Restore your Headlights in your Driveway
Did you know you can restore your yellowing headlights in your driveway? You do not have to visit a repair shop. I did just that using the 3M Headlight Restoration System 39008. This restoration kit has all that you need to do the job. In this video I demonstrate this process on my 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The headlight covers were very badly oxidized and it really benefited from this restoration.
I have foggy headlights and it appears that the plastic lens on the headlight oxidizes or becomes damaged by the sun. The restoration kit contains fine grit sandpaper that can be used to sand down the headlight lens followed by the last step which buffs the lens with a buffing compound and a buffing applicator. I am very impressed with this headlight restoration kit. To use this kit you will need a drill. I used a rigid drill for the headlight restoration but I only had two batteries and I had to constantly charge. I really needed three batteries and two chargers.
Recommended Products for this Project
3M Headlight Restoration System 39008 that I used requires a power drill. 3M Headlight Restoration System 39084 does not require a drill. You can also use the 3M Headlight Clear Coat 39173 to reduce oxidation.
I purchased two kits. One for my son’s car and one for my truck. There are enough sanding discs and buffing compound to easily restore the headlights of two cars. In other words, I only needed to purchase one kit for two vehicles. But, please consider the size headlights you will be restoring. In my case my headlight on my dodge has more surface area than both of the Pontiac headlights combined. I’m glad I purchased two kits.
After you are finished with the Headlight Restoration you may want to apply the 3M Quick Headlight Clear Coat, which protects the headlights for twice as long (when followed immediately after using the 3M Headlight Restoration kit).
Tools and Materials Required
Find the 3M Headlight Restoration System as well as other automotive products here.
- 3M Headlight Restoration System 39008 or 39084
- 3M Headlight Clear Coat 39173 (optional but recommended)
- Frog Tape (or Autobody Tape)
- Shop Towels (or paper towels like Bounty)
- Battery powered drill (if using 3M Headlight Restoration System 39008)
- A spray bottle filled with water
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