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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System

by 3M
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158 customer reviews
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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 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
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  • Blue Magic 730-6 Headlight Lens Sealer - 8 oz.
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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System Features: Headlight lens restoration kit Intended to restore two headlight lenses Utilizes the muscle power of a common household drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing 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 lenses, as well as other plastic lens surfaces on your vehicle Great to have on hand to brighten up your lenses

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Size Name:1 Pack

Technical Details

Part Number 39008
Item Weight 4.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 4 x 6 x 7 inches
Origin USA
Item model number 39008
Size 1 Pack
Color 1 Pack
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B001AIZ5HY
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4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #65 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1 in Automotive > Car Care > Glass Care
#1 in Automotive > Light & Lighting Accessories > Lighting Assemblies & Accessories > Headlight Assemblies & Parts > Headlight Parts & Accessories > Headlight Restoration Kits
#3 in Automotive > Replacement Parts > Body & Trim > Body
Shipping Weight 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available May 2, 2004

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By Daugenet Breaux on October 8, 2008
Size: 1 Pack Verified Purchase
I own an 11 year old car and the headlights had become significantly glazed over. The only thing the kit doesn't come with is a drill. (which would really drive up the cost of the kit) The steps are pretty easy to restore your headlight

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.

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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.
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I am the type of buyer who does a lot of research before pulling the trigger on a purchase and the case of buying a headlight restoration kit was no exception. Now that I have bought and used this kit, a few helpful hints:

- 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.
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This product is just incredible. I have a 6 year old Jetta which had deep pits in the headlight lenses. They looked like they had been sand blasted. [...]. The results were fantastic. The lenses now look as good as new.

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.
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