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66 of 66 found the following review helpful:
3M lens magic Jan 22, 2012
By C. Tone
I have purchased many different items over the years to polish the headlights on my 2002 Jetta. And I have been able to polish to a point but never got that new look, and there was plenty of elbow grease used with those product.
But results were always the same, lack luster.
Got this product a couple weeks back and had been waiting for a warm day. This is a small package and was curious what was inside that would make the results possible that I was looking for. Opened it up and and had varies sanding pads and polish units with compond and polish. The difference that this has is the needed sand paper to start the polishing of the headlights.
All of the componds that say that you just put on a cloth and polish with your hands will do little or nothing to clean the headlights. I know, I have tried them and they are all sitting out in the garage.
You need to sand the old plastic of your headlights off, and slowly use the next finer grit of sandpaper to slowly polish the plastic back to a new status. They say that this is a quick process but I would take a little extra time than usual to polish at each stage.
At first I thought I had just destroyed my headlights and was thinking that I would be having to buy brand new when you see the first sanding stage. But went to the second stage and you can start to see it slowly working. But still take the time to move slowly back and forth.
Once I got to the 9000 grit pad with some polish compond on the pad, and basically started the wet sanding of the headlights you start to see the results of taking your time on the first couple stages. I kept going back and forth on this stage and kept spraying water on really work the wet sand process. Looked great and thought it was good enough to be done, but...
Followed the instructions and of course they kept looking better.
So in short, this product works. After having headlights that have been worthless for years, I now have brand new looking headlights on my old car. Can not stress enough, take your time and don't rush the process. And your hard work will give you fantastic results and I am betting will last a long time.
Don't waste your time on the others, this works as advertised.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
wow it really works Jul 04, 2011
my headlights were opaque when i started using this product and when i finished the headlights were as clear as brand new. it is so easy to use and takes very little time. i recommend this product 100%
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Needs to also come with 250 grain sandpaper Aug 08, 2012
I initially did the first headlight as instructed but I just couldn't sand it down enough with the 500 grain sheet that comes with the package. I finally decided to get out my orbital sander and attach some 250 grain sandpaper and started over. The results were great, at more than a few feet away the headlights look like new. The trick to this kit is to sufficiently sand down the headlight with the first round of sanding. After that, the progressively finer sanding is basically only polishing the plastic. If you don't get out all the imperfections (with the exception of the expected frosting of the plastic) with the first round of sanding then they'll still be there in the end.
12 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Works as advertised Jan 04, 2012
I had badly hazed-over headlight lenses on my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The key for me was using a decent cordless drill (a lightweight Craftsmans in my case) and having plenty of patience. I read as many comments as I could find before ordering this product. The best tip I got was not to rush and be methodical on this job. As long as you use light pressure, wipe off the lenses and the pads frequently and keep the drill moving over the lenses, I don't think it's possible to overdo any of the sanding stages. (I added a couple more passes when I thought that I was done with each stage.) I spent about ninety minutes on each headlight lens and I'm very happy with the results; two clear headlights.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Headlight Restoration Dec 07, 2011
By Claudia Taylor
Finally, a product that works!!! Tried other products that claimed to clean headlights by putting on a liquid and then rubbing with a special type of sponge disc. Worked with that product for a couple of hours and it did a very poor job. I was actually contemplating going to a glass place that advertised cleaning headlights for $60. I then found and ordered the 3M 39045 Lens Renewal Kit with Protectant, and my husband got my headlights cleaned in about an hour. This doesn't have any liquid cleaner, just some kind of sanding discs that actually worked!!! Thanks so much. The headlights on my 1999 Mustang are clear again. I would definitely recommend this product!!!
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