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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2007, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Review: Crystal View headlight restorer/defogger

I must say I came away very impressed and satisfied with this product. I first looked into just going and buying some sandpaper and polish but could not find any multi-packs or single sheets at our local hardware stores. I did not feel like spending $4 a pop for each level of grit.

So, I opted for this $20 kit (http://www.crystalviewchemicals.com/myheadlight ) at Advance Auto Parts which included 2 pieces each 1000 and 2500 grit sandpaper in the package. I probably could have used a courser grit such as 800 or even 600 as it took so much longer to wet sand everything. The 2500 was really nice as it smoothed the surface out quite nicely.

The package sells the idea of a "5-minute" job.....well, unless your headlights are just slightly hazy, don't count on it. I spent near two hours total between the two headlights, of course there was the dis-assembly and reassembly time of taking them off the car.

As it was getting to be dusk, I was able to get one shot of a comparison between the sightly yellowish hazy headlight still on the car and the one I had just put a first layer of polish on.

I know there are many products like this one out there, but I would highly recommend it for ease of use and the finished product it delivers so long as you are not dealing with a lamp that is pitted very heavily. At that point I would just suggest adding some coarse sandpaper to wet sand before using the 1000 grit included in the kit.

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Great review!! Thanks for taking the time! What a huge difference.
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What all is included in the pack? Just sandpaper? My headlights aren't all the way fogged over, but I wouldn't might clearing them up some.
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What all is included in the pack? Just sandpaper? My headlights aren't all the way fogged over, but I wouldn't might clearing them up some.
Included in the pack is one latex glove, 2 pieces each of 1000 and 2500 grit sand paper (one set for each headlamp), 8 small pieces of cloth, 2 packets of liquid polish to apply on the headlight with the cloth, and 4 packets (2 coats for each headlamp) of liquid finish/gloss that again you use the cloths to apply each coat, and directions! I think that's it!

It is very handy to have a spray water bottle to moisten the headlamps and sand paper, and you will need a dry towel which also is not included.
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holy big difference. i need this stuff
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has it held up pretty good so far?
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has it held up pretty good so far?
Only been 2 months. From what I understand it is the UV light that messes with the lenzes. You only sand down through the thin layer that is fogged.
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Body guy told me to use 1500g wet/dry sandpaper to get the yellow off my lens and then use 2000g to smooth out the rest again wet/dry sandpaper. Wal-Mart auto department had them so i got it. Today I don't use 2000g I just use 1500g or 1000g to do it. If it needs to be done.

I also had to use Joy lemon dish detergent in the mix with water and the wet/dry sandpaper. Once I started to rub the mixure on the lens the crap came off. First time it going to take sometime since mine got very bad..

Once all of that was done I had washed off the white stuff off the lens you could see the clear plastic lens coming back to life. Body guy told me to use some sort of wax and commerical high speed buffer the one at a body shop. My in-law does that I used it and wow! My lens looked like new again!

I had used 3M shine that the dealers use to shine up new cars to sell on the lens that last a good time. Depending on the weather and stuff I usually have to a product car lens cleaner product to just polish the lens. Leaves them nice and shinny.

You really don't need any kits to me it's a waste of money when you can just do it yourself for under $10 bucks.
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