The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is a complete headlight polishing kit that removes scratches and yellowing from aged headlight lenses. This four-step, do-it-yourself polishing kit restores clarity to headlights and taillights to achieve optimum brightness. You'll see the road better and other drivers will see you better after you use the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System.
Plastic lenses can yellow with age, reducing headlight brightness. Dull headlights fail to illuminate as far as they should, meaning you're only seeing part of the picture. To improve your safety while driving, use the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System to restore yellow, oxidized headlights.
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System is a simple, four-step process that you can perform at home with no special tools. You only need a standard household drill. The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System saves you money. Most headlights can be restored well enough to avoid costly lens replacement, and there's no need to hire a professional. If you can operate a drill, you can polish headlights with the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System.
Use the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System to restore plastic lenses, including headlights, taillights, fog and directional lights. You'll need the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, an electric drill that operates from 1200-1600 rpm, a Microfiber Detailing Cloth, and a spray bottle filled with water.
Thanks to forum member Dalton B. for these excellent before and after shots.
Wipe off the headlight to remove any loose dirt. Tape off the surrounding paint with Scotch 233+ Premium Automotive Masking Tape.
Put the backing plate onto the drill. Press the yellow P500 grit disc against the backing plate. Use light to medium pressure and work back and forth to remove scratches and yellowing. When the disc is no longer effective, turn off the drill and attach a new P500 grit disc and continue working until defects are removed.
Next, attach the P800 grit white abrasive disc to remove scratches from previous step. Again, work with light to medium pressure After this step, the headlight should look frosted.
Apply P3000 Trizact™ Foam Disc. Mist the disc with a water bottle. Use light to medium pressure to sand the lens cover. You'll see a white slurry as you polish. Continue with 4-6 passes after the white slurry appears. Wipe the headlight lens with a Microfiber Detailing Cloth and inspect your work. Any remaining scratches should be very fine at this point. If not, repeat this step.
Attach the orange foam compounding pad. Dispense a dime size amount of 3M headlight lens polish onto the pad and spread over the lens with the machine turned off to avoid splatter. Polish the lens until the lens is clear and smooth. Wipe the lens clean with a Microfiber Detailing Cloth.
To protect your lenses from future oxidation, use Wolfgang Plastik Surface Sealant. The clear coating will guard against UV rays, moisture, and dirt.
Restore the appearance and function of your vehicle's headlights with the do-it-yourself 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System.
From prep time to clean up, total time was an 1 1/2 hr. I tried the Diamondite Spay in a can, however, it wasn't effective. The 3M system does not rely on chemicals but rather sanding the headlight lens. It brought the lens to 90% of the original condition.
Good for heavily discolored lens. Good price. Very good results.
labor intensive. They should include a small tube of compound instead of sample sized packet in the kit.
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Did a great job on my X5 4.8is
August 15, 2014
I tried 3 other products TW,wipe new , mothers,all didn't do the job I wanted.I used 3M ,I did the hard work and it really payed off.................crystal clear very happy .................looks like new.
crystal clear finish.......
alittle hard work pays off..............go for it.
3M Headlight Restorer
October 3, 2012
This product did a nice job on a 2008 Mazda 6.
Very pleased with this purchase.
April 10, 2012
This kit DOES work, however it takes a VERY long time. I did one lens on my car with this kit and wet-sanded the other by hand with 800/1500/2000 grit sand paper and then machine polished with rubbing compound/polishing compound. Both sides looked excellent when complete, but the headlight I did with the 3M kit took 3x as long. Save yourself some time and just wet-sand by hand and compound with your favorite machine polish after.
March 31, 2012
I have a 2004 BWM 530I and the headlight lenses were pretty bad. My friend gave me a kit that he had purchased that was just some liquid polish. He said it "worked great". My headlights just laughed when I applied it. I watched the video on the 3M site and decided to give this kit a try. It was hard work don't kid yourself. About two hours a lens. But it was well worth the time. The lenses look like new. I would recommend this kit to anyone with hazy lenses and is willing to put in the time to do it right.
June 11, 2011
Bought the turtle wax version first..LAME. This one rocks. My headlights on my 2001 530i were completely pitted and yellowed out,got this kit and now they look new. i HIGHLY recommend this kit if you have any skill at all. Its easy and the results surprised myself and my audience watching me do this. Took about 30 to 45 per light but they were in really bad shape. Totally worth the 20 bucks just wish you could buy more discs so i could do my friends cars with it. I only wish i had before and after shots now.
May 29, 2011
This kit made my very hazed lenses look like new! Was able to do four lenses with this kit. I did each one in about 30 to 45 min.
April 28, 2011
i absolutely love how my headlights look now! i have an 11 year old jeep grand cherokee that had alot of yellowing haziness to it...after using the 3m restoration kit twice on each lens its soo clear and i can see better at night..worth buying this!
December 31, 2010
Product worked better than expected. Headlights look as good as new without the cost. I also used this product to fix a badly scratched XBox 360 game by using the P3000 disc and the orange foam pad with compound. Game was scratched all the way around and now works like new...thank you 3M!
Great Lens Restoration
September 12, 2010
I used this kit on 10 year old headlights that I honestly thought would need replaced they were so cloudy. Much to my amazement, this 3m kit restored them to clear. I won't say they look new, but the improvement is amazing. I definitely recommend this kit.
March 2, 2010
the kit works great, the only problem I have it's not made for bigger lights,so by the time your getting to the 2nd light your almost out of sand paper. So now I have to buy ANOTHER kit to finish. When I order something I wanna complete the job.
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System
February 23, 2010
It works good but takes a little work when the headlight is in bad shape
December 5, 2009
This product does exactly what its supposed to do with minimal effort. I was done within an hour and the headlights on my BMW 330i looked brand new. It definitely saved me several hundred dollars it would have cost to replace the lens covers. I highly recommend this product to anyone thinking about replacing their headlight lens covers.
December 5, 2009
I used this product and was pleasently surprised. After I did the first sanding, I thought, uh oh, maybe I should have tried a different product without the drill involved. The first stage, you basically sand your lens till it looks the color of a milk carton and you can't see thru it. I followed the directions, step 2, then step 3, you can graadually see it coming back to life. All the yellowing was gone and lens was clear again, not as good as new, but clear. If i get right up to it and look, I can see some small scratches, but honestly I think if I would have sanded more on step 2 and then more on step 3, it would have been even better, but my back was hurting and I kind of rushed it. If I do it again, im going to use a stool. It took maybe and hour and a half for the whole process. I'm pleased with the results.
Easy and Effective
October 21, 2009
My Mom's 2001 Grand Cherokee has been the Guinea pig for at least 3 other headlight restoration systems but all the result were marginal. The 3M system actually restored the Lenses and did not just mask the problem. Money well spent!!!
October 6, 2009
This product is great..i've made my money back by doing a friends also.. just wish they were a way to get more of the trizact pads seperately. Great job 3m.. dealer was going to charge me 55 bucks.
May 12, 2009
I have tried two different lens cleaning products - this one is by far the best. Using the drill is much easier than a hand buffing scheme. Great product!
the go-to product!
April 28, 2009
after attempting to repair my wife's 2001 Allroad headlights with the Flitz headlight kit, I moved on to this product by 3M.
I should have purchased product first, don't let the price fool you, it is worth triple what you pay for it! The product is well thought out, the instructions are clear and there is a generous supply of materials to get the job done.
The product pulled off Hella's failed UV coating on the headlights with ease, it was like slicing through butter with a hot knife. The final results after using my headlight had surprised my wife into thinking that I had given up and purchased new headlights! The product is that good, it works so easily and efficiently and anyone could use and get amazing results to bring like new clarity to your dull and faded headlights. I am definitely referring this product to my friends and family.