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  • Our research indicates that after the 2 merchants above, 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is $9.50 less (47.50% savings) than the best price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $20.
  • This 3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit is a collection of products assembled specifically for removing the cloudy, yellowed haze that builds up on automotive headlight lenses. Kits use a system of light abrasives to keep vehicles looking great.

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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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Just a head up, a powerful drill makes a big difference (preferably corded). Ideally you should remove the headlight housings or risk paint damage due to incidental contact (mask your bodywork a LOT). Finally, it's not magic — if you '98 Focus has been sitting in a field for a decade, there's only so much you can do.

Source: I've used this kit 6x with widely varying results and errors.
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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.
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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.
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Doesn't look like this one comes with the protectant sealer.
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Just a head up, a powerful drill makes a big difference (preferably corded). Ideally you should remove the headlight housings or risk paint damage due to incidental contact (mask your bodywork a LOT). Finally, it's not magic — if you '98 Focus has been sitting in a field for a decade, there's only so much you can do.

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Also $10.50 at Walmart
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Just a head up, a powerful drill makes a big difference (preferably corded). Ideally you should remove the headlight housings or risk paint damage due to incidental contact (mask your bodywork a LOT). Finally, it's not magic — if you '98 Focus has been sitting in a field for a decade, there's only so much you can do.

Source: I've used this kit 6x with widely varying results and errors.
I have done this way along with the other way with hand sanding and a random orbit polisher (with compound and polish). I prefer cordless because of the ease of use and I also have two batteries and a solid 18v rigid drill. It allows for variable speed much easier than the corded one I have. Plus the cord gets in the way too much.
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Seems like it's well reviewed
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Dont forget that if this is your first time polishing your headlights, you will be removing any of the original protective coating that remained. Last time I did this on my car I sprayed a few layers of rattle can clear coat on after and the lights are still fairly clear after a couple years.
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reviews are reporting spending 2 hours per headlight
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reviews are reporting spending 2 hours per headlight
I agree (maybe an hour minimum), at least if you want to do it right. I've spent less time, but ended up redoing them a year later.
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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.
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reviews are reporting spending 2 hours per headlight
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.
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I agree (maybe an hour minimum), at least if you want to do it right. I've spent less time, but ended up redoing them a year later.
I'm assuming you are referring to sanding an applying clear coat, because then an hour is easily the amount of time it will take per headlight.
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Doesn't look like this one comes with the protectant sealer.
3M 39008 comes with just wax.
3M 39045 comes with masking tape and a final "protectant" you apply at the (from what I read in reviews)
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