Your headlight restoration kit review is an Amazon.com best seller against one that is not on the best seller list. The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System against the Meguiar’s G1900K Headlight and Clear Plastic Restoration Kit. These are some of the best headlight restoration systems available from two of the most trusted brands. Both systems are very similar with some distinct differences. They are similar in price and process. And that it why they need to be compared side by side to find out which kit is the better system.
The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System requires the following tools when using their kit. These things are not included.
The only tool that you’ll need for Meguiar’s Headlight & Clear Plastic Restoration Kit is a household drill. Everything else is included in the kit.
*Note: You can buy most of these things on Amazon rather than having to take a trip to the hardware store.
How 3M’s System Works
The 3M headlight lens restoration system uses sand paper discs and a drill to sand off the outer layer of plastic on the headlight. The cloudiness on a headlight lens is on the outer layer, and removing that layer actually removes the problem. Sanding the plastic will scratch the lens, so 3M provides many grades of grit sandpaper discs. You’ll begin with the most aggressive grit and make your way to the finest grit. Once you’ve used all of the sanding discs, the final step is to use the liquid polish and the polishing pad. This removes any fine scratches in the plastic and gives it a very clear appearance.
How Meguiar’s System Works
Meguiar’s Headlight & Clear Plastic Restoration Kit works similarly to the 3M system. It uses a slightly abrasive polishing liquid, together with a polishing pad, and it polishes away the oxidation and any light scratches. This system will most likely work well on headlights that have begun to become cloudy or yellow, and that don’t require significant restoration. This polishing process does remove some of the top layer of plastic on the lens, but does not go very deep. There is no sanding involved in this process.
And the Winner Is…
For me it is a very clear choice (no pun intended…). The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is superior in some very significant ways:
- The 3M system removes the top layer of plastic, and then it polishes the new, clear layer, rather than just trying to polish the cloudy layer of plastic.
- The 3M system costs less than Meguiar’s system
- The 3M system is an Amazon.com best seller, and Meguiar’s is not in the top 100 in the Automotive category.
- The 3M systems does not attempt to cover up the problem, rather it removes the cloudy layer of plastic, fixing the problem.
Meguiar’s headlight restoration kit is perfect for light oxidation and cloudiness, however the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is the complete package. It has earned 4.5 stars out of five from Amazon customers who have purchased and used this product. This comes from over 350 reviews.
That completes your headlight restoration kit review.