and do it; it’ll be worth it. You’d save money and your car would look fantastic. The key to doing it yourself is to follow the instructions for the specific headlight restoration kit you’re using. Another common error I see most people make is not spending enough time in the various sanding stages. Although most kits claim that it only takes a few minutes to restore your headlights, the truth is that it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to do them correctly. The nice thing about doing them yourself is the sense of accomplishment you get at the end when your headlights look like new and your car looks great again.
That is why we have gathered all of the best headlight restoration kits for you.