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daveleone 958 353 September 9, 2016 at 09:51 AM in Automotive Tools (8) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 09-09-2016 by daisybeetle at 02:46 PM View Original Post
Amazon.com has great prices on 3M Headlight Kits when you checkout via subscribe & save and mail in $5 rebate. Shipping is free while subscribe & save is available. Thanks daveleone
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Edited September 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM by daisybeetle
Amazon.com [amazon.com] has 3M 39084 Headlight Restoration Kit on sale for $9.15 - $5 rebate [3mauto.com] = $4.15 when checking out via Subscribe & Save. Shipping is free.
Rebate valid 9/1/16-12/31/16. Rebate limit 1 per person, address, and request.

Other options available using same rebate form:

3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System [amazon.com] for $13.46 - $4 coupon (click the checkbox) - $5 rebate = $4.46 w/S&S.
3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit [amazon.com] for $15.66 - $5 rebate = $10.66 w/S&S. (choose Amazon.com from Other Sellers)
3M 39098 Headlight Restoration Kit with Tape and Protectant [amazon.com] for $20.15 - $4 coupon (click the checkbox) - $5 rebate = $11.15
3M 39045 Headlight Renewal Kit with Protectant [amazon.com] for $21.40 - $4 coupon (click the checkbox) - $5 rebate = $12.40 w/S&S.
3M 39165 Headlight Restoration Kit (Heavy Duty Drill) [amazon.com] for $22.52 - $5 rebate = $17.52
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Last Edited by green_key September 9, 2016 at 01:43 PM
alternative. info, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM
clear coat for plastic headlight with uv protection, longer protection: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002BWOS5I/
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From one of the reviews,

On Amazon, there were three 3M kits listed, the 39008, the 39014, and 39045 for approx $17, $18, and $24 respectively, all with great reviews. I couldn't for the life of me figure out the difference int he kits, so I went with the cheapest, the 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System. Well, now I know the difference. ALL the kits include:
1 - 3M drill backing plate
4 - P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 - P500 grit yellow discs
1 - P3000 Trizact foam disc
1 - Orange foam compounding pad
1 - 1 oz. 3M headlight lens polish sample

- The 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit includes all the above plus:
1 - 3M Masking Tape PN 0000 25 ft.

- The 3M 39045 Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant includes all of the above plus:
1 - Container of protectant formula
As someone else mentioned, if your headlights are cheap to replace, just replace them, far easier in terms of time/labor. Yukon XL was only $150 for two lights, so replace rather than 'fix'.

If you have really expensive headlights (lexus/benz/etc...) then dehazing and sealing them is the way to go. But before you do this, you have to know WHAT it is these kits are doing.

most headlights come with UV inhibitors or a sealant/plastic coating that resists UV. when that coating wears away, the plastic underneath reacts to UV and yellows. Usually that's only surface deep depending on how long it's been beaten by UV. These abrasive kits merely sand away the broken down plastic surface that's yellow so you see the clear plastic underneath that hasn't been UV altered yet. The 'sealants' that many tout are only topical like a car wax. A few washes or rains and it's gone. The best way is to sand it down (whether by wet sanding with 800 or using a system like this, it's your choice), then to clearcoat the lens with a clear coat that has UV inhibitors in it. btw, this method also doesn't require you to 'buff' the lens to a clear shine before clear coating it. the clear coat actually fills the slight scratches (better bonding for the clear too) and becomes crystal clear.

There are a few youtubes of this method online. It's the long term method to keep yellow away longer. These so called liquid 'sealants' aren't up to snuff for long term use unless you constantly re-apply. It's like the different between wearing sunblock at the beach, or wearing a heavy UV rated rashguard shirt.

If you have heavy oxidation/yellowing, get a system with the drill attachment, the manual hand rubbing takes so much longer. I highly suggest pulling the light out before working on it or else you'll be sanding off a lot of clear coat on the fender paint (especially if you use a drill). Otherwise, you must mask it with tape and paper (might as well if you're spraying clear coat). the blue painters tape is very good. Make sure you don't have any wax or silicone in your wet sanding water or the clear won't take/stick and you'll get cracking. Likewise if you do this when it's very cold out. Too hot and the clear may be hazy.

I've done this a number of times, and our detailers use this method at the used car dealer that I'm part owner of. When we tell clients why we do it this way, they're very wary of buying from other dealers who only 'buff' the lenses and have the assembly yellow again in a few months of TX sun.
By Macgyver, price for toothpaste and sealer > than this deal

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Just use some basic toothpaste and a firm toothbrush and it will work better than these kits and cost less. Apply some sealer after you restore them and you're good to go. Just search YouTube and you'll find some videos.
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Quote from scsiguru View Post :
Just use some basic toothpaste and a firm toothbrush and it will work better than these kits and cost less. Apply some sealer after you restore them and you're good to go. Just search YouTube and you'll find some videos.

By Macgyver, price for toothpaste and sealer > than this deal
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this requires way too much work
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What's the difference between the different kits? The comparison tool I found on the 3M website doesn't help.

It looks to me like some kits are designed to be used with a power drill, others with no tools, one has a 4-step process, another a 5-step process...

Can anybody help a complete rookie?
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Do yourself a favor and just buy new headlights if its a half-decent car. Once you use this, you have to use it every few months or it just goes hazy again. $100 for new headlights and 2 years later they are still crystal clear.
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Quote from Walke2jd View Post :
Do yourself a favor and just buy new headlights if its a half-decent car. Once you use this, you have to use it every few months or it just goes hazy again. $100 for new headlights and 2 years later they are still crystal clear.
Agreed Smilie
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Quote from Walke2jd View Post :
Do yourself a favor and just buy new headlights if its a half-decent car. Once you use this, you have to use it every few months or it just goes hazy again. $100 for new headlights and 2 years later they are still crystal clear.
if they cost 100. i have a VW and they want to charge you that times 2 plus like 3 hours to put them in because you need to remove the bumper to get to the bolts.


i did use the cheapest one on an altima i used to have. 4 years later it was getting foggy. but i bout an upgraded one for the vw and 8 months later it was hazzy again. so they used to work. they probably changed the formula or something.
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From one of the reviews,

On Amazon, there were three 3M kits listed, the 39008, the 39014, and 39045 for approx $17, $18, and $24 respectively, all with great reviews. I couldn't for the life of me figure out the difference int he kits, so I went with the cheapest, the 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System. Well, now I know the difference. ALL the kits include:
1 - 3M drill backing plate
4 - P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 - P500 grit yellow discs
1 - P3000 Trizact foam disc
1 - Orange foam compounding pad
1 - 1 oz. 3M headlight lens polish sample

- The 3M 39014 Lens Renewal Kit includes all the above plus:
1 - 3M Masking Tape PN 0000 25 ft.

- The 3M 39045 Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant includes all of the above plus:
1 - Container of protectant formula


Quote from mousemanb View Post :
What's the difference between the different kits? The comparison tool I found on the 3M website doesn't help.

It looks to me like some kits are designed to be used with a power drill, others with no tools, one has a 4-step process, another a 5-step process...

Can anybody help a complete rookie?
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Quote from themisfit1222 View Post :
if they cost 100. i have a VW and they want to charge you that times 2 plus like 3 hours to put them in because you need to remove the bumper to get to the bolts.


i did use the cheapest one on an altima i used to have. 4 years later it was getting foggy. but i bout an upgraded one for the vw and 8 months later it was hazzy again. so they used to work. they probably changed the formula or something.
Obviously YMMV on headlight replacement. Mine were for a Saturn and took my all of 20 minutes to swap myself, including getting them leveled correctly.

I also own a Nissan Leaf and those giant headlights would be like $700 to replace, so I am making sure to take care of them so they don't haze on me.
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Quote from themisfit1222 View Post :
if they cost 100. i have a VW and they want to charge you that times 2 plus like 3 hours to put them in because you need to remove the bumper to get to the bolts.
Truth. My headlight assemblies are $1200 each to replace, not including labor. Restore is the way to go for me for sure!
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39008 (Model with the Drill backing plate) has a $4 coupon as well. On top of it you can get a S&S discount too. With 15% S&S and No Tax, Paid $9.46 - $5 = $4.46 Only.

Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal: $15.84
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Subscribe & Save: -$2.38
Your Coupon Savings: -$4.00
Total before tax: $9.46
Estimated tax to be collected: $0.00
Grand Total: -$9.46
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Quote from scsiguru View Post :
Just use some basic toothpaste and a firm toothbrush and it will work better than these kits and cost less. Apply some sealer after you restore them and you're good to go. Just search YouTube and you'll find some videos.
Quote from notnyhottie88 View Post :
By Macgyver, price for toothpaste and sealer > than this deal
What kind of sealer are you talking about?
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