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3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

Part No. 39008 Warranty Details  
Four step process that restores the clarity of yellowed, hazed, or dull headlight lenses. Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound. For use with a drill.

Product Features:
  • For use on headlights, taillights, fog, and directional lights
  • Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound
  • For use with a drill
  • Saves $100s versus purchasing a new headlight
  • Improves the appearance of a car - with "like new" headlights
  • Simple, four, step process
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Compatible Headlight Material(s):Plastic
Drill Required:Yes
Kit Contents:(1) disc pad holder, (1) 3M soft interface pad, (6
Polishing Kit Type:Headlight
Quantity Of Headlights Serviced Per Kit:2

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3MHeadlight Lens Restoration System
 
4.5

(based on 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (108)
  • Effective (74)
  • Effectively removes dirt & grime (29)
  • Well built / quality (29)
  • Safe to use (24)

Cons

  • Messy (6)
  • Hard to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Intensive detailing (18)
  • Anywhere-anytime (11)
  • Coastal elements (4)
  • Extreme weather (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Car owner (45), Budget shopper (44), Midrange shopper (30), High-end shopper (9), Motorcycle owner (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (91)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Revived my ugly old headlights

2001 Mitsubishi Spyder GT headlights were in bad shape. The process works but there's a modest learning curve. It was a challenge to know if I was doing each step exactly right. My...Read complete review

2001 Mitsubishi Spyder GT headlights were in bad shape. The process works but there's a modest learning curve. It was a challenge to know if I was doing each step exactly right. My lights were heavily oxidized, if ever encountered again I'd go a little longer sanding with 500 grit. I'd use a large Halogen work light next time to help see remaining scratches, rather than turning on the headlights. Although turning on the headlights did help me see remaining scratches. New headlights would have cost between $100 and $150 and the results I got with this kit was much better than the cost of the kit. It took me about an hour per headlight. I did both lights at the same time, complete each step on each light, then move to the next step. This enabled me to compare the two lights so I could make sure they matched close enough. This kit is a high value item for any DIYer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not total satisfatory

This is not easy to use, need to handle it with extreme care.
It does remove the yellowed cover on my headlight, but after the treatment, the headlight is not as...Read complete review

This is not easy to use, need to handle it with extreme care.
It does remove the yellowed cover on my headlight, but after the treatment, the headlight is not as polished as it advertised.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great sanding/polishing kit, but NO UV Protection!

By 

from CT

About Me Midrange Shopper

Level 1

Pros

  • Drill Driven Sanding Pads

Cons

  • No Uv Protectant Coating

Best Uses

  • Heavily Clouded Lenses

Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

The drill motor driven sanding adaptor and corresponding sandpaper let this kit chew through heavily clouded lenses quickly without wearing out your shoulder and gets the light looking like new.

The fatal flaw is that the kit DOES NOT INCLUDE any spray on UV protective coating once you get the lens restored! THAT IS A FATAL FLAW! In short order your lenses will be looking as bad as when you started. I was forced to go buy a second kit that did include the spray on UV protection.

Remember, your lens originally had a thin UV protective coating on it and it will be readily apparent when you start the sanding process when you've eaten through the cloudy UV coating down to the unprotected plastic. Without replacing this coating your unprotected lenses will cloud extremely quickly.

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  • Personal

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5.0

WOW!

By 

from Lynchburg, VA

About Me Budget Shopper

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction
  • Stores Easily
  • Works Effectively

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

      I watched the YouTube videos of this product in action, and tried it out. It works, and took me less than an hour to go both my lights.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Saved me time & $$$$

      By 

      from Long Branch, NJ

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Pros

      • Clear Instructions
      • Easy To Use
      • Price
      • Works Effectively

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

        Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

        I used this on a 2002 Ford Escape that had dulled headlight and fog light lens. The results were excellent! Will it make them look brand new? That depends on the condition of your lens; in my case, they look very close to brand new and my night-time illumination has increased significantly!

        I used a Ryobi P250 drill, I had to recharge battery once. An electric drill would be better if you want to complete it without a pause.

        Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, i've already recommended it to several friends.
        You will also need blue painters tape as stated in the instructions to protect areas surrounding the lens.

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        • Personal

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW*** it really worked !!

        By 

        from n/w ohio

        About Me Budget Shopper

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        Level 4

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

            this stuff was referred to me by a friend , and he was correct. it really worked! my headlights were really bad and I spent about 1 1/2 hours on the first one and about 45 mins. on the other. both look very very good. it's not going to make them as new but close. awesome product.

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            • Personal

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Thorough Product - Excellent Results

            By 

            from Western Massachusetts

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Pros

            • Good Instructions
            • Good Quality
            • Great results
            • Quality Construction
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

            • Long Process
            • Tedious

            Best Uses

              Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

              I usually don't write reviews, but this products gives excellent results. The process is long, tedious, and annoying, but it's easy. Make sure you have a drill that spins between 1200-1600 rpm. Faster is not better. Use light pressure, and take your time. The more time you spend on the first pad, the better the result. Also, try to get your money's worth with the pads and use them until they are smooth, clean them often to make them last. I've done this on two vehicles so far, and both had terribly oxidized headlights that looked like condensation on a window. I was very thorough with the P500 and P800, and the results were astonishing. I couldn't believe how good and clear the headlights looked! They look brand new. I haven't tried any other products, and this is a bit more expensive than the others, but it is worth it! Let me tell you, it's worth it!

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              • Personal

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              (9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Product. Worked nicely.

              By 

              from New York

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                  I tried the Meguires kit first and after a disapointing result, I bought this 3M kit.

                  The 3M kit is much easier to use and the result was excellent. I spent about 45 minutes per light. One is perfect and one will require just a little more elbow grease once the weather gets nicer!

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                  (12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Revived my ugly old headlights

                  By 

                  from Bedford, IN

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • High Value
                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                  • Learning Curve

                  Best Uses

                  • Old Car

                  Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                  2001 Mitsubishi Spyder GT headlights were in bad shape. The process works but there's a modest learning curve. It was a challenge to know if I was doing each step exactly right. My lights were heavily oxidized, if ever encountered again I'd go a little longer sanding with 500 grit. I'd use a large Halogen work light next time to help see remaining scratches, rather than turning on the headlights. Although turning on the headlights did help me see remaining scratches. New headlights would have cost between $100 and $150 and the results I got with this kit was much better than the cost of the kit. It took me about an hour per headlight. I did both lights at the same time, complete each step on each light, then move to the next step. This enabled me to compare the two lights so I could make sure they matched close enough. This kit is a high value item for any DIYer.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great product

                  By 

                  from Chicago, il

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Construction
                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                      Works good, now my yellowing headlight looks brand new

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                      • Personal

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                      (14 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Good Product but TAKE YOUR TIME!

                      By 

                      from Monroe, NJ

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Level 2

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Instructions
                      • Works Effectively

                      Cons

                      • More 500 Grits

                      Best Uses

                      • Old Yellowed Headlights

                      Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                      I have spent too much money on "gimmick" products that promised "wipe on and wipe off and it will look like new." Nothing worked. You can see by the pictures I attached, my 2003 Jeep Cherokee headlights were in horrible shape. After doing some research, I found this 3M product online which had nothing but great reviews. Decided to give it a try and it worked GREAT. I have never tried a product like this.

                      Here are some key points that you should follow for results like mine.
                      Just so you know, the sanding disk attach by Velcro onto the wheel. Take the grey 3000 grit disk off first (it comes attached in the package).

                      1. Allow about 60 to 90 minutes
                      2. Take your time!
                      3. Keep the sanding disks clean by using a toothbrush every 2 to 3 minutes
                      4. Wipe the headlight every 2 to 3 minutes with a cloth.
                      5. Keep at it with each step. Extra sanding during the 1st 3 steps will get you better results.
                      6. Did I mention take your time?

                      I am posting this same review on 3M's website. I never write reviews but this time, I just had to.
                      This product really worked!

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                      • Personal

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                      (9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      GREAT RESULTS

                      By 

                      from LONG ISLAND,NY

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Buyer
                      Level 2

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Works Effectively

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Automotive Headlamps

                        Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                        FOLLOWED THE INCLUDED INSTRUCTIONS AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE RESULTS.THE LENSES LOOKED LIKE NEW AFTER COMPLETION.

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                        • Personal

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                        • Q:

                          Would I need any plast X polish after i use this product
                          Asked on 3/14/2013 by LLUMAR2004

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            No, you will not need any plast X polish after you use this 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System - part# 39008. It takes just a few steps to restore a pair of cloudy, foggy headlights with the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System. Start with washing the lens with soap and water, tape the outer area and start sanding to remove any defects. Then polish the lens with the compound and finish it off by wiping with a towel. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 3/15/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          How does this product differ from the 3M Headlight Lens Renewal Kit? Also, at what temperatures can you apply this?
                          Asked on 12/29/2012 by RB

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            The basic difference between the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System - Part No. 39008 and the 3M Lens Renewal Kit, 39014 - Part No. 39014 is only the process. The former involves 5 steps of masking, sandpaper polishing, soft polishing, water washing and cleaning/polishing. The latter needs only 4 steps of masking, sanding, polishing and cleaning. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto store and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 12/31/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Will a 1000 rpm drill be adequete ? I believe 1200 rpm is recommended.
                          Asked on 7/27/2012 by BB from Jenison, Mi.

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            This 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System(Part No. 39008) Kit includes sanding discs and polishing pad with compound; meant for use with a household drill (sold separately). 1200-1600 rpm is recommended. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 7/27/2012 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          If I put 3M protective film on the lens following cleaning will the repair be permanent? If I spray clear coat (automotive paint finish) on the lens following repair will the repair be permanent?
                          Asked on 6/1/2012 by Anonymous

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            No, I am sorry. This 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System (Part No. 39008) is not a permanent fix for a headlight restoration. For any further assistance please feel free to call 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 6/2/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                          • A:

                            Since "John the Car-Doc" can't read... If you want the restoration to last you will need to put some kind of protective coating on the lenses. Automotive clear coat should work very well, and last even longer if you regularly wax the lenses with a quality UV protective wax also.

                            Answered on 8/6/2012 by Nickname from Location
                        • Q:

                          does this product remove scaley oxidation
                          Asked on 8/29/2011 by chuck from broken arrow, OK

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes, this should work fine on your application.

                            Answered on 8/30/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                          • A:

                            If used correctly, dry sand the 500 grit on the lens, clean, and repeat 2 more times, and do the same 3 times with 800 and 3000 grit sanding discs, then follow with the compound 3 times, you will get the clear lens as advertised. I do recommend following the compound with a glaze, and 3m ultra finishing paste all with the same orange pad. I also use a good sealant after completed just to keep the lens cleaner longer. This process will give you crystal clear lens that look brand new. NOT EXAGGERATING HERE. I clean headlights for a living and use this product on a regular basis. Of course I buy each different product in bulk, but the same products.

                            Answered on 11/20/2011 by DAN THE WASH MAN from HOUSTON, TX
                        • Q:

                          potective coating included to help avoid future damage ?
                          Asked on 5/28/2011 by Anonymous

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes, it protects and reduces scratches.

                            Answered on 5/31/2011 by Just Ask Jacob! from AAP
                          • A:

                            NO, a protective coating is not included in the kit. Any paint sealant will extend the life of the plastic lens.

                            Answered on 11/20/2011 by DAN THE WASH MAN from HOUSTON, TX
                        • Q:

                          how many lens does one kit clean?
                          Asked on 2/28/2011 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            You can able to clean two cars with one kit. Obviously this will depend on the condition of your headlights. Large or extremely hazed lenses may
                            require more than one kit.

                            Answered on 5/12/2011 by Just Ask Jacob! from AAP
                        • Q:

                          does it have a motor to buff with, or do you use a drill or what
                          Asked on 12/20/2010 by bob c from columbus oh

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            As shown in the instructional video that shows up on the same page as this product. You need to use a drill.

                            Answered on 12/20/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Are there different kinds of plastic lenses. I have a 1997 f150 and a 2000 cavalier the lenses are crystal clear on the cavalier but the f150 is cloudy. Different plastics?
                          Asked on 11/24/2010 by Anonymous

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Did you use this on booth lenses?

                            Answered on 11/24/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                          • VERIFIED BUYER

                            A:

                            That must be it. Our 1998 Chrysler Town&Country van lenses were very bad, making our low-beams almost useless. Friends & neighbors with other Chrysler vehicles had similar stories. Yet plenty of other older vehicles of other makes in the same neighborhood look fine.

                            Answered on 12/1/2010 by MickeyD from Atlanta, GA
                        • Q:

                          My headlights are thoroughly sun-damaged. Would this produnct work for something like that?
                          Asked on 11/13/2010 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It may depending on how bad the damage is to your lights.

                            Answered on 11/16/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
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