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Old 10-27-2011, 01:51 PM
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Default Product Review: Mothers Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

Product: Mothers Powerball headlight Restoration Kit. Purchased at the walmartz for $19.95.



The claim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeHmXNYtgzg


I purchased this kit in order to clean up the lights on a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab that I recently purchased.

I know how advertising works so I wasn't actually expecting much out of a $20 kit no matter how good Mothers products are. As long as there was improvement id be happy. I can say that I was not disappointed. While they don't look brand new there was noticeable improvement that can really be seen at night.

This is a work truck and has seen a few hard miles leaving the lenses scratched and pitted. Luckily the kit came with abrasives pads and instructions on how to sand down the lenses to work some of that out. I know it is a little scary to take abrasives to your headlights but just follow the directions and you will be fine. It is nothing more than basic wet sanding. It came with 4 grits which will work but i think would have been better with at least one more course grit and one more fine grit. I will more than likely try again in a month and purchase some on my own to add to it.

TAKE YOUR TIME. I know some of the advertisements say 20 minutes but it is going to take longer than that. This isn't something you want to rush. I made that mistake on the first lens and had to do it all over the next day.

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. They are basic and to the point and shouldn't be to much of an issue.

Overview: It was good for the price point. I wasn't expecting the results of a higher end kit or professional repair job and would purchase again.

Now for the pics.

before:



First attempt:



Second time:



All in all 4 out of 5 Swanky's(sorry don't have the official Swanky review pic)
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:03 PM
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Default Re: Product Review: Mothers Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

Looks good.

I just did my wifes van. Being a car guy, I have everything I'd need to detail a car. I use 3M Rubbing Compound



I use the same pads on my 3" orbital that i use on the polish for my cars. Does the exact same thing. Problem is it will continue to happen, so every year or 2, it's good to redo them.


The sanding you don't need to do unless it's REALLY bad (like in the middle of O.P.'s headlights but worse). Ditto on the taking your time. Clean, tape off, polish, and remove polish & tape will take 30 minutes or so per light. If you do have to sand, take 45 or so.
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Default Re: Product Review: Mothers Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

I have used the 3M version that uses sandpaper to rough up the surface then takes it back to a nice sheen. Good looking results tho!!
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Default Re: Product Review: Mothers Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

Just as an aside...WHY do these style of headlamps have this happen (all of the time)? It doesn't seem to matter where you live, what the weather is like, road salts, sun, rain, snow, day, night, American cars, imports, etc. It would seem that some material or extra step could be put into the manufacturing process to limit or stop this...but maybe I'm just over thinking it.

Any idea what causes this, and why the car companies don't do a better job of stopping it before it gets so bad on so many "modern" cars?
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Just as an aside...WHY do these style of headlamps have this happen (all of the time)? It doesn't seem to matter where you live, what the weather is like, road salts, sun, rain, snow, day, night, American cars, imports, etc. It would seem that some material or extra step could be put into the manufacturing process to limit or stop this...but maybe I'm just over thinking it.

Any idea what causes this, and why the car companies don't do a better job of stopping it before it gets so bad on so many "modern" cars?
Its due to the polycarbonate plastic used for the lamps. If it were glass then it wouldnt be an issue. Its UV deteriorating the surface of the poly.
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Its due to the polycarbonate plastic used for the lamps. If it were glass then it wouldnt be an issue. Its UV deteriorating the surface of the poly.
Gotcha. Thanks.

Would it cost "that much" more to use a different plastic, or (heaven forbid) actual GLASS for the housings? I mean, it really is a safety issue, and not one that can be easily fixed after the fact. Why not bump the price for the (damn) vehicle up by a hundred bux and put some lamp covers on that actually work PROPERLY for more than just 3 or 4 years?

Sorry...rant over.
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Its due to the polycarbonate plastic used for the lamps. If it were glass then it wouldnt be an issue. Its UV deteriorating the surface of the poly.
Or a very high quality PC, it wouldn't do that.
Cars are disposable commodities. And generally built as such.
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Nice review, added to the tool review sticky for future reference.
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It can also depend upon road salt & sand - which will wear out/cloud the headlight covers faster



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Default Re: Product Review: Mothers Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

Timely. I'm in full-blown OCD spring detailing mode! Gonna pick up one of these kits!
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