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- For use on headlights, taillights, fog, and directional lights
- Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound
- Saves 100s versus purchasing a new headlight
- Improves the appearance of a car - with "like new" headlights
- Restores cloudy and dull lenses
- No power tools needed, so it can be completed easily by hand
- Restores cloudy and dull lenses
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A 5 step process that restores the clarity of yellowed, hazy, or dull headlight lenses. 3M Headlight Restoration Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound. No tools required. This kit can be used on trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle light and other plastic lenses. It will help to improve nighttime visibility and appearance of vehicle.
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3M Headlight Restoration Kit
- Kits contain masking tape, light sanding discs, wax protectant and more
- For use on plastic lenses – headlights, taillights, fog lights, directional lights and more
- 3M abrasive technology removes yellowing and buildup without damaging plastic lens surface
- Easy to use – choose a kit with no tools required, or for use with a common household drill
- Simple 4-step process lets you restore lenses in under an hour
- Save hundreds vs. replacing headlight lenses
This 3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit is a collection of professional-grade products assembled specifically for removing the cloudy, yellowed haze that builds up on automotive headlight lenses. Kits use a system of light abrasives to keep vehicles looking great and save money vs. replacing expensive lenses. They include complete directions, 3M Trizact sanding discs, pads, tape and polishes.
Restore Your Headlights Without Replacing Them
Rather than using ineffective solvents – or spending big on new headlight lenses – you can choose a 3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit. A complete system of light abrasives, polishes and protectants removes scratches, dirt and oxidization that can appear on your lenses, lowering your vehicle’s value and reducing safe driving visibility. You can choose a kit that lets you restore headlight lenses without tools. Or, with just a spray water bottle and a common household drill, you can use the full kit with a complete range of abrasive discs for sanding, finishing and refining to remove discoloration that can cause your headlights, tail lights, fog and directional lights to appear cloudy and yellow – for a fraction of the cost and time of buying and installing new lenses. Each kit includes everything you need to restore two headlight lenses.
How Does it Work?
The 3M Headlight Restoration Kit restores clear plastic lenses in a way that standard cleaners cannot. This convenient system requires just four simple steps. First, apply high-performance masking tape to the painted surfaces around the lens you are restoring (some kits include 3M Automotive Masking Tape). Use a progressive system of Trizact abrasive discs to remove yellowing, scratches, dirt, haze, and other material buildup on the plastic lens. With or without a common household drill, Hookit attachment system makes it easy – just slap the disc onto a pad, and you’re ready to go. A choice of Headlight Restoration Kits features 3M Scratch Remover or 3M Rubbing Compound to achieve maximum shine and clarity. Then, using a soft cloth, apply a light coating of 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant. Remove the masking tape, and you’re finished.
About Trizact Abrasives
The abrasive in 3M Trizact abrasive discs for headlight restoration is so fine that you can sand across the plastic lenses without worrying about creating scratches or other damaging marks. 3M Trizact abrasives feature microreplication – small 3-dimensional structures are reproduced and then uniformly distributed over the surface of the disc. These patterned, precise mineral structures contain multiple layers of abrasive mineral. As the structures wear, fresh, sharp mineral is exposed. The result is that the abrasive cuts faster, stays sharper longer and allows for precise finish control – it removes the yellowing, dirt buildup and small scratches that can cause haze, without damaging the lens itself.
Why Do You Need Headlight Restoration?
Today's vehicles have a greater number of plastic components, from plastic headlight lenses to motorcycle windshields, plastic tail lights, trailer lights and more. Plastic components are great for durability and reducing overall weight, but they 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. That is why it is important to correct hazy, dull headlights.
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Researched the many available restoration kits for several evenings. Decided on one which did not require an electric drill to power the abrasion pad.
Suddenly decided to run my 11 year old Prius through a car wash and because it was 71 degrees in western Oregon in early March - I parked in the shade and applied blue painter's tape around the headlight to protect the metal of the car.
Sort of read the directions as I went and I now have one incredibly newly clear headlight and one still to be done tomorrow.
Easy to do. Use various grades of abrasive circles stuck on a foam pad until you get to one that needs water sprayed on the lens and the pad. Last step is applying good old rubbing compound to remove remaining residue and any fine scratches and cloudiness. There is no last treatment to prevent UV damage and cloudiness. I was going to use automobile paste wax but it is not helpful. Considering that it took 11 years to get to such opaqueness... I would just rub some rubbing compound on the plastic a couple times a year to maintain them.
AMAZING. Now I want to get the car detailed. I am going to keep this classic, roomy, economical car for many more years.
As long as the headlights on not damaged on the inside of the lens, this process will sand off the oxidation and the scratches and produce lenses that look 90% new. However, the sanding process removes the UV protection. This means that the headlights will become foggy again much quicker without this protection. We have discovered a simple process that will extend the time before the headlights become foggy. Once you have finished sanding and cleaning the lenses and have them looking great, follow these steps.
Fold a Blue Shop Towel into a small square. Dip it in Mineral Spirits and squeeze out excess. Wipe a thin coat of Mineral Spirits on headlights with horizontal strokes.
Now dip another Blue Shop Towel in ½ Hellsman Indoor/Outdoor Clear Gloss Spar Urethane and ½ Mineral Spirits. Squeeze out excess. Using horizontal strokes, work overlapping coats of sealer onto lens. Don't drive for 30 minutes. This provides some great UV protection.
Here are all of the steps we have used with great success in restoring headlights:
STEPS FOR HEADLIGHT RESTORATION
1. Prop up hood
2. Put on mask and eye protection
3. Tape around headlights with two or three layers of paint tape
4. Clean headlights with Windex
5. Sand headlights with 500 grit sandpaper (brown) on drill. Don't stay in one spot for too long
6. Wipe off residue
7. Check to make sure tape is still good
8. Sand headlights with 800 grit sandpaper (white) on drill
9. Wipe off residue
10. Spray headlights with water
11. Wet sand with 1500 grit sandpaper on drill (this is the one you need to buy separately because it does not come with the kit)
12. Wet sand headlights with 3000 grit sandpaper (gray) on drill
13. Wipe off residue
14. Put dime size amount of Meguire's Compound on polishing pad on drill. Smooth compound around the headlight before turning on the drill. Polish the headlights to help remove remaining scratches.
15. Wipe headlights with cloth and Windex
16. Keep tape on, but clean around headlights to remove any splatters
17. Put on latex gloves
18. Dip Blue towel in Mineral Spirits and squeeze out excess. Put thin coat of Mineral Spirits on headlights.
19. Dip Blue towel in ½ Urethyne and ½ Mineral Spirits. Squeeze out excess. Using horizontal strokes, work overlapping coats of sealer onto lens. Minimize dust. No driving for 30 minutes.
20. Remove tape