|Item Weight||4.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4 x 6 x 7 inches|
|Item model number||39008|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
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- Easy, 3-step process requires as little as an hour to remove scratches and restore cloudy, dull lenses
- Features 3M abrasive technology and a polishing compound to restore hazy and dull headlight lenses, as well as other plastic lens surfaces on your vehicle
- System is intended to restore two headlight lenses
- Utilizes the muscle power of a common household (1200-1600 rpm) drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing
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3M Headlight Lens Restoration System
Plastic lenses can yellow with age, reducing headlight brightness, and new lenses can be expensive. The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System lets you shine and restore plastic lenses, including headlights, taillights, fog and directional lights. By restoring clarity to the lens, the performance of the headlight is improved and the appearance of the vehicle is enhanced Now you can produce professional results with the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System and a household drill (1200-1600 rpm). Kit includes all items necessary to perform the task except for the drill, tape and clean cloth.
In the past, replacing scratched, clouded or yellowed plastic headlight covers was an expensive necessity in order to preserve safety. But now with the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, car and motorcycle owners can shine and restore plastic lenses — including headlights, tail lights, fog and directional lights — to like-new condition for a fraction of the cost. This kit includes everything needed to restore two headlight lenses, excluding the user-supplied household drill (1200-1600 rpm), automotive tape, clean cloth, and spray bottle.
Clouded Plastic Headlights
Plastic surfaces are great for giving vehicles lightweight, durable components – from plastic headlight lenses to motorcycle windshields, plastic tail lights, trailers and more. But these plastic components can yellow and haze with weather, sun and sand, limiting visibility and diminishing the appearance and value of the vehicle. While the impact on a vehicle's value varies, the dangers in terms of limited visibility are clear: It is a factor in 2.8 million accidents, 23,000 fatal crashes and 2,300 pedestrian deaths each year, according to the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council. Dim headlight bulbs and hazy plastic headlight lenses or surfaces may lead to this reduced visibility, putting you, your passengers and other cars at risk. The AAIA Car Care Council found that 26 percent of the cars it inspected had issues with their lighting system. Millions of cars on the road today have plastic headlight lenses. The problem increases with the age of the lens, and with the average age of cars on the road about 10 years old, the problem is growing. Yet there is something you can do about it.
- 3M abrasive technology and a polishing compound to restore hazy and dull headlight lenses, as well as other plastic lens surfaces on your vehicle.
- System is intended to restore two headlight lenses.
- Utilizes the muscle power of a common household (1200-1600 rpm) drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing.
- This inexpensive kit saves hundreds of dollars and restores crucial night time visibility by restoring your own lenses.
- Easy, 3-step process requires as little as an hour to remove scratches and restore cloudy, dull lenses.
The Do-It-Yourself Solution
The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is designed to give do-it-yourselfers an easy and affordable way to repair their vehicle's plastic lens surfaces. Containing various graded sanding pads, pad holders, buffing pads, polish and detailed instructions, it includes everything users need to turn their household drill into a low cost solution to this dangerous automotive problem. The Lens Renewal Kit can also be used to repair hazing on other plastic surfaces, including taillights, emergency light bars, plastic motorcycle lights, trailers, snowmobiles and more.
How Does it Work?
The steps for using the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System are as easy as 1-2-3. First, sand the hazed surface in a two-stage wet sanding process with the enclosed sanding pads until the surface is smooth and the dulled layer is removed. Then polish with the 3M plastic polish, and buff with the buffing pad to the level of clarity desired in the plastic. In addition to a standard household drill mentioned (1200-1600 rpm) used in the buffing process, you will also need 3M Automotive Masking Tape to protect the body panels of your car surrounding the work area, and a spray bottle and water used in the wet sanding process. Otherwise, everything that you need is included in the kit.
What's in the Box
1-disc pad holder, 1-3M soft interface pad, 6-3M sanding discs, 4-3M finishing discs, 1- 3M trizact disc, 1-3M headlight lens polish/rubbing compound (1 oz.), 1-buffing pad, step-by-step directions.
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1. Clean the headlight and tape around the headlight edges to protect the paint job.
2. Use the "yellow" sanding disk with the drill attachment. The headlight will take on a more cloudy, but uniform, appearance
3. Use the "white" disk and smooth out the surface
4. Use the "gray" disk (with water) and begin the polishing of the surface
5. Finally use the "orange" foam disk with the polishing compound and complete the job.
Instructions are included with the kit and are pretty straightforward. I would say that anyone can do this job in approximately 2 hours or less. The drill attachment is WELL worth the money.
I was actually able to do two cars with one kit. Obviously this will depend on the condition of your headlights. I would recommend buying one kit per car though.
When using the kit I actually wiped off the "dust" that was created between steps. This wasn't mentioned in the instructions but I don't feel that it effected the results either. If you do the same thing then you will not see much of the "white slurry" described in the instructions when using the gray disk.
I hope this review helps and I will try to check back later to see if anyone has some comments that need answering.
Update Dec 2011
Sadly the effects do not last forever. (nor would I expect them to) After about a year I could notice the hazing starting up and within another I was about where I had started. On the plus side, the second round of restoration went very quickly. I am glad to see this product has worked so well for so many people.
- On Amazon, there were three 3M kits listed, the 39008, the 39014, and 39045 for approx $17, $18, and $24 respectively, all with great reviews. I couldn't for the life of me figure out the difference int he kits, so I went with the cheapest, the 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System. Well, now I know the difference. ALL the kits include:
1 - 3M drill backing plate
4 - P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 - P500 grit yellow discs
1 - P3000 Trizact foam disc
1 - Orange foam compounding pad
1 - 1 oz. 3M headlight lens polish sample
- The 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit includes all the above plus:
1 - 3M Masking Tape PN 0000 25 ft.
- The 3M 39045 Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant includes all of the above plus:
1 - Container of protectant formula
I had making tape, so no biggie there, and I just used a high quality automotive wax on the lenses when I was done, so I didn't need the 3M "Protectant formula". You also provide a 1200-1600rpm drill (use a corded drill, cordless just won't cut it, you will run out of charge in short order) and a pray bottle with plain water.
Maybe my lights were particularly bad, but it took me a good 1.Read more ›
Some tips from my experience:
1. If you're going to wash your car the same day as you restore the lenses, wash after you do the lenses. Some plastic dust blows around and there is some spatter on the wet sand.
2. Be sure to really protect the surrounding paint. 3M recommends two layers of automotive masking tape, which I did. But I did cut through in two places with the edge of the sandpaper. So if there is any chance of touching the body of you car with the edge of the sandpaper, put on 3 or 4 layers of tape.
3. The kit comes with plenty of supplies: sandpaper and plastic polish. The directions warn that there may not be enough supplies, but I had plenty left over, although admittedly the Jetta headlights aren't that large. I don't see any need to buy the kit with the large bottles of plastic cleaner and polish unless you need that stuff for other projects.
4. I followed the directions exactly. I went the extra mile of doing extra passes on each level of sanding to insure I got out all the original damage and then each level of sanding scratches. I got as uniform level of appearance as I could. As the instructions say doing more at each level makes the next level easier. I also ended each level with a few passes with lower pressure.
5. I'd say the only tricky part is holding the drill steady while you sand away. It can jump around if you're not careful. I set up a stool with the appropriate height so I could rest my forearm that was holding the drill on my thigh. I held the drill with both hands and then moved it steadily across the lens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Saved my factory Head lamps and look brand new. Well worth it. Mine were getting fogged over on the outside and I used this before on another truck. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Andrea
I was somewhat skeptical of this product. When I started applying it I was super scared. It scratches your lenses really bad (intentional) and then buffs it to a great shine. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Wil Pharaoh
Worked great on my 2003 Corolla with 245,000 miles. This is the first time i am restoring. I highly recommend this product. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ed Norton
It restored my yellowed headlight lenses to new condition . I defy anyone to dispute the like new condition , and using the power drill made it so easy , and there was enough of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Larry LaPierre
Works extremely well. Just follow instructions. Be careful not to nick car paint with sanding pad. Would buy again.Published 2 days ago by E. Brown
This product has straightforward instructions and does a terrific job. I have used it twice now (once a year for two years) on my 10 year old car, and the headlights look like... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Donald Ganer
This really works great. Just make sure you take your time and don't rush it. Plan on about a hour to hour and a half to get it all done including preparation. Read morePublished 3 days ago by B. Duke