Last Updated on January 21, 2024 by Stewart

Restoring headlights is something that is inevitable as the car gets older. The reason for this is that over time, the constant UV rays from the sun degrade the plastic in the headlights and starts to make the cases look yellow and cloudy. Depending on the severity of this, it can actually cause the car to fail its MOT, as well as making the car unsafe to drive at night thanks to a lack of vision.

The alternative to restoring the headlights is to buy a brand new headlight unit. However, doing so is extremely expensive and, depending on your level of skill, would require taking the car to the garage to let a professional do this.

To save you time, heartache and money, I’ve tried out quite a few headlight restoration kits on a few cars that were in severe need of TLC. Below, you’ll find my favourite options for bringing back a great look to the headlights going forward.

One thing to note is that regardless of the kind of product you use, be sure to mask off the entire area using an appropriate tape such as the 3M Performance Tape. This will ensure that there is no damage to the surrounding body work whilst carry out the restoration. Also, the headlights should be properly cleaned as they would normally be during a wash before carrying out the restoration.

Cerakote Ceramic Headlight Restoration Kit

Cerakote are renowned in the US for their coating products, and I was very curious to see how well their headlight restoration kit worked.

It comes as a three step kit, and I was really impressed with how easy it was to carry out each step.

The first part of the process is to remove the yellowing oxidation from the headlights. This is done by using the supplied wipe which easily takes this off of the unit for you. There are four wipes included, and two should be used per headlight to ensure that it is

After this, it was as easy as using the sanding discs and the included puck to thoroughly cover the headlight. Once this is done, the wipe on ceramic coating brings the headlights up to an exceptional finish. From beginning to end, it took me about 50 minutes to do both headlights. The time invested in it was well worth the final results. It looks as though brand new lenses were put on the car, which is nothing short of exceptional. The clarity on the lenses was second to none.

For less than £30 (at the time of writing), this is the most comprehensive, and easiest way to restore your headlights. However, I can appreciate that some buyers may want to go with a name that’s readily known in the UK, so I’ve included two other options below.

CERAKOTE® Ceramic Headlight Restoration Kit – Guaranteed To Last As Long As You Own Your Vehicle – Brings Headlights back to Like New Condition - 3 Easy Steps - No Power Tools Required
  • NO POWER TOOLS REQUIRED - Everything is included in your kit. There are no tools required that could potentially damage your headlights or paint. There's nothing worse than having to call your crazy uncle you haven't seen since the holidays because he's got the power tools you need. After he hollers "STAND CLEAR!!", fires up his wheezing disk sander, runs it off of your headlight and across the paint on your hood.. It's too late. DON'T BUY A KIT THAT REQUIRES TOOLS!

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Meguiar’s Two Step Headlight Restoration Kit

This is great, inexpensive kit from the good people over at Meguiar’s. It is one of two kits, they offer. This kit does not require the need to use a drill, which is great for those that don’t have one.

There are two small pads that comes in the kit, along with the cleanser and also a sealant. Meguiar’s recommend a £1 coin size of cleaning solution on one of the applied pads, but I opted for a bit more. I found that dabbing it onto the headlight first and then moving in a back and forth manner worked better. Then, after doing this, I moved the pad up and down in order to ensure that the cleanser fluid was thoroughly worked into the headlight lens. It was very easy to remove the residue with a microfibre cloth. Due to the top layer of the headlight being shaved off, it’s important to protect the lens.

Meguiar’s supply a spray sealant in the kit as well. As mentioned above, the whole area should be thoroughly masked off to stop overspray. I would recommend that the area is thoroughly masked off when applying the spray sealant. The good news is that within 5 minutes of the first application, a second coating can be laid down.

In order to prolong the lifespan of the sealant past the 12 months that is suggested by Meguiar’s, I also applied a spray coating to the headlights which should further help to protect them from the elements. This was done a week after restoring the headlights.  The headlights look great, and hopefully it’ll carry on like this for well past the year mark.

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Meguiar's G2970EU Two-Step Car Headlight Restoration Kit with Headlight Cleaner and Headlight Protectant
  • RESTORE HEADLIGHT CLARITY: Introducing a car detailing kit featuring high-quality car care products that quickly and easily restore headlights, the simple two-step process removes oxidization and yellowing for long-lasting clarity

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Autoglym Headlight Restoration Kit

Unlike the Cerakote and Meguiar’s options listed above, this offering from Autoglym instead requires the use of a drill. In the kit, there’s a backing plate with the required sandpaper as well as the polishing restoration fluid and a microfibre cloth.

In terms of application, it was as easy as you would expect when it comes to an Autoglym product. Thanks to the drill being used, it was very quick to remove the cloudy oxidation from the headlights. This is done by using a variety of different, included sanding discs.

Once the oxidation has been fully removed, it’s important to refine the finish. Autoglym have included a polishing fluid in the kit as well as a polishing pad. This made short work of the headlights and it left them looking great.

One thing to point out though is that there isn’t an protective sealant included in this kit. Due to how this works, it means that the yellowing will come back sooner than you would like it to.

The solution to this is to add a protective product over the headlights after carrying out this work. This should really be one that acts as a UV protectant, such as the Turtle Wax Graphene Infused Flex Wax. The Flex Wax can also be used on the car, as well as protecting the alloy wheels.

Some may feel that the lack of protective sealant in the kit as a negative point. However, this is the easiest kit to use that uses a drill. Plus, the aforementioned Flex Wax can also be used on other parts of the car (and you may already have some in the garage anyway). It should be noted that it needs to be a UV protectant, and not just a normal spray wax applied to the headlights.

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Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Pro Flex Car Spray Wax 680ml 53706 - Graphene Infused Detailing Spray for Car Showroom Shine & Gloss with Paintwork Protection
  • Protection - Graphene flex wax coating prevents your car from gaining any scratches, swirls, or oxidation to any paintwork even under the harshest of conditions, all year-round

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