Does Blue Magic Headlight Restorer Work?
What does it take to restore headlights? I recently bought a well-taken care-of, 1997 BMW 540i from a good friend. The car was immaculate and it’s silver titanium paint still brilliant and glossy as new. Unfortunately, the clarity of the headlight lens didn’t match the excellent condition of the rest of the car. The lights were hazy, foggy and dull, detracting from an otherwise vintage-looking Bimmer. The cloudy looking headlights also made nighttime driving visibility less than ideal. The condition of the plastic headlight lens seemed okay, so I knew there must be a way to recapture the gloss and transparent appeal of new headlights. There a great way to Wax a Car, but is there a great way to restore headlights?
Ways To Restore Foggy Headlights with Blue Magic
I quickly learned from some experienced bimmer owners that some sanding and polishing, along with various chemicals could make my headlights look like new again. Other people have had success restoring their headlights with the simple application of various polishing agents and chemicals on the market. This of course, depends on how badly your lights are hazed or fogged. While buying some supplies at my local auto parts store, I saw a bottle of Blue Magic Headlight Restorer on the counter. I asked the clerk about it and he said that customers have reported good results with it. At $6.99 a bottle, I thought it would be worth giving blue magic a try.
What does it Do?
Blue Magic comes in a blue bottle and looks, feels and smells like a liquid car wax. The instructions on the blue magic bottle basically tell you to apply it and polish just as you would a car wax. They also instruct you to repeat the process several times, depending on the condition of your headlights. Badly hazed or fogged headlights may require that you repeat the process 7-10 times, or in my case forever.
How Well Does it work?
In my case, it did me very little good at all. I am not convinced that this is anything more than a liquid wax, though the odor seems to be of a stronger ammonia scent. I used several applications on my lights. I tried it both ways; letting the polish dry, then buffing it off, or rubbing it in and polishing it while it was still wet. It seemed to make very little difference. Due to the fine, hair-line scratches in my lights, it became apparent that some serious buffing and/or sanding with an oribital polisher would be required.
Use with a Buffing Wheel
I purchased a couple of buffing wheels for my high speed drill. Liberally applying the Blue Magic headlight restorer, then letting it dry and also buffing it wet, I went to work with it on the buffer. There was noticable improvement, but progress was slow. It wasn’t until I got out my good ol’ fashioned turtle wax, that the lights started looking really good!
Final Results Restoring Headlights
Based on my own results, I cannot recommend blue magic as a way to completely restore fogged or scratched headlights. Everyone’s headlights are different, so I cannot say for sure that the product won’t work for some people. However, based on the time I spent with and without a polishing drill, and comparing the results to the turtle wax, this product was not worth the $7 bucks it cost me. What about you?
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Is there a better Headlight Restorer?
Based on the polishing and buffing experience with my own headlights, online research and other people’s successful experience working with their headlights, there is a product that will get your headlights clean, regardless of the condition they are in. The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System requires a little extra elbow grease and cash, but it is the only way you can be sure to get those headlights looking clean and brand spanking new again!