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Item number 39008
Amazon price is $13.49 with free shipping

All you need to supply is a drill with a fully charged battery or 2, and some tape.

The headlights on my wife's Subaru and the one I just bought were hazy and yellowing. Instead of springing for new headlights I figured I would give this product a try.

Here is what I started with. The flash seems to have hidden the crappyness of this headlight. You can see some of the scratches and haze on the upper part, but the yellowing didn't show up.


Start with the 500 grit pad. You get 6 of them and I only used 1 for both of my headlights.


Move on to 800. There are 3 of these, and again I only used 1.

I should have spent more time with this grit. On the second light I did.

Then you move on to a grey pad that is 3000 grit.


and then on to a sponge disc and some 3M rubbing compound

I tossed a coat of wax on when I was done.

Over all I am really happy with it. I will do my wife's car tomorrow night, and will try to get better before and after pics.

A great product for less than $15; however, I would pay a couple of extra bucks if it came with something between the 800 and 3000, and I also would have liked a packet of the 3M polish or glaze to finish off the headlight.

It gets a thumbs up.
 

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I used the kit on my wife's car last night. Her headlights had some chips and an odd haze to them. The kit cleaned up the chips, yellowing, and some of the haze; however, the lenses are still a little hazy. It looks like the haze is actually on the inside surface of the plastic.

Pics with and with out the flash.



The knicks and chips are visible, and you can see the yellowing at the top of the lens.



Again I believe the results would be better with a grit between the 800 and 3000 pads, and a polish or glaze. You can see the lens near the side marker still has some light scratches from sanding. I may try popping by the local hardware store, they sell paint supplies and I think they have different rubbing compounds in stock.
 

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The 20$ 3m kits at walmart come with plastic polish compound, the only problem with doing this is you need to seal the headlights or they will yellow in a few months. When ever I do my next set of headlight im going to give optimum opti coat 2.0 a try, its some sort of sealant that acts like a clear coat and is permanent, it works for paint and headlights but its a little expensive
 

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Yes from what I have read there is a coating on the stock headlights, if I remember its actually in the plastic but when you sand it the uv coat is removed
 

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it's on the plastic from the factory. I know on my legacy I could see the coating flaking off from the rounded bubble part of the lens in front of the projector
 

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I used this with same results..

Then when I tried to use a dupli color clearcoat, it looked like shit.

I have my moms CRV that needs this done again.
 

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I've also used this specific 3M product on my G35 and (aftermarket) del sol headlights, same awesome results.

way better than another product I used a few years ago that was "all-in-one"

I even used the buffing pad and compound to buff out a few roof scratches on my G35s clear :lol:
 

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it's on the plastic from the factory. I know on my legacy I could see the coating flaking off from the rounded bubble part of the lens in front of the projector
My 02 F-150 head lights look like that (flaking). After I finish my wife's car I may try it on those headlights. If they can't be saved (they are back) I can get a set on ebay cheap enough.
 

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I came across this kit from 3M
Headlight Lens Restoration Kit - 3M 39084 - Free Shipping

It looks like they added a 1000 grit pad like the 3000 grit one, and a second packet of rubbing compound.

I also ordered this sealant, and if it works as stated it should keep the yellowing at bay.
Blue Magic 730-6 Headlight Lens Sealer
 

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better to just grab the sandpaper and plastic polish and use a buffer. that's what I do. They come out crystal clear like brand new headlights.

all you need is 800-1200-2000 grip paper. use the 800 less then as you go up use the smoother sandpaper more and more. the 2000 grit is where you spend more time. then polish it quick. Takes me longer because I do them right. Usually 2 hours
 

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better to just grab the sandpaper and plastic polish and use a buffer. that's what I do. They come out crystal clear like brand new headlights.

all you need is 800-1200-2000 grip paper. use the 800 less then as you go up use the smoother sandpaper more and more. the 2000 grit is where you spend more time. then polish it quick. Takes me longer because I do them right. Usually 2 hours
Are you sealing them with anything when you are done, and how quickly (if at all) are they hazing and yellowing again?

I have a bunch of finer sandpaper, but it's all packed (along with half of my tools) in anticipation of being moved to MI. Maybe I will go digging through some boxes.
 

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^^
Top pic is the polished.


I wish I could find a UV resistant sealant for after theyre polished.
 

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Yeah, if it's expensive then it would be worth it only if it stops the UV damage on both the light and the film, or is it that the film is replaceable and doesn't need a sanding/buffing?
 

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^^
Top pic is the polished.


I wish I could find a UV resistant sealant for after theyre polished.
They do but its expensive, optimum opti coat 2.0 but its about 110$. Supposedly it lasts forever and you can use it on paint also
 
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