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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Install Guide Yet another review, 3M Headlight restoration kit!

Just another review at the 3M Headlight restoration kit, can be found at your local Autozone.

Thought I might as well post my review too.

Mods, please merge with Tom's thread if needed.

Anyway, onto my review.

Before we get started, here are some pics of the driver side headlight. It was way to foggy, the turn signal light would hardly show through at night.







I was at Autozone picking up something, and I saw this...



After remembering the good things a few members here said about it, and reading Tom's thread. I thought, what the hell. I'll give it a whirl!

So I purchased it, went home and got started. I did use the Youtube instructional video on 3M's website. It was really helpful. As well were the included instructions in the kit.

Everything you need is included, except for a drill, and painters tape for masking off the headlight, and a spray bottle with water.



First step, clean and wipe down the light, Then mask it with painters tape a few times for protection in case of body contact.



After a good 15-20 minutes spent on this light, I only used a a few of everything provided here.



And the result...

Before:

After:

Overall I'm pleased with the kit, considering it only took 15 minutes and $20.00 out of my day.

The light does look a hell of allot better in person.

It was well worth it!

Oh, and sorry for the big ass pics. I don't know what the hell happened there.

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looks like u could polish it up a bit more. use the 800grit pad and really work it and then 3000 and polish up again.

other then that, looks good. this kit is a great kit. i restore 5 cars headlights with this kit.

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You should honestly take your headlights off the car for best results. Due to fear of wrecking the paint around the headlights (as wearing through the tape isnt hard) and also getting into the tight corners around the edges you really cant do a quality job with out removing the headlights. It really only takes about 20 minutes a side to remove them if youve done it before so I highly recommend it.

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Yeah I didn't think about doing that. I might give it another try, this time removing it.

I've done it many time son friends IS300's.

When I get the time, I'll update.

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tom wtf are you smoking! 20 minutes to get the headlights off?!! more like 5. and that kit is awesome. i've made some good money off of it. i've also found that after you use the compound they provide, go over it again with plast-x and it will get even better.

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I used the 3M kit today on my lights, and I was extremely happy with the results. No, it doesn't get your headlights to brand new, but if you follow the instructions, this is probably one of the best and easiest kits out there.

Don't be afraid to take your time or repeat your steps. Also, Avernier offers a good tip - work that Plast-x in with the foam applicator when you're finished.

For about $30 for the two, it'll last for multiple applications, is much less expensive than getting them done professionally, and gets the job done.

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Consumer Reports tested headlight restorations kits. They voted the Sylvania kit as the best, and the 3M in second place.

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Consumer Reports tested headlight restorations kits. They voted the Sylvania kit as the best, and the 3M in second place.
Did they mention the Crystal View headlight restoration kit? just curious.

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Did they mention the Crystal View headlight restoration kit? just curious.
I'll check the article when I get home tomorrow.

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i hope this works on my hazed over headlights, its a shame what it looks like right now.
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See the 3 posts above you. The Crystal View kit is better.

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None of the other kits including the 3M come with proper clear coat sealant to seal the plastic, so if you'd rather do this once and not have them oxidize again, use the Crystal View kit imo. It's been out for over 7 years and is the only thing I'll ever use. It's very reputable and cheap.

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