Headlight Restoration System
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3M Headlight Restoration System

Part No. 39045  
Five step process that restores the clarity of yellowed, hazed, or dull headlight lenses and protects from debris. Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound, as well as protectant for lens and roll of tape to protect paint. For use with a drill.

Product Features:
  • Five step process that restores the clarity of yellowed, hazed, or dull headlight lenses and protects from debris.
  • Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound, as well as protestant for lens and roll of tape to protect paint. For use with a drill.
  • This five step process restores the clarity of yellowed, hazed, or dull headlight lenses.
  • May be used on most plastic lenses, including taillights, trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle lights and more
  • Utilizes the muscle power of a common household (1200-1600 rpm) drill to do all the necessary sanding and buffing.
  • System is intended to restore, clean and protect two headlight lenses
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Compatible Headlight Material(s):Plastic
Drill Required:Yes
Kit Contents:Sanding discs and polishing pad with compound, as
Polishing Compound Included:Yes
Polishing Kit Type:Lens Renewal
Polishing Wheel Included:No
Quantity Of Headlights Serviced Per Kit:2
Washable/Reusable Polishing Wheel:No

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3MLens Renewal Kit
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Effectively removes dirt & grime (8)
  • Safe to use (6)
  • Protects finish (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intensive detailing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (10), Auto enthusiast (3)

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    4.0

    Definately a worthwhile project!

    By TheMilesHome

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer
    3 or more reviews submitted

    Pros

    • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime

    Cons

    • A Bit Of Work Needed

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere-Anytime
    • Extreme Weather
    • Intensive Detailing

    Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

    Not the easiest project, but well worth the time and price. I used it in combination with changing the headlamps to Sylvania SilverStar TWIN Halogen Headlights. A 1/2 day project, but worth it. Be careful as you need a decent speed (check the instructions) hand drill to make it work as intended. I planned on using my Black and Decker cordless screwdriver but it fell way short of the RPMs for the cleaning, buffing and polishing phases. So I brought out the bigboy corded Black and Decker. I would absolutely recommend the hand rubbing treatment on the end and intermittently every every 4 or so months to keep it clean.

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    4.0

    It works great but does take time to do

    By Tigger

    from San Antonio Tx

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Messy
    • Takes time

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere-Anytime

    Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

    The only thing that could have helped was more of the rougher sandpaper. My light was half dull and half OK. It was hard to get the good part of the light sanded and I could have used more of the rougher sandpaper. It did take me 2 hours working hard but the result was work it.

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    5.0

    Really works!

    By Trying to be DA AutoGuy

    from Denver CO

    About Me Casual Driver

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

        This product is excellent and it is easy to use. However, it does take a lot of effort getting the results - tons of sanding. Be prepared to spend 2-3 hours at least (I now see why 3M offers a drill mounted version). Also, prepare to buy masking tape. Overall, despite the amount of time it took, the results were more than satisfying. A professional cleaning will cost you $100 or thereabout. This is about $20 plus 2 hours.

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        5.0

        Best headlight restoration kit ever

        By Val W

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Casual Driver, Mechanical Engineer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effectively Removes Dirt & Grime

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

            I've used headlight restoration kits that only involved a buffing pad and buffing compound to no avail. On my first try with this kit, I was able to get my crummy 2003 headlights looking like (almost) new. This product worked better than I ever imagined possible. I recommend this kit to anyone who can handle a drill and has an hour on his/her hands.

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            5.0

            Seeing is believing

            By Ghm380

            from MA

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer
            Helpful Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lenses Look Brand New

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                Would not have believed that my lenses that where solid white could look clear as glass again. This product is amazing. Give yourself about an hour to do two headlights.

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                (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely Amazing!

                By Chris

                from St. Louis Park, MN

                About Me Casual Driver

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                    I have been wanting to do something with my discolored headlight for a long time..With that statement you know I am one who typically shies away from "projects". To my amazement, this was an enjoyable process that does not qualify as a "project". Anyone could follow the step-by-step process and your headlight becomes new! I highly recommend this product!

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                    5.0

                    I can see at night again!!!

                    By majic12

                    from chicagoland,il

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                    Level 4

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Intensive Detailing

                      Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                      great product and worked amazing... my advice is to make sure you sand each stage as much as possible...the more you sand the clearer and easier the next stage is to complete...

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                      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AWESOME

                      By BOBBY C

                      from 20601

                      About Me Casual Driver

                      Verified Buyer
                      Helpful Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Safe To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                          used this product and have to say it WORKS as advertised.GREAT product, brought my 2001 and 2003 headlamps back to new condition my wife thought i purchased new lamps...notttt...thanks 3M

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                          (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Lee

                          from Pennsylvania

                          About Me Casual Driver

                          Verified Buyer
                          Level 2

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Very Clear Directions

                          Cons

                          • Somewhat Messy

                          Best Uses

                          • Weathered Headlights

                          Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                          I have to admit that, even after reading positive reviews, I was a sceptic. I got this for my son's very weathered Hyundai headlights. We followed the directions but were still a little unsure as step one made the headlights look terrible; so, we watched the YouTube video and were reassured that indeed the lights should look like they did. After completing the remainder of the steps, we stood back and admired the result: absolutely amazing. As my son said, "It makes the whole car look better!" All-in-all a great product. It is a little messy but not too bad and the results are worth the effort and mess. It probably took the better part of two hours but we worked slowly and took breaks.

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                          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          This one works!

                          By David

                          from Virginia

                          About Me Auto Enthusiast

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Takes Time To Do Right

                          Best Uses

                          • Before State Inspection

                          Comments about 3M Lens Renewal Kit:

                          If you want good results you can't rush this. Follow 3M's recommendation to clean the sanding dust off the lens & sanding pad frequently. I used a blow-off nozzle to do that. Make sure the surface is evenly hazed at each step - no scratches standing out. It looks scary until you get to the wet-pad standing - then the clarity returns. Too bad 3M does not sell the pads, discs, etc. as refills - you have to buy a whole new kit.

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                          • Q:

                            Will the headlight renewal products advertised n TV as effective as the more expensive lens renewal products such as 3M???
                            Asked on 6/16/2013 by LEON from Pikesville,Md.

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                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              This 3M Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant - part# 39045 when compared with the competitors, provides increased brightness to plastic lenses, this kit comes with everything you need to do the job. It will remove the hazy, yellow layer from lenses on trailers, snowmobiles, headlights/taillights, emergency vehicle light bars, plastic motorcycle lights and more. Increases your night time visibility and the appearance of your vehicle. Keeps lenses looking cleaner longer. 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 6/17/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                          • Q:

                            3M Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant, 4 Per Case

                            Why does it say 4 per case when the specs say that you can only restore 2 headlights with the kit? Is this a kit for a single car, and the 4 per case is irrelevant?
                            Asked on 4/19/2013 by Jacob the Inquisitive from Batesville, VA

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                              A:

                              The 3M Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant, 4 Per Case (Part No. 39045) can restore 2 to 4 headlights. It depends upon the lens size. 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 4/19/2013 by Steve from AAP
                          • Q:

                            Doea this product have any substance that will help prevent the lens from re-clouding. Sunscreen effect???
                            Asked on 7/10/2012 by todders from slo. ca

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                              A:

                              Yes, this 3M Lens Renewal Kit - part# 39045 should work fine for your apllication as it is 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. Increase your nighttime visibility and the appearance of your vehicle. Keep lenses looking cleaner longer. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representative there would be more than happy to assist you.

                              Answered on 7/11/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Yes, this 3M Lens Renewal Kit - part# 39045 should work fine for your apllication as it is 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. Increase your nighttime visibility and the appearance of your vehicle. Keep lenses looking cleaner longer. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representative there would be more than happy to assist you.

                              Answered on 7/11/2012 by Vincent from AAP
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