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3M Headlight Lens Restoration System - 39008

Restore dull headlights like a professional!

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.The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration Kit works with a drill to restore yellow, cloudy headlight lenses.

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.

The 3M Headlight Kit was used to restore this rear lens cover with outstanding results!
Thanks to forum member Dalton B. for these excellent before and after shots.

  1. Wipe off the headlight to remove any loose dirt. Tape off the surrounding paint with Scotch 233+ Premium Automotive Masking Tape.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Kit includes:
3M backing plate
4 P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 P500 grit yellow discs
P3000 Trizact™ foam disc
Orange foam compounding pad
1 oz. 3M Headlight Lens Polish Sample

3M Headlight Lens Restoration System - 39008

Our Price: $19.99
Item ID: 3M-39008
Availability: Usually ships the same business day
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3M Headlight Lens Restoration System - 39008
4.5 Stars based on 23 Review(s)
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

In our opinion very good kit using buffer
January 3, 2017
Included various strength sanding-grit discs are very effective. Buffing discs have an "extra" thickness. Whole process can take around 30 minutes to an hour, or maybe more if you are inexperienced with the power drill. But nevertheless you will save hundreds of dollars with no need to replace your foggy headlights with new ones. Our whole review: https://www.helpful.reviews/en/product/8/3M-39008-headlight-lens-restoration-system-review
powerdrill friendly extra thickness of buffing discs can take around 30 minutes if you are experienced with power drill
not so easy for inexperienced power drill users

Joe S.
washington DC
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Lo and behold! It's clear again.
July 3, 2015
I had some foggy spots on my headlight lens cover, so I bought this kit hoping I wouldn't have to use all of the sanding disc steps. 2 reasons why: I didn't THINK I had a bad problem with cloudiness, but after I taped off the area surrounding my headlights and got a good look at them I realized the problem was worse than I first thought. 2nd reason: I have never sanded anything before on my car, and the thought of it scared me. So I started the sanding steps and the first sand completely obstructed my ability to see my headlights; they turned completely cloudy. This scared the hell out of me. I continued with the process and it got clearer and clearer as I progressed. When I got to the last step, which was the compound stage, my headlight covers looked as if they were brand new! Follow the steps and you will be happy at the end!
This is a excellent process that anyone can follow, all you need is a drill and the ability to follow instructions.
I wish they had included one more pad that is used in the final sanding stage. You only get one, and you have to do both headlights with it.

Russ Neimy
Charleston, SC
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Shines Like a Champ
June 3, 2015
Wow -- that's the word I'd use for the entire experience. Autogeek delivered quickly and the 3M Headlight Restoration System works like a champ. Took me less than an hour to turn VERY yellow lens back into crystal clear perfection. Love it...
Works as described -- better actually
Can't remember if they said to wear a facemask while sanding - but you should. It kicks up a lot of plastic dust particles which can't be good for you :)

Port Washington, WI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great product for restoring really bad headlights
December 31, 2014
I used this on a set of headlights with over 180,000 miles, with heavy hazing/yellowing. Because of the local weather, I made this job harder on myself by removing the assemblies and doing the work in my basement instead of my 15 degree garage. Ideally I would have done this as recommended on the vehicle. The directions included are easy to follow and provide useful photos of expected results. As I worked through the steps I at first thought I was making things worse (and in a way you kinda are) but I could see that I was more or less doing it correctly. The wet sanding step is where you really start to see an improvement, and the buffing step was where you start to be impressed. After finishing the steps my headlights look (and feel!) many times better and the light output has improved dramatically without changing bulbs. My only complaint is that the final step is rather aggressive and leaves swirls/marring in the plastic, which you can see in my 'after' photo. The next time I restore a set, which will be my wife's car, I will add a polishing step in between. I didn't take any stars off for this because I think it is a 'restoration system' and wasn't really intended to be a finishing product. Also, for this particular set of headlights, there is some hazing on the inside which can't be fixed without opening the assembly which I am not going to do. Overall this is a great way to bring back severely hazed headlights without the expense of replacing them. Personally I did find the included sample packet of 3M rubbing compound to be more than enough. In fact, I still have some left in the packet. I found that just like with other detailing compounds, once the pad is saturated sufficiently it doesn't take much to keep it going. I did burn through all of the #800 discs, however, which are fewer in count that the #500. I bought a refill kit locally and it included another packet of rubbing compound, so I'm not concerned about buying more.
Easy to use, helpful instructions, works as expected
Additional products needed to restore to a true 'like-new' finish

Brian H
Brockton, MA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Worked Great
October 3, 2014
I was apprehensive about 'sanding' my headlight cover, but this system worked as well as I had hoped. The steps were clear and the video on Autogeek made it easy for this non-bodywork kinda guy to clear up a lens cover that was pretty bad ('05 Saab). The car has a fairly large lens cover and this set came with enough materials to do both sides completely. It may not be the quick and easy method (I tried toothpaste, bug repelant, and every other home remedy on the web) but it is the most effective and longest lasting. Spend the few extra bucks, it is worth it.
Easy to use, all parts included except drill
Polish pouch could be resealable

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

3M Headlight Lens Restoration System
September 25, 2014
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.

Don x5
5 Stars
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.

5 Stars

3M Headlight Restorer
October 3, 2012
This product did a nice job on a 2008 Mazda 6. Very pleased with this purchase.

3 Stars

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.

5 Stars

Unbelievable Results
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.

Tim Russell
5 Stars

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.

Dan J.
5 Stars

Works Great!
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.

5 Stars

amazing results!
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!

5 Stars

Outstanding product
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!

5 Stars

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.

Joe Doe
4 Stars

it works!
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.

Jim Hodge
4 Stars

3M Headlight Lens Restoration System
February 23, 2010
It works good but takes a little work when the headlight is in bad shape

Satisfied Customer
5 Stars

Awesome Product
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.

4 Stars

lens fix
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.

Unkl Tony
5 Stars

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!!!

chris christmas
5 Stars

3m fixer
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.

Dennis Ruch
5 Stars

New Look
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!

5 Stars

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.