Headlight Restoration Kit
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3M Headlight Restoration Kit

Part No. 39084 Warranty  
A five step process that restores the clarity of yellowed, hazy, or dull headlight lenses. Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound. No tools required.

Product Features:
  • No power tools needed
  • Restores cloudy and dull lenses
  • Can be used on trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle light and other plastic lenses
  • Helps improve nighttime visibility and appearance of vehicle
  • Contains 6 sanding discs, 4 finishing discs, 2 refining disc, 2-1 oz rubbing compound, and 1 foam pad
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Compatible Headlight Material(s):Plastic
Drill Required:No
Kit Contents:6 sanding discs, 4 finishing discs, 2 refining dis
Polishing Compound Included:Yes
Polishing Kit Type:Headlight
Polishing Wheel Included:Yes
Quantity Of Headlights Serviced Per Kit:2

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3MHeadlight Restoration Kit
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (30)
  • Effectively removes dirt & grime (20)
  • Safe to use (20)
  • Protects finish (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intensive detailing (8)
    • Anywhere-anytime (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (21), Auto enthusiast (13), Mechanic (4), Truck enthusiast (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    in a word..WOW

    after years of trying alllllll the "tricks" i could find..i stummbled on this product so i gave it a shot. cant discribe how awesome this stuff is. this stuff...Read complete review

    after years of trying alllllll the "tricks" i could find..i stummbled on this product so i gave it a shot. cant discribe how awesome this stuff is. this stuff made my 14 year old headlight lenses look brand new. truely amazed. new lenses are 200 bucks..each. this stuff..14 bucks. if ever needed i Will buy this again. dont spend more than you have to, this stuff WORKS GREAT. Buy This Product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Less than the Best

    Used this on my 13 year old Integra and only got my drivers side lights clear. Nothing breathtaking, but I was satisfied with the results and they've faded very little in the year since...Read complete review

    Used this on my 13 year old Integra and only got my drivers side lights clear. Nothing breathtaking, but I was satisfied with the results and they've faded very little in the year since I did the work. However, my passenger side, still remained hazy and yellow. I was not impressed, and I know it was not my fault, as I invested an hour+ on each side, scrubing until my forearm muscle would not allow me to move anymore. This year, I purchased a different kit, which produced much better results, in far less time, with less effort. And there was even enough material in this years kit to give to my parents and clean their headlights. I'm sure 3m is still a great brand, but if you're lights are anything more than mildly faded, I would consider spending the extra cash for a higher quality product.

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    5.0

    I would bye in future

    By Goldenboy

    from Dunbar, WV

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
    • Protects Finish
    • Safe To Use

    Cons

    • Takes 2 Hrs For 2 Lights

    Best Uses

      Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

      I just used it as per steps given. Excellent results.

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      5.0

      Worth every penny!!

      By 4G63T

      from Tampa,FL

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
      • Protects Finish
      • Safe To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

          I went into this not expecting to much.. but to my suprise WOW!! It's worth the money. I used on my 6 year old Mitsubishi, I followed the directions to the T. I did this parked next to my wifes with New 2014 and you can not tell the difference in her lens and mine. This product is amazing!! SPEND the extra money for this product.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice MANUAL kit - not for your drill

          By Jerry

          from Colorado

          Verified Buyer
          Level 1

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
          • Great Results
          • Protects Finish
          • Safe To Use

          Cons

          • Not For A Drill However

          Best Uses

            Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

            I just grabbed this after seeing another 3M kit. I soon realized that this particular kit does NOT attach to a drill. It is a manual kit only so you need to be a patient person. It will take longer than the kits that fit into your drill.

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            5.0

            Worth the price!!

            By The Dark Knight

            from Florence, SC

            About Me Truck Enthusiast

            Level 1

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere-Anytime

              Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

              Great product,easy to follow instructions. I do recommend doing xtra sanding time with the 500 and 800 grit sandpaper, it will pay off big time in the end.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really works!

              By Wildriverman

              from Belle Vernon, PA

              About Me Auto Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
              • Safe To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                  Used this on a 2002 Saturn LW200. I'd all but given up on clearing these lenses. When I drove the car at night I'd leave my hi beams on just to see. (Nobody noticed)
                  I tried other products before this one and they didn't work.
                  On the recommendation of "Sparky" at the Belle Vernon, PA store I purchased the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit that is used with a drill.
                  The directions were straightforward and I followed them exactly.
                  Masking turned out to be important as the drill can drift off the edges.
                  As stated in the directions, care at one step leads to better results with the next step.
                  Main thing is to read the directions and take your time.
                  The whole job took me less than an hour and my lenses were bad.
                  I'm extremely pleased with the results and I have enough material to probably do three more cars.
                  Highly recommend.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy It.

                  By skee

                  from newton, nc

                  About Me Casual Driver

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                      I've had foggy headlights on my 2000 ford taurus for quite some time. Today I spent an hour using this product on the original headlights. Headlights look practically new. SIMPLE KIT, SIMPLE WORK, FANTASTIC RESULTS! Couldn't be happier.

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                      4.0

                      It realy works

                      By intrepid dude 2002

                      from somerset ky

                      About Me Auto Enthusiast

                      Level 1

                      Pros

                      • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
                      • Protects Finish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Intensive Detailing

                        Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                        Works great for back to orignal clarity tried many liquid compounds nothing has worked like this product a little more work but results are worth it.

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                        4.0

                        Great Results

                        By Buick enthusiast

                        from Iowa

                        About Me High mileage driver

                        Verified Buyer
                        Level 1

                        Pros

                        • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Warm Day

                        Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                        The product came with good directions and sufficient product content to perform the job.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Product works great!

                        By Fanny

                        from Georgetown, Kentucky

                        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

                        Verified Buyer
                        Level 2

                        Pros

                        • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime
                        • Improves Visability

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Repair Old Headlights

                        Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                        My headlights were terrible - problems with night vision. I used this kit as directed and my headlights look like new! Definitely worth the price.

                        If you can read and follow directions - this is a repair you can do for yourself. I just wished I'd used it sooner.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Less than the Best

                        By johnny bravo

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

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                        Level 3

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:

                              Used this on my 13 year old Integra and only got my drivers side lights clear. Nothing breathtaking, but I was satisfied with the results and they've faded very little in the year since I did the work. However, my passenger side, still remained hazy and yellow. I was not impressed, and I know it was not my fault, as I invested an hour+ on each side, scrubing until my forearm muscle would not allow me to move anymore. This year, I purchased a different kit, which produced much better results, in far less time, with less effort. And there was even enough material in this years kit to give to my parents and clean their headlights. I'm sure 3m is still a great brand, but if you're lights are anything more than mildly faded, I would consider spending the extra cash for a higher quality product.

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                              • Q:

                                How long does the procedure take?
                                Asked on 5/14/2014 by Franny

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Good question, Franny! It took about 45 minutes to do each headlight.

                                  Answered on 5/14/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                              • Q:

                                Three questions - 1) how long does the whole process last for each headlight (approx)? 2) how long will the new finish last (approx)? and 3) if it gets dull again, could the same product be used to restore what was previously restored? Thanks.
                                Asked on 1/4/2014 by SonzTwin from Central FL

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Hi SonzTwin, good question! This will be dependent on many factors that vary greatly including; environment, altitude, lens material, lens design, surface coating, indoor or outdoor storage, and exposure to harsh car wash chemicals. We have seen headlights begin to oxidize as early as 10 months up to 2 or more years depending on the environment. This is a difficult question to answer accurately. The refinished lenses will likely yellow sooner than an equivalent OEM or aftermarket lens. However, in order to restore clarity to the lens, the degraded UV coating must be removed. The UV resistance will vary on refinished lenses based on environment, lens composition, and many other factors. Therefore it is difficult to estimate how much sooner a lens will yellow when compared to an OEM or aftermarket replacement lens. A lens can be refinished several times using the 3M Refinishing System. Most lenses are made of polycarbonate material that is 1/8” to a ¼” thick. We are only removing a small fraction, less than 1/32” in most cases, from the overall lens thickness.

                                  Answered on 1/8/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                              • Q:

                                wondering if this can be used in any weather, or if it has to be a minimum temperature? It is currently hovering around ZERO degrees ... looks like mainly sanding .. concerned about the polising part ..
                                Asked on 1/3/2014 by Brian from Wisconsin

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Hi Brian, great question! Yes, this headlight restoration kit can be used in any weather.

                                  Answered on 1/6/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                              • Q:

                                If my headlights are not that bad, slightly dull, do I have to follow all the steps? Can I skip some of the sanding steps?
                                Asked on 10/5/2013 by sly from Buffalo, NY

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Hi SLY, with reference to the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit (Part No. 39084), i would suggest you to follow all the steps to get good results. 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 10/7/2013 by Steve from AAP
                              • Q:

                                Want some information on how to use it.
                                Asked on 3/30/2012 by Anonymous from Lawton, mi

                                2 answers

                                • A:

                                  The answer from AAP is not correct. This headlight restoration kit, 3M 39084, is not designed to be used with a drill, but by manually sanding and polishing the headlight lens. It does have all the necessary components to implement the five step process.

                                  Answered on 6/1/2014 by NC State from Pittsburgh, PA
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                                  A:

                                  Instructions to use the restoration kit

                                  Mask painted area around the headlight to be restored using 3M masking tape.
                                  Place back-up pad from the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System in the drill. Put the soft interface pad on the back up pad, then sand surface of the plastic headlight with the gold, white and gray sandpaper discs.
                                  Remove the gray sandpaper disc and replace it with the orange polishing pad. Place a dime size amount of the lens polish on the surface of the pad. Wipe the compound over the surface of the lens. Using the drill, polish the surface of the plastic lens to a restored finish.
                                  Using water and a 3M Microfiber Detail Cloth, wash the surface of the headlight and any surrounding area that might have been splashed with the lens polish.
                                  Clean and polish the area surrounding the headlight with 3M One Step Cleaner Wax to restore luster and shine

                                  Answered on 4/2/2012 by Steve from AAP
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