3M Headlight Renewal Kit with Automotive Tape
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30 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Wow, Like New! Feb 07, 2010
By R. H. Krauch
I've been watching my the lenses on my 2002 PT Cruiser become more yellow and hazed over each year. Not only do they look terrible but at night, they don't shed as much light as they used to. The price to replace them is about $125. I purchased my 3M Lens Renewal Kit from Autozone and paid $25 + Tax. A local body shop said they'd do it for $71 for both lenses. I decided to take on the project and do it myself. The directions are good and easy to follow; there is even an online "how to" video.
I am very impressed with the outcome! I only wish I could post some before and after pictures but this review only allows for video. Everything's included in the kit except a drill. The sandpaper grades are extremely fine. You will work your way to the extra fine and finally buffing and polishing compound. To do both headlights will take a couple hours and you will end up with a brighter outlook on night driving and a happier face on your ride.
27 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Easy to use and works Mar 30, 2010
By Dat Hong
I was hesitant to try this because I feared I would mess my headlights up. Well, I did it anyway, and I couldn't be happier. This product is SOOOO easy to use. All you need is a power drill (1200 - 1600 rpm) and about 2 hours of your time. It has a 4 step process and each kit is good for 2 headlights. I used this on a 2002 Jetta and got near perfect results. Before the sanding, the headlights were fully yellow and looked horrible. After the sanding, they look close to new.
When you first start sanding, the headlights will be cloudy and rough. That's normal and as you go through the steps and start using the finer sand paper, the cloudiness goes away and next thing you know, you have a clear and clean headlight. The directions were easy to follow and even if you have no mechanical abilities or never used a drill before, you can still do this. Just attach the parts to the drill, and sand away. if your read the directions, and take your time, you can't mess up.
Don't buy a new headlight until you try this kit. You'll be glad you did and so will your wallet.
25 of 25 found the following review helpful:
worked good May 26, 2010
By Christopher J. Tourek
The kit worked quite well, just make sure you take your time and tape off well around the headlight so you don't scratch your paint (I would suggest at least 2 layers of tape).
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
This stuff works and will save you $$ over replacements Apr 19, 2011
I've used this kit, and the older version, on all my cars over the past few years. I've never had an issue, or a headlamp it wouldn't clear-up, even on the 15-yr-old headlamps of my sons' 95 Grand Marquis! Even if you have very large lenses (like a Lincoln Town Car or a police/rescue light bar), there is enough materials in the kit to do the job and do the job right! If your car has small headlights, like an older Escort, Tercel, Lancer, Explorer, Ranger, etc., you'll have enough materials to do two sets of headlights, or headlights and taillights.
Things to remember... use automotive painter's tape to prevent damage to your car's finish (regular masking tape is difficult to remove and can damage the finish), and use at least two layers, covering at least 1/2" of the metal. If you're not comfortable using a drill, it may get away from you and run up onto the painted surfaces quickly! Also, use a corded drill. A battery powered drill will not have enough juice to finish the project before recharging (even an 18 or 24V Dewalt).
Set aside at least 2-hrs to do both headlights... and take a break between disk grit sizes to prevent you from rushing the job or getting sloppy from a tired arm. I also recommend doing both at the same time... (If you do one, then the other, you'll tend to rush the second lens and you won't be happy with the results - been there, done that). Sand 2-3 coarse disks on the first headlight, then switch to the second headlight and use 2-3 coarse disks on it. Rinse, and repeat with finer grit on each, Rinse, etc. As you work on the headlights, they will become quite "ugly" and you'll think they'll never become clear again... but they will. Just make sure you use the roughest grit disks until your lenses are "milky" in appearance, and appear uniform in their color. As you move to finer grit sanding disks the scratches will become smaller and smaller.. and the lenses will begin to look more "white" and slightly opaque. When sanding with the finest grit, keep your motions slow and even, concentrating on making the volume of scratches "uniform". If you have a spot that looks "thick" keep after it and "feather" it slowly until it looks like the rest of the lens.
The final stage is the buffing/polishing of the lenses... perform this step slowly and meticulously... work the compound into the scratches and repeat as needed to get a fine, high-gloss look. Be sure not to skimp on the polishing compound in this step, as this is what makes the lenses smooth and shiny! After you think you've got it... buff them again with the last remaining drops of polishing compound... you won't regret spending the extra 10-minutes.
Properly done, not rushing the job, you'll have like-new visibility from your headlights. You'll probably need / want to do it again in 2-3 years, just so you don't lose the visibility like you did before. One thing to remember, you are sanding away thickness of the lenses, so repeated use of this product will slowly erode the impact resistance ability of the lenses... after 3-4 uses (6-10years), it will probably be time to replace the headlights as a safety precaution (if you still have the car that long).
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Works Great! Apr 06, 2010
My GF's XC90 headlights looked like they had dried egg mixed with yellow paint on them. I had initially tried using some Mequires "headlight restorer" but, it was no match for these headlights.
The package includes everything you will need: tape, sandpaper, polisher, and polishing compound. I initially started off with a cordless DeWalt drill, I personally would not recommend using a cordless, as there is usually not enough RPM's in a cordless, and you will be swapping out batteries every 15 mins. I picked up a powered DeWalt that does 2500+ RPM's for $60 at Home Creepo, less than the cost of a new battery!
Follow the instructions and you will be golden, the more time you take, the better the result. I took about 2.5 hours, and I thought they came out great. At an angle you can still see some of the sand marks, but as the instructions say, the more patience and time you take, the better the results. Trust me, they look great now!
A simple hint, depending on the design of your vehicle, I lifted the hood so I would not have to tape off that section, I would also definitely double and maybe triple tape (if you can) the painted edges around the light for added protection, it's easy to pull off.
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