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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ...VCbHK4ZVBK

Amazon has the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit on sale for $10.50. These retail for about $25 and are usually at least $15 on Amazon. As always, shipping will depend on if you have Prime.

These kits work pretty well for hazy or peeling headlights. They are infinitely better than the liquid only kits. I believe they used to come with a coarser grit to start, and it really needs it. The first step is 500 grit and should probably be more like 300 to help get the imperfections out; that being said, they will take headlights to almost clear in one application typically. They are well worth $10.

Note - A power drill is required to use this particular set.
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Do NOT use bugspray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYmbBZntuY8
im gonna send him my repair bill.. Smilie couldnt you sand it off right after or its too late ?

I just order a different kit yesterday but im planning on wet sanding as thats what most bmw guys do at bimmerpost
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Such a waste of time and money. Get a can of OFF! bug spray with DEET, spray it on your headlights, wait a minute, and wipe it off. Tada! Please send me half of whatever money I just saved you.
No this is a temp chem fix, doesn't last.

Added note. Powerful motor is not necessary and can cause more issues actually. You can go too fast because the heat will melt the plastic.

I've done my truck a few times over the years and my gf car a few months ago with this kit. Tried a few different motors Dewalt 20v works well but uses batteries. I have a 60 gal air comp and my air drill worked the best. Low rpms caused little to no heat build up and didn't lose power with the pressure refill.

Die grinder was too fast and caused burning. Had to go back with lower grit to remove the burn. Used a water bucket and a rag to keep the light cool and keep the sandpaper from clogging. My gf was very happy with the result and the brightness is a lot better
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My Family has an Auto repair shop in CT. We have the $650 3M professional kit. It composes of Air driven Dual action Sander (Sander disc of 600, 800, 1000, 3000 grit) and a Air driven polisher w/ polishing pads; Polish compound and protection wax....

The OP kit listed is simply a simplified version of the pro kit for use with a electric drill...In fact I have used a similar kit before myself (helping a neighbor with my cordless dewalt drill)

You do NOT remove your headlight....You simply mask off with bluetape or lowtack masking tape the areas adjacent to the headlight.

Using the Professional 3m Kit, 2 headlights in about 45min-1 hour.... Using the retail (OP listed kit) takes about 2 hours or so......

FYI the sealant UV protection is just wax....Says it last a year, but really just about 3-4 months....

If you have the time, get clear lacquer from the Autoparts store.....Mask off the areas with brown paper (paper grocery bags if your cheap) and apply 3 SUPER thin coats about 40 mins apart (@ 60-80 degrees indoor garage.....If your headslight appear white/opaque you spraying too much, But they SHOULD clear up)....They should dry to touch in 24hrs (your headlights should appear foggy, orange peel looking).....Wait 1 (dry weather) week and wet sand with 3000 grit sand paper, then reuse the Kit to polish to a crystal clear finish.....Headlights should be good to go for another 6-8 years.
where in ct ? im in stamford,
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Save your money. Wetsand with 2000 grit sandpaper and spray with 2k clear coat
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Better to just replace the headlights with after market headlights. Results are not consistent and varies due to RPM. IMO, not worth the time or effort.
Cool. Got a link to a cheap 2005 Saab 92x Aero headlight?
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After polishing it is recommended that you get some type of sealant to preserve the newly polished surface. I would recommend getting an urethane film (XPel or Clearbra). Alternatively you could get clearcoat applied such as Glasurit, Spies, Standox, etc. don't use cheap clear as they don't have UV inhibitors and will cause the lense to yellow.

Headlights from the factory have a hard coating to protect the lense but they wear off after 5 years if the car is parked outside daily with lots of sunlight exposure. These hard coatings are not available for purchase unless you are a supplier or manufacturer. AS3000, AS4000, or UHVH300 by momentive. With UVH requires high energy UV-A curing lamp to cure while the AS requires an oven to cure.

The best consumer alternative is as I suggested. I would personally go with the clearbra option. Don't bother with Ceramic coating they are expensive and don't last longer than 2-3 months on the headlights. It doesn't inhibit UV energy and will flake off because of that. If you don't believe me you can use the tape test.
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Is there any (good) evidence of a benefit beyond cosmetic to worrying about the headlight plastic's appearance?
Yes it actually diminishes the light output of the headlight when it's chipped and yellowed. And also reduces the value of your car.
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Is there any (good) evidence of a benefit beyond cosmetic to worrying about the headlight plastic's appearance?
80% of all cars on the road do not meet headlamp output requirements for highway safety...that's a lot of dull headlamps out there
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After polishing it is recommended that you get some type of sealant to preserve the newly polished surface. I would recommend getting an urethane film (XPel or Clearbra). Alternatively you could get clearcoat applied such as Glasurit, Spies, Standox, etc. don't use cheap clear as they don't have UV inhibitors and will cause the lense to yellow.

Headlights from the factory have a hard coating to protect the lense but they wear off after 5 years if the car is parked outside daily with lots of sunlight exposure. These hard coatings are not available for purchase unless you are a supplier or manufacturer. AS3000, AS4000, or UHVH300 by momentive. With UVH requires high energy UV-A curing lamp to cure while the AS requires an oven to cure.

The best consumer alternative is as I suggested. I would personally go with the clearbra option. Don't bother with Ceramic coating they are expensive and don't last longer than 2-3 months on the headlights. It doesn't inhibit UV energy and will flake off because of that. If you don't believe me you can use the tape test.
Do you have a link to a specific product at Amazon? Appreciate the film suggestion.
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I kept looking for UV sealant. I ended up using cheap clear coat from home Depot last time it looked fine but didn't last. 2k clear coat is a good recommendation. This time I sanded and painted most of my car, I went ahead and sanded my lights down with 400 grit after the paint job and clear coated both with a 2 part spray. A whole gallon + reducer is around $80-90 on eBay. I'm expecting it to last a long time. You'll have extra to recoat it in a few years or other cars you have instead of having to redo it so often. I'll sand 1500, 2500, then polish in a few weeks.

I imagine you can use deet to clean instead of sand, then scuff it up with 400 grit, spray clear coat.
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I ended up replacing my plastic lenses with glass. Glass lenses were about $60 shipped on eBay. You have to remove the headlights and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes and the glue releases so you can swap the lenses.

Imho this is the only permanent solution.
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This is an old way if doing it now. All you need is mother's mag wheel polish and a buffer or drill. Done in 1/10 the time. You're welcome. Check YouTube.
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If you live near a D,D's discount store better check them out before ordering this, I picked up 5 of them for $3 each about 3 months ago.
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That would only make sense if you were using the highest grain pads for sanding and or were removing a previous very thick layer of spray on protectant. Personally I haven't used this method (yet) but rather the hand wet sand method.

Starting with like 300 grit easily takes off the most old protectant and or damaged plastic. I'll sand until the plastic removed is the light tan color and not the yellowed damaged layer. I also like starting with this when hand sanding side to side to get some grooves to prevent the clear coat from dripping as easily when sprayed on. I then follow that up with a wet sand using 1000 and 2000 grit. Total sanding time per headlight is only around maybe 20 minutes but can be more or less depending.

Whichever method you choose be sure to mask off the area with masking tape, preferabbly painter's tape to protect your car's paint job. Also make sure to fully clean, let dry (possibly by wiping rubbing alcohol to remove any particles or grease), and then apply a UV clear coat spray to the headlight. Most say they won't yellow but do after several years and so you start the process over then. I mask off the area with painters tape and either a plastic tarp or couple of plastic garbage bags. Apply a thin layer side to side and then after 15 minutes or longer of drying apply another one to two layers covering the whole area. For best results do this in a ventalated garage or on a day that isn't very windy with pollen and or debris blowing around in the air.
reading this makes me want to return the product to Amazon and forget the whole idea lol
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reviews are reporting spending 2 hours per headlight
I spent 45-60 minutes each. Turned out great. I also bought a separate UV protectant spray after I finished. Before and After. [imgur.com]
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