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3M 39045 Headlight Renewal Kit with Protectant

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  • Easy, 5-step process requires as little as an hour to remove scratches and restore cloudy, dull lenses
  • Includes 3M premium masking tape and 3M protectant for easy DIY repair
  • May be used on most plastic lenses, including taillights, trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle lights and more (System is intended to restore two headlight 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
  • Utilizes the muscle power of a common household (1200-1600 rpm) drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing
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Product Information

Size Name: Pack of 1
Technical Details
Part Number 39045
Item Weight2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions6.2 x 5.4 x 3.4 inches
OriginUSA
Item model number39045
SizePack of 1
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB004GFTC0E
Best Sellers Rank #770 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, 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.
Date First AvailableDecember 15, 2010
  
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Product Description

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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 Lens Renewal Kit, car, motorcycle, RV and trailer 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 of visiting a garage. Combined with a user-supplied household drill (1200-1600 rpm), clean cloth and spray bottle, this kit includes everything needed for you to restore two headlight lenses, including 25' of 3M Premium Masking Tape used to protect auto body panels during the process.

The 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit in package
Renew clouded plastic headlights to crystal clarity.
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A clouded headlight lens prior to repair using the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit
Plastic lens renewal in 4 easy steps.
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Sanding a clouded headlight lens using components included in the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit
Protect body panels with included masking tape, then sand out scratches and dullness.
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Refining and buffing a clouded headlight lens using components included in the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit
Refine and reduce remaining scratches, then polish.
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A headlight lens restored to clarity with the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit
The result is just-like-new visibility.
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The Danger of Clouded Plastic Light Covers

Plastic is today's standard automotive construction material used for everything from headlight lenses to motorcycle windshields, plastic tail lights, trailers and more, yet it does have its drawbacks. Although it provides vehicles with lightweight, durable components, it can also yellow and haze with weather, sun and sand after less than ten years of exposure. This can result in both dangerously limited driver visibility on the road, as well as a downgraded appearance and value of the vehicle. While the impact on a vehicle's value varies, the dangers in terms of compromised visibility are clear.

According to recent statistics compiled by the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council, compromised visibility due to dimmed headlights, taillights and other plastic features is a factor in 2.8 million auto accidents, 23,000 fatal crashes and 2,300 pedestrian deaths each year. 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 - get the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit.

The Do-It-Yourself Solution

The 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit 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, detailed instructions and even 25' of 3M headlight masking tape, it includes everything users need to turn their household drill into a low cost solution to the dangerous automotive problem of dull headlights. 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. Compared to having headlight lenses commercially repaired for approximately $75-$150 or replaced for up to $1,500, the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit costs a fraction of that price and the entire process takes under an hour, depending on the extent of the damage.

How Does it Work?

The steps for using the 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit are easy and can be performed by anyone, usually in less than an hour. First, clean the plastic surface to be worked on and tape around the body panels of your vehicle using the included 3M Premium Masking tape. Second, using your standard household hand drill (1200-1600 rpm) with attached 3M backing plate, sand away the hazed surface in a two-stage sanding process with the included P500 and P800 sanding pads. Third, refine and reduce remaining visible scratches using your drill/3M backing plate and the P3000 Trizact foam disc. Lastly, polish and buff lenses for clarity and shine using your drill/3M backing plate with orange foam compounding pad attached and a small amount of 3M headlight lens polish. That's it - simple, fast and inexpensive. In addition to a standard household drill mentioned (1200-1600 rpm), you will also need a spray bottle and water used in the wet sanding and buffing processes. Otherwise, everything that you need is included in the kit.

Key Features

  • Easy, 4-step process requires as little as an hour to remove scratches and restore cloudy, dull lenses
  • Includes 25' of 3M premium masking tape for easy DIY repair
  • May be used on most plastic lenses, including taillights, trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle lights and more (System is intended to restore two headlight 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
  • Utilizes a standard household (1200-1600 rpm) drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing
  • 3M Protectant that will help block UV light and keep your lenses clearer for longer
  • This inexpensive kit saves hundreds of dollars and restores crucial night time visibility by allowing you to restore your own lenses

What's in the Box

  • 1 - 3M drill backing plate
  • 1 - 3M Masking Tape PN 0000 25 ft.
  • 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
  • 1 - Container of 3M protectant

Limitation of Liability

Except where prohibited by law, 3M will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from use of this 3M product, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, regardless of the legal theory asserted, including warranty, contract, negligence or strict liability.

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries.

Product Description

The 3M Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant is an easy-to-use five step system that can make hazy lenses a thing of the past. Designed to provide increased brightness to plastic lenses, this kit comes with everything you need to do the job--just add a drill. It will remove the hazy, yellow layer from lenses on trailers, snowmobiles, headlights/taillights, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle lights, and more. Not only does it increase your night time visibility, the restored clarity will improve the appearance of your vehicle. The included protectant will keep your lenses looking cleaner longer.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

My headlights look like new!
JMyler
The instructions are clear (I recommend watching the video at 3M's website) and easy to follow.
Reasonable Expectations
Works great, take your time with the process and you will have great results.
paul manos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By C. Tone on January 22, 2012
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I have purchased many different items over the years to polish the headlights on my 2002 Jetta. And I have been able to polish to a point but never got that new look, and there was plenty of elbow grease used with those product.

But results were always the same, lack luster.

Got this product a couple weeks back and had been waiting for a warm day. This is a small package and was curious what was inside that would make the results possible that I was looking for. Opened it up and and had varies sanding pads and polish units with compond and polish. The difference that this has is the needed sand paper to start the polishing of the headlights.

All of the componds that say that you just put on a cloth and polish with your hands will do little or nothing to clean the headlights. I know, I have tried them and they are all sitting out in the garage.

You need to sand the old plastic of your headlights off, and slowly use the next finer grit of sandpaper to slowly polish the plastic back to a new status. They say that this is a quick process but I would take a little extra time than usual to polish at each stage.

At first I thought I had just destroyed my headlights and was thinking that I would be having to buy brand new when you see the first sanding stage. But went to the second stage and you can start to see it slowly working. But still take the time to move slowly back and forth.

Once I got to the 9000 grit pad with some polish compond on the pad, and basically started the wet sanding of the headlights you start to see the results of taking your time on the first couple stages. I kept going back and forth on this stage and kept spraying water on really work the wet sand process.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Walt Freitag on December 4, 2012
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I bought this kit because my wife wanted to buy one of those "works like magic!" headlight lens restorers from a TV ad. I didn't trust that product. A spray-on coating might make fine scratches that can cause cloudiness less visible, but it can't actually fix the scratches or restore the original lens surface, and I don't trust a coating to last. That's the problem with magic: it's easy to do but it doesn't work. With this kit, you actually repair the surface of the lens itself. It's the real thing, but it doesn't work "like magic," it works like work (a couple of hours' worth) and produces great results.

The lens repair process has four stages (not including prep, the final wax coating after the lens is polished, and clean-up). The first stage is sanding with 500-grit sandpaper, the second is sanding with 800-grit sandpaper, the third is a 3000-grit polishing abrasive (used with a little water) that's embedded in a foam disk, and the fourth is a polishing compound rubbed on using another foam disk.

Besides the parts in the kit, you need a 1200-1600 RPM drill, a water spray bottle (a plant mister would certainly do), some clean soft rags for wiping, soapy water for an initial wash, and a clean microfiber cloth for the final wax application. I used an old plug-in electric drill that runs at 1200 rpm. I doubt that a cordless drill could complete the task for two headlights in one charge.

A round holder, included in the kit, fits in the drill and holds the various sandpaper and foam pads used in the four stages. The holder is thick foam, so it's very forgiving; for instance, the edge of the pad won't gouge the working surface if you tilt the drill while sanding or polishing.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By moxfish on August 8, 2012
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I initially did the first headlight as instructed but I just couldn't sand it down enough with the 500 grain sheet that comes with the package. I finally decided to get out my orbital sander and attach some 250 grain sandpaper and started over. The results were great, at more than a few feet away the headlights look like new. The trick to this kit is to sufficiently sand down the headlight with the first round of sanding. After that, the progressively finer sanding is basically only polishing the plastic. If you don't get out all the imperfections (with the exception of the expected frosting of the plastic) with the first round of sanding then they'll still be there in the end.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By howie on July 4, 2011
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my headlights were opaque when i started using this product and when i finished the headlights were as clear as brand new. it is so easy to use and takes very little time. i recommend this product 100%
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pudge on January 4, 2012
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I had badly hazed-over headlight lenses on my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The key for me was using a decent cordless drill (a lightweight Craftsmans in my case) and having plenty of patience. I read as many comments as I could find before ordering this product. The best tip I got was not to rush and be methodical on this job. As long as you use light pressure, wipe off the lenses and the pads frequently and keep the drill moving over the lenses, I don't think it's possible to overdo any of the sanding stages. (I added a couple more passes when I thought that I was done with each stage.) I spent about ninety minutes on each headlight lens and I'm very happy with the results; two clear headlights.
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