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Headlight Restoration - 3M Kit

Just thought I'd share my experience with this in case anyone is looking. My 08 headlights started getting a slight fog/cloudiness to them in places. I hadn't paid that much attention to them until I was washing it last weekend, I started noticing it. While I was in Advance Auto last night, I wanted to look at the kits. Previously I tried one of the liquids on a grand cherokee I had, and it didn't work well. I talked to one of the guys in there, and he recommended the 3M kit. I bought the kit that polishes, and used with a drill.

As for how it works, I thought it turned out much better. Be sure to go through the prep work with taping the truck or else you will get scratches on the paint. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I thought the sanding pads worked well, and everything went on and off very easily. Overall, I'm pleased with the results. I would post pictures, but in the ones I took last night, you couldn't tell much from the way the sun was hitting, plus my lights weren't completely dull.

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The 3M kit works great. I used it many years ago on a 8 year old camry and when I was done, they looked brand new.

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What sealant did you use?

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I just followed through the instructions on the kit, and it came with a 3M polish that I put over it. I think this is what you are asking about?

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I used the kit but it only came with rubbing compound which is not a sealant.

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Be sure to use a lot of masking tape around the headlight area. I'd also double tape the area. I used this product but the drill kicked out and got the paint. So I have a lil "character" mark on the fender. Next time I'll just remove the head light.

Edit: I taped the area but the pad managed to hit the spot with no tape!


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Below are some before & after pics onmy 2008, using the 3M kit from amazon (i used this one
3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ5HY..._a1XHwbPTGCCF6 )

Not bad for 30 minutes of work. Next time I'll spend more time, but it also won't be 30 degrees outside..



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My 08 is starting to cloud. I was thinking getting the powerball as I have a car that needs work more than the truck.
I am not looking to go quick and cheap.
I plan on keeping both vehicles a long time so putting in effort and money now is worth it.
So what is the good stuff?
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ProTip-Keep sanding until the powder that comes off is white. If its yellow or tan, keep going!

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I did the powerball. I had a car that was in great need and it came out great. My Tundra wasn't looking very bad but I did it anyway. To look at it it's better but not perfect. I decided to stop as visually there is a great improvement and I did the least wear on the surface.
Funny the car that looked worse came out looking better. Could have been I did the car first and then the truck without cleaning the ball.
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I looked at my vehicles. The Tundra still showed the spots the powerball didn't get rid of and the car had yellowed.
I got he Mckees headlight restoration kit. It worked great on both vehicles and the Tundra headlights are now nearly new looking. I applied their sealer but it says it should be applied at each wash. And should be what we in the north consider warm. So I am now looking for a sealer that will last through winter. Anybody got the scoop?
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Tooth Paste works.
Find a good bug repellent with DEET in it . Repel with 40% DEET is great. Spray it on and wipe it off. You will be shocked at the improvement. And how much you saved over all of these name brand "kits."

And yes....yes.....yes.....once you use Repel with DEET you will ask yourself "and people spray this sh!t on their children?" Yes. You will a say that.

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I looked at my vehicles. The Tundra still showed the spots the powerball didn't get rid of and the car had yellowed.
I got he Mckees headlight restoration kit. It worked great on both vehicles and the Tundra headlights are now nearly new looking. I applied their sealer but it says it should be applied at each wash. And should be what we in the north consider warm. So I am now looking for a sealer that will last through winter. Anybody got the scoop?


Just use whatever sealant/polish (I don't use regular wax, doesn't last very long) you use on the rest of the truck. I use Menzerna (now Jescar) Power Lock. Use it on the lens, chrome, and paint ever time you "wax" your truck. The sun here kills paint and headlights quickly, but this works well.


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You must thoroughly clean lenses before polishing them. Get some “Totally Awesome” cleaner from Family Dollar, spray on headlights, watch all the yellow dirt run off, polish by hand with rubbing compound. Done. If lenses are really bad, Spray Awesome, then Extra-fine steel wool, then rubbing compound.
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