The concept behind Fast Brite is pretty basic: It's supposed to be a quick and easy way to clean cloudy, oxidized car headlights. First, a polish is applied and rubbed on the light for 30 seconds. Then, a protectant is wiped on to seal and protect it. Once dry, the headlight should be restored to showroom-quality brightness and clarity -- or so the manufacturer claims.
Those who try Fast Brite say it will clean your car's headlights to a degree, but it doesn't get them anywhere near showroom quality. The polish removes surface dirt, though it takes more than one pass and a lot more elbow grease than the advertisement claims. Owners who have used Fast Brite on seriously cloudy or yellowed lights report little change, but some say it could be an option for those with lights in better condition.
A reporter at KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., sees no difference in clarity after using Fast Brite on a viewer's car and gives the product an F. A review by Boston's New England Cable News (NECN) is also critical, but gives the product a C-minus because it removes some surface dirt. Reviewers at WXIA in Alpharetta, Ga., see enough of a change to be somewhat happy with the results, though they use more polish and time than advertised to get these results. Meanwhile, a reporter at KOVR in Sacramento, Calif., says that Fast Brite could be a quick fix solution for some lights after a lot of scrubbing for much longer than 30 seconds.
Customers posting reviews on Amazon.com are mostly dissatisfied, saying the product failed to product a showroom-quality sheen, though those who put in more time and effort with the polish are happier than others.
1. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Reporter Lauren Keith tries Fast Brite with a viewer who wants to restore his car's headlights. After using the polish and the protectant, neither of them see any difference in the clarity of the headlights. Fast Brite ultimately scores an F on their test.
Review: Does it Work Wednesday: Fast Brite, Lauren Keith, Sept. 7, 2011
2. NECN (Boston)
Reporter Leslie Gaydos uses Fast Brite on some old, cloudy headlights at an auto-recycling center. She says it cleans some of the surface dirt, but doesn't do anything to remove the built-up cloudiness from oxidation. She gives Fast Brite a grade of C-minus.
Review: Fast Brite Lens Restore: Does it Work?, Leslie Gaydos, July 13, 2011
3. WXIA (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Karyn Greer asks a viewer to try Fast Brite on his car's headlights. He has to go over each light several times and uses more polish than the instructions recommend. In the end, the lights look better, but they aren't the showroom quality that Fast Brite claims. The viewer gives it one thumb up, saying the results are good enough for him and cheaper than the professional cleaning estimates he's received.
Review: Try It Review: Fast Brite Lens Restore Kit, Karyn Greer, July 19, 2011
4. KOVR (Sacramento, Calif.)
Kurtis Ming brings Fast Brite to a local car garage to try it on a car with severely oxidized headlights. After some scrubbing, he notices that the lens is a bit clearer, though it took longer than the 30 seconds that Fast Brite advertises. Overall, he says Fast Brite could be an affordable quick fix for cloudy headlights, though it's not a perfect restoration.
Review: Buy It & Try It: Fast Brite, Kurtis Ming, Aug. 26, 2011
Over 60 customers review Fast Brite on Amazon.com, and most are a bit disappointed. Many say that it does work reasonably well to remove surface dirt, but it doesn't do much to clear up cloudiness. A select few see better results, but say they had to repeat the cleaning process more than once and use heavy pressure to get their headlights clean.
Review: Fast Brite Headlight Lens Restorer Kit, Contributors to Amazon.com