CCP - 5 Minute Headlamp Lens Restorer

The CCP 5 Minute Headlamp Lens Restorer is a single step headlight lens polishing system. The kit includes six polishing pads and one back up pad drill adapter. The polishing pads are laced with a white abrasive powder designed to cut and resurface plastic surfaces. Adding water activates the polish and if the panels become too dry just keep adding water while sanding.

The company has renamed this product to 5 Minute Optical Polish (for: Auto Lenses). They have introduced a new product called Headlight Lens Repair Plus.

Details

Drill Adapter
The adapter is made of hard plastic and smooth at the bottom that uses adhesive to attach.

Foam Polishing Pads
The foam polishing pads are laced with aluminum oxide powder mixed with some white pasty agent. This item is very similar to dried out water based polish from Aqua Buff 2000 from Hawkeye Industries. The polish is fine grit.

The foam pads are made of low density polyethylene foam that are commonly used in hard case inserts or for packaging. PE foams are It tears easily by hand. The foam material is a bad choice for polishing. When switching pads, the adhesive is very strong and will tear the polish pad, making it messy and time consuming.
Test Panel
This test measures the performance of a polish setup. We used a small strip of Lexan 3" x 6" x 0.10". This is the same Lexan you can purchase from Home Depot or Lowes located in the windows section sold under XL102UV by GE. The lexan is divided into three sections where they are scuffed with 800 / 1000 / 2000 grit. We used 3M Imperial Wet and Dry sandpaper and using only a horizontal pattern for 1 minute.
  Base Line Figures
Surface ConditionCalibratedTrue Value
New Panel99.9%89.8%
800 grit4.7%5.0%
1000 grit4.9%5.9%
2000 grit8.4%8.7%

The haze meter measures light deflection caused by surface imperfection (scratches) with great precision with a tolerance of  +  3%. A new Lexan™ panel allows 89.8% of light to travel through. After scuffing with 800 / 1000 / 2000 grit sandpaper the light transmission drops to 5.0% / 5.9% / 8.7% respectively.

The calibrated values are based on measurements from a new Lexan™ panel. The calibrated numbers are for measuring the difference between a perfectly new Lexan™ panel versus the tested sample. The true value numbers are based on measurements from actual light measurements, so these figures show how much actual light is lost through the test panel.
The polishing pads did not work well. I first started with gentle pressure for about 30 seconds each spot. The water kept the panel cool so I didn't need to worry about moving the drill around. Afterwards I wiped off the slurry polish from the lens and saw no visual improvements. Then the second time around I added more pressure for another 30 seconds each section. There were some improvements but nothing to be proud of. The clearest spot had scores of scratches created from the foam and drill. Our foam pad even begun to tore up from just polishing a small panel. We did not hit any sharp edges nor were we harsh on the pad.

Surface ConditionCalibratedTrue Value
2000 grit68.5%58.6%
1000 grit53.5%42.4%
800 grit30.4%30.2%
As you can see there are small spots of clarity and that is where I used a lot of pressure against the drill to acheive those spots. Then the pad just started to fall apart.

   



Slight Deterioration
This test is similar to the test panel, but this time it will be done on an actual car. Light deterioration is categorized for lights that are either yellowing or slightly hazing. This is when the abrasion resistant (AR) coating on the lens is beginning to give out or thinning down. Since I am unable to empirically provide actual data, you should refer to the test panel for reference.

The goal of this test is to see how effective the polishing kit is on actual headlights.
The CCP was not strong enough to remove slight deterioration. We still had yellowing and the headlight looked blotchy. Some clear and scratched dull parts. Inconsistent results and we didn't have enough pads to finish one headlight.

Heavy Deterioration
This test will determine if the polish can clear up the worst headlight conditions. These are lights are completely deteriorated all over and looks so hazy that you can't see through them. The lights would look scuffed up and flaking.
If applicable, we will measure the performance of the light output with a light meter. Our standard test will measure the peak output at a 10ft distance. The readings from the before and after would be published.
This kit is not meant for cleaning heavy deterioration. Infact the instructions states that "Badly scratched and damaged lenses will need replacement." Just because this kit can't fix it doesn't mean you should replace your headlights. Bad call CCP!

Preparation 8 min
Washing both headlights took about 6 minutes of soaping, washing and drying. Masking tape is optional but recommended.

Procedures 16 min
Each headlight would take around 8 minutes to go through 5-6 pads. To get decent results would likely require another kit and 8 more minutes. So depending how much money you want to throw at. Doing one pair of headlights will require at least two kits with 16 minutes total.
Instructions
The instructions are vague and it even contains marketing pitches. The instructions need to elaborate on when the pads should be replaced.

Likes
Since this is a single step process you shouldn't be able to make any grave mistakes.

Dislikes
The product does not work as advertised. The finished results was not clear and there were not enough pads to complete the job. If higher quality pads were used, it would not have this problem. If you didn't mask off the edges, the corners of headlights would be hard to polish without hitting the paint.
Price
Where to buyPrice
Summitracing.com$14.56 + tax
Company Direct$18.59 + tax
Amazon.com - ApexSuppliers$27.86 + tax
$14.90 price was used for scoring which can be purchased at Summit Racing's website. Even the low price, should not make up for the lack of usefulness. We could not find this product sold locally.

Difficulty
The kit was not hard to use. You just attach the adapter to the drill and polish away while keeping the surface wet with water. However you will notice that if you headlights were really hazy, you'll go through all 6 pads from just one headlight.

Result
Before using this product I was expecting to get crystal clear results accordingly from their marketing material on the website and box. However we were only able to finish 1 slightly deteriorated headlight with mediocre results. There were lots of fine scratches made during polishing. To get results you will probably need to get over 5 kits per headlight. But in the real world it just didn't work. The polish is too fine to resurface the headlight. By the time you are done you will have spent more time, effort and money going through the CCP route.

Value
This is the reason why we have the value rating. Even though it scored a 9 on the price, we gave it a 0 because it is a gimmick product. Does not work as well as other products on the market and no price advantage. It is an ineffective product.
Website
The company website was a handful or can I say a headache. The template was poorly designed and hard to navigate. The constant reloading of the intro eventually strung out my nerves. I could not locate a MSDS anywhere online. Also the reference of this product to nanotechnology is absurd. 1.2 microns does not qualify for nanometer measurements. Nanotechnology is to reference a particular molecular structure or arrangement to acheive a certain characteristic enhancement.

The concept used in their marketing does not make any sense at all. Using powder aluminum oxide at the size of 1.2 microns or smaller means it is equivalent to 3,000 grit or higher abrasive. Most of the abrasives were spun off the pad after 1 minute of use. The abrasives were barely enough to polish out a 2000 grit panel. A good polish kit should be able to remove at least 800 grit scratches.

Quoted from Website
"This products works on the natural laws of PHYSICS. It can be considered the worlds finest polishing product. So fine that it produces a high gloss finish 100% of the time. The only way to permanently repair an imperfection is to remove the imperfect surface by polishing it out. While most abrasive products remove a lot of the paint quickly, These products only remove microns at a time. So small of an amount the human eye can not see it. The results you get are PERMANENT and will not reappear after washing. There are no coatings or fillers. It is virtually impossible to make a mistake and not achieve improved results. The Natural laws of PHYSICS Guarantee it."

Grammatical errors I can understand, it happens to everyone. Then with CCP there were so much errors that they have lost credibility with me and was fun to pick at. The marketing pitch is misleading. Would you like to dig a hole for a swimming pool with a hand shovel? Or paint a house with a hand brush? It is just preposterous. It does not make any logical sense. It is a complete waste of time and effort. This wouldn't be so bad if their product didn't fall apart or worked as they claimed.

The results are not permanent. This statement is a big lie. When you polish a surface it will become dull and hazy again. Even metals are that way. When you are talking about polycarbonate plastic it is guaranteed to dull again.




Opinion
The CCP 5 Minute polish requires more then the 6 pads provided for real world situations. The foam and powdered abrasives are not strong enough to cut headlight lens. The polish dust/slurry also spun off the pads once water was added. The foam pads tore very fast and just didn't work. The finished result was still semi dull. We were able to polish tail lights that were dull, but the finish had a lot of swirl marks.

The packaging makes big claims but falls very short. Especially the part "Permanently, Safely & Easily Removes: Scratches, Hazing, Yellowing, Micro Pitting and Restores Clarity". Claims like these is where we will scutinize products. It is misleading and unethical (in a business sense).

Our test proves that this product is inadequate so it would only make sense that they would release a new and more aggressive product to deal with headlights.

So at the end of our trials. I felt that this product was overpriced based on the fact it just didn't do anything you can do when compared to our DIY article which can be done for under $5.



Specifications
Part Number:POL-100
Made in:U.S.A.
Retail Price:$13.99
Street Price:NA
Online Price *:$14.90
Gross Weight:2.49 oz
Polish Weight:NA
Package Size:6" x 3" x 3"
Classification:Polishing Kit
Capacity:Light
Procedure:Power Drill

* Including shipping


Package Contents

  • (1) Instruction Manual
  • (1) Drill Adapter
  • (6) Foam Sanding Disc



Requirements

  • Power Drill
  • Cotton or Paper Towel *
  • Masking Tape *
  • Spray Bottle

* Denotes as optional

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Company Information

Website:www.customchemicalpkg.com
Phone:(216) 901-9695