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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
 
4.6

(based on 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (112)
  • Effective (79)
  • 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:
    • Budget shopper (47), Car owner (45), Midrange shopper (33), High-end shopper (9), Motorcycle owner (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (97)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Good Product but TAKE YOUR TIME!

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...Read complete review

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!

VS

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.

Reviewed by 147 customers

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5.0

Great Product

By 

from Poconos, PA

About Me Budget Shopper

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Works Effectively

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Headlights

    Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

    Great product. Was a little worried as I saw the headlight plastic being sanded, but as you perform each step the scratches get smaller and with the final compound step, looked brand new!!!!
    I used U POL Clear #1 UV Resistant clear coat as a UV protector and couldn't be more satisfied

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Clear as Crystal

    By 

    from Lebanon Indiana

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Results
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • Should Include More Paper

    Best Uses

      Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

      The headlights I worked on were large so I had to take my time and not use too much pressure so I didn't clog the paper and wear them out before the job was complete. Being I had to go slow as to not wear the paper out too soon it took me 3 hours apiece to perform all the steps, 2 dry sandings, 1 wet sanding, buffing then apply the sealer (not included in the kit). Sanding through the factory UV coating made it take longer. You have to keep watching for when you cut through the UV coating and remove it all or it's not going to look right unless you do. Just wish they included more sandpaper for those of us that have larger headlights! Second, I wish they offered JUST the sandpaper refills!!

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      5.0

      Well worth the money. Recommend to everyone

      By 

      from Central, OH

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Headlights

          Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

          Well worth the money. After trying several rubbing compounds and hand-sanding kits, nothing came close to the quality that this kit delivers. Highly recommended to everyone with headlights turning white/yellow on the outside. Instructions were easy to follow and only took 25 minutes to make headlights from a 14 year old car look brand new.

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          4.0

          Good Product for the Price

          By 

          from Mountain Top, PA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Works Effectively

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Automotive

            Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

            I've used this 3M product in the past. It works really well compared to the other products with the small abrasive papers that you have to manually use. This product requires a drill, which aids in the removal of the hazy build up. This isn't a permanent solution, as none of them are, but the last time I used the kit was in mid-2014 and it's now mid-2016 and the headlights are a bit cloudy again.

            The one drawback is there are at least a few more pointed transitions around the headlight corners. Since the attachments are round, this makes it difficult to get to those points without marring the paint. They actually recommend using painters tape to tape off the areas where the attachment can come into contact with your bodywork.

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            4.0

            LIKE NEW

            By 

            from Bethel CT

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Results
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Headlight Restoration

              Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

              Results exceeded my expectations

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              • Personal

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              5.0

              Works as advertised... but it takes time and preparation

              By 

              from North of Boston

              About Me Budget Shopper

              Pros

              • Works Effectively

              Cons

              • Moderately Hard To Use

              Best Uses

                Comments about 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System:

                This worked perfectly to restore a 2005 Kia Spectra lens that was dull yellow. Now it's literally like new... Crystal clear. To get these results takes preparation and a couple hours of patient work per lens. Have a drill, plenty of clean rags and some blue painters tape and a spray bottle for water. Follow the directions precisely. Read them at least once before you start then re read each step again. I used a gentle back and forth - about 3-4 seconds per horizontal movement across the lens, kind of like a car painter does with a spray nozzle. Moving down a half inch then going across and back again. etc.
                It took three gold 500 grid pads for one lens, then wipe the lens clean ... then two silver 500 grit pads (the kit should probably include six of these not four pads for two lenses)... then wipe the lens clean, then use the polishing pad with water and wipe the lens clean, then use the rubbing compound,, of which I used three to four times the amount suggested.. Then buff with a clean rag then use any automobile wax to seal it... Absolutely stunning results. But it took two hours for one lens.

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                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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                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.

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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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                      5.0

                      WOW*** it really worked !!

                      By 

                      from n/w ohio

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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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                          • 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

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                              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.

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                              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

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                              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

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                              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

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                              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

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                              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

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                              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

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                              A:

                              Did you use this on booth lenses?

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

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                              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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