October 27, 2011 @ 8:00 am
by mego

A few months ago, we realized that our night vision was greatly reduced because of headlight clouding. So of we went to a local shop to pick up a Mothers Power Plastic 4 Lights Kit to see if a simple $20 would work instead of a $100 or higher professional job. The kit includes:

Plastic Polish
Power Ball (polishing attachment for a power drill)
Microfiber Towel
Severe Damage Restoration Pads (for severe cases of pits, scratches, and stains).

Instructions: After attaching the power ball to your speed drill, apply a small bit of the polish to the attachment. Place on headlight and start at slow speeds. Polish until entire lens is clean. Buff with the microfiber cloth.

Results: As you can see below, the results aren’t nearly as advanced as the packaging promises, but there is a slight improvement in headlight clarity. Especially on the left turn signal cover, the only light that required the severe restoration part of the kit.

Bottom Line: Worth the cost if you need light repairs. If you need advanced cleaning, have a professional buff out the plastic for you.

Left Headlight

Left Turn Signal and Brights

Right Headlight

Right Turn Signal and Brights (used Severe Damage Restoration Pads)

7 Responses to “Mothers Headlight Restoration Kit Test”

  1. Anthony says:

    Great post I have learned alot. Keep up the good work

  2. Mike says:

    Those type of kits won’t do much for glass lenses, as Volvo S70s have. My ’98 S70′s lenses are original and still looking great with no maintenance. Our ’05 S60′s plastic lenses on the other hand look awful…

    Try cleaning the glass lenses well and then clay them to get out impurities that are imbedded in the glass. Then maybe a light polish, then maybe wax. I can’t imagine the glass lenses would need any more maintenance than that.

    Good to see another Volvo owner taking care of their car!

    • mego says:

      @ Mike – Thanks for the comment! We maintain our V70 as much as we can. There’s nothing like a well-maintained used car without a car payment!

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