3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System - 2021 report by Whydis

3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System

Style:39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging Plastic lenses can yellow with age, reducing headlight b...

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Coat

(256 reviews)
Job

(145 reviews)
Stuff

(57 reviews)
Instruction

(175 reviews)
Finish

(54 reviews)
Kit

(367 reviews)
Advertise

(90 reviews)
Paint damage

(89 reviews)
Time

(157 reviews)
Sand

(114 reviews)
Html5 video

(41 reviews)
Sun damage

(69 reviews)
Mind

(34 reviews)
Lens

(110 reviews)
Oxidation

(39 reviews)
Headlight

(531 reviews)
Inspection

(19 reviews)
Shape

(43 reviews)
Spot

(25 reviews)
Speed

(15 reviews)
Browser doe

(3 reviews)

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Reviews around coat (4.81 of 5)

  • but unfortunately I had a factory clear coat over my lens
  • Easy to use, great results.....but be sure to apply a UV clear coat afterwards to slow further degradation of the lens.
  • And to make them clear, I had to purchase a clear coat spray.
  • that's what you're doing scratching off the UV yellowed clear coat
  • I did purchase the 3M clear coat kit in addition to this kit
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Reviews around job (4.78 of 5)

  • I tried most of the others and none were as quick at doing such a good job of removing hazing and surface cracking as the 3M system.
  • Product does a great job of dehazing old headlights restoring them to like new.
  • The product does the job but not as good as it promised, maybe I need to do the process a couple more times.
  • This product did a great job and had easy to follow instructions
  • but it did a terrible job restoring the headlights on my 2001 Tacoma
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Reviews around stuff (4.59 of 5)

  • n’t go wrong.
  • Worked great and even have enough stuff for another headlight
  • This stuff worked great on the cloudy headlights on my 1996 Acura.
  • This stuff was awesome, but unfortunately I used the kit on headlight
  • That gets the really bad stuff
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Reviews around instruction (4.35 of 5)

  • Very impressed with this product and the instructions were easy to follow.
  • The instructions are easy to follow and now my headlight lens are crystal clear!
  • The instructions were easy to follow, what is needed is in kit.
  • I followed the instructions so carefully and all it did was scuff up my lenses
  • The instructions were clear and the product was easy to use
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Reviews around finish (4.34 of 5)

  • Used clear coat from a different conpany for a cleaner finish.
  • The clear coat finish is very durable, and the two together are a great solution.
  • After you've finished removing the damage with this kit, I recommend Sylvania's UV sealant to keep the headlights looking great and prevent future UV damage to the plastic lenses
  • The headlight became pitted over the last 13 years, which resulted in a massively dull finish
  • My lenses were not horrible but I had to scrape by to get a good finish
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Reviews around kit (4.25 of 5)

  • The main difference between this kit and the more expensive 3M kits is that this one (39084) doesn't come with the Headlight Wax Sealant to coat your headlights with to prolong the clear/ clean look
  • The kit was enough for both headlights, and you should do both headlights at the same time
  • so I decided to try the more aggressive 3M kit for severe restoration needs.
  • The 3M Headlight Kit was easy to use and well worth the price.
  • Then again this is a fairly cheap kit, not a professional kit.
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Reviews around advertise (4.24 of 5)

  • This worked as advertised and the headlight lens are clear again.
  • I expected it to make the headlights last another 2-3 years before fading and already it looks just as bad as before
  • Not a huge issue ,but still inconvenient and false advertising.
  • But it works as advertised and my headlights look like new again
  • This product works as advertised, head lights came out great
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Reviews around paint damage (4.21 of 5)

  • I expected it to make the headlights last another 2-3 years before fading and already it looks just as bad as before
  • Very awesome stuff works great on light scratches as well A+
  • Very awesome stuff works great on light scratches as well A+
  • The headlight looks like brand new!One advise: to prevent the paint damage put some layers of protective tape around the restored headlight
  • I expected it to make the headlights last another 2-3 years before fading and already it looks just as bad as before
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Reviews around time (4.13 of 5)

  • This product takes some time to do it right, but worth the results
  • It took me about an hour to do, but I do wish I would have taken a little more time and slowed down
  • For me, I had a spot that I didn’t spend enough time sanding
  • Take your time and keep the pad moving to prevent burning the plastic.
  • Easy to use, just take your time and it will work great
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Reviews around sand (3.98 of 5)

  • The sanding is unnerving at first, but as you progress it becomes obvious why it takes so long
  • Try this Before an expensive sanding kits that takes an hour or more
  • Much better now and have enough sanding discs and compound for another set of lenses
  • I think the sanding was a lack of skill on my part, I recommend the clear coat to shine it up, but also make the headlight stay clear.
  • They give you more than enough sanding pads and buffing solution
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Reviews around html5 video (3.98 of 5)

  • I did purchase the 3M clear coat kit in addition to this kit
  • After using this kit the headlights did not look much better than they did, however, after using the 3M Quick Headlight Clear Coat there was a massive difference
  • I've attached photos of my headlights - before, after the restoration kit, and after applying 3M clear coat wipes
  • I used this on my truck but also used the "3M Quick Headlight Clear Coat"
  • Get the 3M UV Protection part number 39173 to apply at the end....or you will be doing this dance again within 2-3 months.
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Reviews around sun damage (3.82 of 5)

  • I expected it to make the headlights last another 2-3 years before fading and already it looks just as bad as before
  • Very awesome stuff works great on light scratches as well A+
  • Very awesome stuff works great on light scratches as well A+
  • I expected it to make the headlights last another 2-3 years before fading and already it looks just as bad as before
  • I was skeptical about this product, I've tried different cleaners to clean my sun damaged headlights in the past
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Reviews around mind (3.78 of 5)

  • I've attached photos of my headlights - before, after the restoration kit, and after applying 3M clear coat wipes
  • I did purchase the 3M clear coat kit in addition to this kit
  • I used this on my truck but also used the "3M Quick Headlight Clear Coat"
  • I also purchased the 3M clear coat to apply on the headlights after polishing for protection against UV.
  • If you follow the included directions the end product will blow your mind how good the lights look, they come out looking brand new.
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Reviews around lens (3.62 of 5)

  • It does work, and restore my headlight lens clear and transparent.
  • And don't freak out; after each sanding step, the lens will look worse, like you sanded it to ruin.
  • It improves the headlight lens tremendously--not like new, but about 90%
  • About an hour later, you’ll have clear headlight lens like from the factory
  • Follow instructions and you will be amazed how clear your headlight lens are when finished
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Reviews around oxidation (3.39 of 5)

  • I was skeptical about buying this kit to do my mother’s 2013 Toyota Highlander that has bad yellowing/oxidation on the headlight lenses
  • My 2012 Prius C had some pretty bad oxidation and plastic dulling from years of being parked out doors
  • For severe oxidation, you need to use a 120 followed by a 400 grit then use this kit.
  • (They say not to do this in the instructions, and let me tell you... that crap is *incredibly* difficult to get off if you overdo it & smudge the lights).PSA:If your headlight lenses are large, get a cheap orbital sander (~$15 to $20), get some store-bought ~200 grit sandpaper (<$5), and knock off the heavy oxidation before using this kit
  • I am very pleased with the instructions and materials, I'd recommend this kit as it's economical and works well
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Reviews around headlight (3.10 of 5)

  • Highly recommend this product if you have cloudy, yellow headlights
  • So my headlights were really bad and this kit did an amazing job
  • My headlights look like new, and his look better than new
  • I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has cloudy, yellow headlights.
  • But it works as advertised and my headlights look like new again
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Reviews around inspection (2.89 of 5)

  • Lights were cloudy, and almost failed inspection, but tech recommended this stuff and we were totally impressed!
  • Then I got out my clean, dry, blue shop towel and started to rub off all of the excess compound and holy cr*p
  • Lenses were clouded by original factory coating which was chipping off and clear in some spots, sanded down entire lens with provided pads, I frequently beat dust out of sanding pads and wiped lense surfaces down with clean t-shirt rags because build-up of dust in grit happens quickly and will mar the work.
  • n’t work I would go for something that has buffing compound and buff
  • if they're too clouded you'll fail your State Inspection and two clear lenses will give you more light at night and also other drivers will be able to see you much sooner
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Reviews around shape (2.63 of 5)

  • Very awesome stuff works great on light scratches as well A+
  • If you take your time, your headlights will be a s good as new.
  • Headlights were in bad shape, the plastic was very yellow and it was impacting function of the lamps with respect to visibility.
  • If your lenses are in bad shape, put your monies on replacement ones
  • It took me about 45 minutes for each headlight (and mine were in bad shape).
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Reviews around spot (2.50 of 5)

  • There is only a few small spots that I was not able to clear up, but totally worth the money.
  • n’t work I would go for something that has buffing compound and buff
  • Lenses were clouded by original factory coating which was chipping off and clear in some spots, sanded down entire lens with provided pads, I frequently beat dust out of sanding pads and wiped lense surfaces down with clean t-shirt rags because build-up of dust in grit happens quickly and will mar the work.
  • good light and non dusty area ...even a good led flashlight to check for missed spots
  • Don't be afraid to do several more passes with the 400/600 grit pads, because trying to smooth out spots later (especially when you move onto the buffering step) will be very time/resource consuming.2
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Reviews around speed (2.18 of 5)

  • Set your drill for slow speed setting for best results w\ sanding discs...worked for me.
  • If you take your time, your headlights will be a s good as new.
  • Then I got out my clean, dry, blue shop towel and started to rub off all of the excess compound and holy cr*p
  • Slow speeds, light pressure, lost of water, NO gunking up the pad
  • My drill runs max 2500 rpm and they call for max 1600 rpm, but I simply did not run it full speed, and it worked perfect.
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Reviews around browser doe (1.95 of 5)

  • n’t b disappointed
  • If you take your time, your headlights will be a s good as new.
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More about 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System

  • Style:39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging Plastic lenses can yellow with age, reducing headlight brightness, and new lenses can be expensive
  • The 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System lets you shine and restore plastic lenses, including headlights, taillights, fog and directional lights
  • By restoring clarity to the lens, the performance of the headlight is improved and the appearance of the vehicle is enhanced Now you can produce professional results with the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System and a household drill (1200-1600 rpm)
  • Kit includes all items necessary to perform the task except for the drill, tape and clean cloth.