|
Preview: To see full article and/or Ratings, Subscribe Now!

Shine up your hazy headlights

Consumer Reports magazine: March 2012

As people keep their cars longer, oxidation of commonly used plastic headlight lenses is an increasing problem for drivers. Oxidation creates a haze that can significantly reduce headlight illumination, creating a safety hazard. And because hazing occurs over time, you might not notice the creeping danger.

Replacing the lenses or having them professionally cleaned are options but can cost $200. For a fraction of that, you can use a headlight lens cleaning kit.

We recently sampled four kits, all costing $21 or less, on several older cars: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System 29008, Fast Brite Auto Headlight Restorer Kit, Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit, and Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer. All the kits remove the cloudy surface of plastic lenses by using abrasives. Three then polish the lenses back to a smoother finish, while a fourth skips directly to the sealant stage to finish the lens. Two other kits also use a sealant. All can be purchased either online or at auto parts and department stores.

Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org to see which products worked best.

Sign In or Subscribe to see full article and/or Ratings.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters!
Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

DOCTORS & HOSPITALS
Special report: The dangers of CT scans and X-raysVideo Patients are often exposed to radiation for little medical reason.
TELECOM SERVICES REVIEWS
How does Sling TV compare to cable and satellite? Consumer Reports tries this new over-the-Internet live-TV streaming service.
grill
SUPER BOWL GUIDE
Super ways to use a grill for your Super Bowl bash Learn how to make a basic gas grill a more versatile cooker.
SUV REVIEWS
Are the Escalade and Navigator still relevant?Video Our latest Talking Cars podcast discusses big, truck-based luxury SUVs.
SNOW BLOWER REVIEWS
5 reasons not to use your lawn tractor to plow snowVideo A beefy snow blower is probably the better bet for a number of reasons.
Health Cats Electronics Electronics & computers Health
WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE
8 ways to keep your cell phone working in a blizzard Learn how to keep your communication lines open during any emergency.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Cars

Cars New Car Price Report
Find out what the dealers don't want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report.

Order Your Report

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more