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3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System Review

Thanks for taking the time to read my review on the 3M 39008 headlight lens restoration system. This is one of the best selling car care products right across the country. It is a great product for anyone who wants to restore their headlights, taillights, brake lights, fog lights, and directional lights back to their former glory.

You can use the 3M 39008 kit to restore old cloudy lights on your vehicle. By using this it can save you the cost of replacing your headlights, or any type of light on your car.

Brief Description

For those of you who are in a hurry, I have included just below a brief description of this restoration kit, so as you can see at a glance, what you get for your money, and how other buyers have rated the product, after they have bought and used it.

3M 39008 Concise Summary Review

Buyer Satisfaction
3M headlight restoration kit

This is the highest selling of these types of restoration kit online. It has been out for a number of years and buyers still rate it with a 90% buyer satisfaction rating. There are over 10,000 buyer online reviews available to read, so shows just how many units this product has sold.

As you can see from the image above, this is a kit that comes with fine sanding discs, along with a compound and a polishing pad. It uses a simple 3-step process which can be completed end to end in about 60-75 minutes. (It may take you longer if you are using this for the first time as I explain later in this article)

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For those of you who have a bit more time, then please read on as I get into a lot more detail just below.

Who Would or Should Buy This Product

There are three main buyers for this type of product and those are:

  1. Anyone who restores old cars
  2. Anyone who wants their car looking well as a rule
  3. Anyone who doesn't want to have to replace cloudy or yellow looking lights with expensive new ones

Although the paintwork on a car is the single most important thing in terms of appearance, the chrome and the lights are also very important. Over time the plastic and glass in lights can get dull, cloudy looking and in some cases look like a yellow or even a light brown colour.

Usually this will happen to cars over 3 years old. For under $20 and an hour of your time, you can have your lights looking like new.

Product Description - Features and Benefits

This particular lens restoration kit retails for under $20. It isn't the cheapest but it will not break the bank either. The kit works well on glass or plastic and that is an important thing to remember.

Plastic lenses will start to discolor with age. You can replace those if you can find the parts available but they can be more expensive than you may think. When they dull in this fashion it significantly reduces the brightness of your headlights.

This 3M system works using abrasives and then a buffer and compound to hep restore and shine all the lights on your vehicle.

This one works best by using a typical household drill (Setting speed at 1200-1600 rpm). It is worth mentioning that this kit does not come with masking tape so you will need to get some of that to avoid damaging the paintwork or the chrome work on your car.

How To Use the Kit Effectively?

  1. Put masking tape on the painted surfaces around the lens you are restoring. Take your time doing this and make sure all of the paint is fully covered.
  2. Use the abrasive discs to remove any bad color, scratches and dirt. The best and easiest way is to use a drill but this can be done by hand, but it will take 3-4 times as long (Use 500 grit, then 800 grit and then the Trizact)
  3. Apply the rubbing compound and then use a soft cloth to apply a light coating of 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant.
  4. Remove the masking tape carefully and enjoy your new looking lights

Buyer Ratings and What They Have to Say

  • Buyer overall satisfaction is 90%
  • 74% of all buyers gave this kit a full 5 star review
  • 86% of all buyers rated it 4 stars or higher
  • 4% of all buyers gave this a bad review
  • Almost every buyer said this product worked great for them - those same buyers did however say that it took them anything between 3-4 hours to get the perfect result.
Buyer Satisfaction

The ratings are excellent as you can see. I do however want to address the time taken to complete the task. If you have never done this before it will take around 3 hours. Rubbing an abrasive sandpaper on your plastic lights does not come easy.

People are genuinely afraid of making things worse instead of better. They are also very wary of doing that with a drill. However when you have used this kit as much as I have, then with a drill and some elbow grease, I normally finish a full set of lights in about 75 minutes.

It is I am guessing a combination of confidence and experience.

It is very important though to keep your drill speed between 1200-1600. Any faster than this and it could damage your lens and is also really hard to control.

What Buyers Complain About

I include this section in every review that I write as it is important for me that all my readers get to hear everything about the product.

4% of all buyers gave this one a really bad review and another 3% gave it a low review. Here are the reasons why they did this:

  • Works well for badly colored or scratched lenses but if they look OK, some buyers advised just to leave them alone rather than use this kit
  • The main complaint was too much work for very little results
  • Many people bought second hand lights rather then put themselves through the work of doing this and then having to repeat it 9-12 months later

I can understand how some buyers want something simpler to use with less work. I have been doing this a long time and I haven't found that product yet. If you can pick up cheap second hand lights, then I would also recommend that you do that.

They are quick and easy to replace and you can save yourself the time and effort involved.

Protecting the Coating on Your Headlights

In terms of having to do this several months later, I would also recommend using a lens protector spray. Meguiars do a very good one and that helps protect your hard work and stops it going back to being cloudy again.

This is called the Meguiar's G17804 Keep Clear Headlight Coating, and it gets good reviews.

Check out the video below to see the 3M kit being used and what the end result looks like.

My Verdict on the 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System

I have used this product over and over again to restore headlights etc on my own vehicles and also for many other people. It is my own "go to" product if I need to any type of light restoration on a vehicle.

The reason I like it is that it works really well and customers are always satisfied with what they see. The single thing that I don't like about this one is that it does take about an hour and a half of work to get the desired results.

This is a best selling product and yes it does take time and effort, but I have always found the results worth the effort. You can get pretty technical with this type of job and use even finer abrasive discs. That will really depend on how much a perfectionist you are.

It wouldn't hurt the manufacturer to include a roll of masking tape and a soft cloth in their kit, even if it cost a little more to do that. I hate getting something in the post and then finding out I have to do and buy a few more bits and pieces.

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