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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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Yes it actually diminishes the light output of the headlight when it's chipped and yellowed. And also reduces the value of your car.
I've used these 3M kits to restore the headlights on at least 4 old cars over the years, and although the lenses never look as clear as they did brand new, the difference it makes in the overall appearance of the car is almost unbelievable.

Even my friend's old junky car that had an entire bumper held on with probably a full roll of duct tape (long story) looked shockingly better after I restored its frosted yellow lenses. The owner also told me afterward that she was amazed how much brighter they were on the road.

Frosted headlights make such a huge impact on the apparent age of a vehicle, but you can sand off 5 or 10 years in less than a couple hours for under $15. And obviously making a car look newer is going to increase its value. Every time I see a relatively nice car in a parking lot with frosted headlights, it drives me crazy (pun intended)... because I know how easy it is to make that car look brand new with one of these kits.

The other tacky but easy-to-fix thing I see all the time is stock steel rims. You can pick up a $20 set of plastic snap-on rim covers at War-Malt and make any junky car look infinitely better. For years, every day on my way to work I've walked past an old Toyota with exposed steel rims, and my eyes are instantly drawn to the hideous exposed black wheels. Every single time. I've very seriously contemplated buying a cheap set of covers for it and just popping them on one day as I walk by. I'm so curious what the owner would think when he saw them... laugh out loud
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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.
I bought the UV spray by Meguiars [amazon.com]. There is probably enough for 4-5 sets of headlights. I did 2 cars and plenty left.
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Doesn't look like this one comes with the protectant sealer.
I bought the Meguiars spray. [amazon.com]
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you'll want to make sure to reapply some type of UV protectant to the lens afterwards, otherwise your plastic will start deteriorating and getting hairline cracks eventually.

there's waxes and other temporary solutions for that, but you'll want to look for a more permanent/longer lasting solution. apparently Light Rite makes a thing, but they don't seem to be listed on Amazon (blasphemy!).

I want to do this process, but without having a long term UV solution in place this kit would be collecting dust in my garage as I'd be worried about doing more damage (long term) than good.
You are right. For me this product only lasted like 3 months. headlights are faded again.
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I bought the UV spray by Meguiars [amazon.com]. There is probably enough for 4-5 sets of headlights. I did 2 cars and plenty left.
How long have you done it and how often do you park in the sun? As with all other clear coat sprays, esp not 2k 2 part mix, I see mixed reviews. Hence why I just used an automotive clear coat 2 part on spray gun this time.
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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]
nice results!
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reading this makes me want to return the product to Amazon and forget the whole idea lol
Sorry lol, that wasn't my intent. Both ways accomplish the same thing, but take a little patience and time. Even if it doesn't turn out perfect if your headlights are yellowed now they will be much better afterward. My first time restoring mine they weren't perfect, but I learned and improved the next time around. That said I was still very happy with the results after the first time. You can do it!

I was hoping to post a few things I learned, not trying to discourage anyone from trying it.
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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.
I saw a vid on youtube just about a month ago showing this. Purchased the Mother's Mag Wheel Polish for $5 for 5 oz off Amazon, applied a layer with my fingers over the lights, let sit for 5 minutes and used my Porter-Cable 7424XP with the orange cutting pad to work it in for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Results are terrific and much better than using this 3M kit that I tried on a different car a year earlier.
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I used this kit a few months ago on my 2005 Kia Spectra. Very happy with the results. I used the Sylvania Headlight UV Clearcoat after I was done, so we'll see how it holds up. My main tip is to keep everything wet when sanding. This keeps the sandpaper from clogging up which makes the job go faster and your sandpaper last longer. I actually only had to used one piece of each grit because the water kept the paper flushed and cleaned. I just used a spray bottle full of water to occasionally spray on the surface. All said and done, from masking to UV coating (not counting UV coating dry time) probably took me a couple hours.

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With some masking tape you can do this with your hand, although it's a workout. no drill required. Probably won't do the best job... but i like using my hand because it allows me to constantly spray with water (lubricant) with my other hand.

FYI i think i remember seeing autobody shops charging $50+ to do this for you. and the kit will last about 3 tries.

Chrisfix has the best youtube video showing how to do this yourself
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Sam's club has a headlight restoration service for like $35 and it comes with a lifetime warranty. They use a UV cured top coat that has lasted extremely well. They mentioned if they ever start getting foggy again, bring them in and they will do it again under warranty.
Thanks. Had no idea they did this at Sam's Club. I'll take my old car over there, better than doing it myself for sure lol.
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Deet, drill attachment, and clear coat gets you about 2 years. If Sam's club does it for $35 and warrants it, that's your best bet. Clear is not simple to spray evenly on smooth plastic.
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Sam's club has a headlight restoration service for like $35 and it comes with a lifetime warranty. They use a UV cured top coat that has lasted extremely well. They mentioned if they ever start getting foggy again, bring them in and they will do it again under warranty.
repped! thank you for the heads up on this!
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Warning: I work on cars every day and this is only a temporary fix. Just like rust on a car hazy headlights will continue to discolor from the inside. The only permanent solution is a new headlight assembly
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Personally, I think you get better results when you sand by hand using a cross-hatch pattern while going up in grits, then use the drill for the compound and polishing.
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