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Old 07-19-2010, 03:58 PM
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Icon14 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

Hands down, this little kit worked simply amazing!!!!
My passenger side headlight was hazed and yellowed crazy bad, I tried 2 coats of toothpaste with no luck. I finally decided it was time to man up and use the kit and this was the result. I wish I took a true before picture but my camra was dead, so I dug up one that shows it somewhat. It was was worse lol.

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The kit is like $21 at autozone....I got mine for like $13 on amazon Amazon.com: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System: Automotive
I give my thanks to Littlefoot for telling me about this kit!!!!
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if it's knocking, don't answer it. it's prolly nothing but bad news bears.
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

Looks like brand new =), better than new!
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:48 PM
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Looks like brand new =), better than new!
Thanks! I couldn't stop thinking about it all day!
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

cool i definitely have to try this after i get my retrofit done! =]
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

You know the 3M kit is a headlight resurfacing kit, It's an aggressive system designed to remove scratches and other imperfections in the lens.
It is over kill for yellowing caused by oxidation.
Polish is more suited because it is less aggressive, but it's time consuming and can cause clouding too

If you look closely will see the damage abrasives have caused to lens surface. this damage will become more apparent in days to come as the lens begins to change.

The non abrasive approach yields better results.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:25 PM
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

Dunno dude, my headlight was very nasty and did have scratches. If it ever comes back I will be sure to try that deoxidizer. I have had that 3m kit for a while and decided to finally use it.
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

I wish you could post the BEFORE picture of your headlight. But it really looks new and also your car looks awesome. I like color blue.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:21 PM
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

The before picture is up there it's just not focused on the headlight lol. My headlight was hidious though! The kit is great I highly reccommend it. Thanks for the compliment as well!

Edit: sorry for the double post!
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

how long did this last before your headlights fogged up again?
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:16 AM
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

Now I wanna try this lol. Yay I have all weekend to mess w my car. First priority is the yellow from under the bra. Can't seem to get that off :(
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

The only issue with using that kit is you have to keep doing it because it actually takes the protective layer off of the lens. Don't get me wrong stuff works greats but I have to redo the headlights on our trucks every couple of months.
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

this kit sucks..If you want a more permanent fix, then you need to wet sand and spray a new clear coat on the lenses, that way you don't have to keep polishing the lenses after a few car washes. I always use the same clear that used when painting cars.
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how long did this last before your headlights fogged up again?
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The only issue with using that kit is you have to keep doing it because it actually takes the protective layer off of the lens. Don't get me wrong stuff works greats but I have to redo the headlights on our trucks every couple of months.
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this kit sucks..If you want a more permanent fix, then you need to wet sand and spray a new clear coat on the lenses, that way you don't have to keep polishing the lenses after a few car washes. I always use the same clear that used when painting cars.
After over 3 years, no fogging, or oxidation has come back. My light has remained the same after I used the kit. So I guess you guys did something wrong haha!

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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

haha this is simply the best product.

You gotta keep washing/polishing it (aka babying it)....if u want outstanding results. The turtle wax sealant is also a nice product to use. My headlight still looks brand new.
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

I've used turtle wax and meguiars, both times with in a month the headlight looked worse then before I messed with it. Maybe 3m is different but I'll stick with what Prelude1897 is saying and get them cleared. I also take it a step further and add a laminate to mine.
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I haven't touched my headlight that I used the kit on with any sort of wax or crap like that in over 3 years like I said and it still looks great. Nuff' said.
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Re: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System

I tried using this kit a while back and I ended up with small scratches on the lens. It worked great by de-oxidizing
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the 3M kit should be done "right". In other words...using a drill.....in circular motions and switching grids when you've pretty much taken the previous layer out. Holding the drill in one place or pressing very hard on it....can cause heat/scratch marks.

IIRC, i'm pretty sure the clear "laminx" kinda turns yellow (oxidizes) as time goes by no?...
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You know the 3M kit is a headlight resurfacing kit, It's an aggressive system designed to remove scratches and other imperfections in the lens.
It is over kill for yellowing caused by oxidation.
Polish is more suited because it is less aggressive, but it's time consuming and can cause clouding too

If you look closely will see the damage abrasives have caused to lens surface. this damage will become more apparent in days to come as the lens begins to change.

The non abrasive approach yields better results.
Pittmans Deoxidizer
No, you actually have to sand through that oxidation. A typical polish is not aggressive enough to work on yellowed headlights. Toothpaste works, because it's aggressive for what it is.

OP, now that it's re-done, I suggest using a lens sealer on it to prevent this from happening again, at least not nearly as fast. Blue Magic makes one that I've heard works wonders, and it's pretty cheap.
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No, you actually have to sand through that oxidation. A typical polish is not aggressive enough to work on yellowed headlights. Toothpaste works, because it's aggressive for what it is.

OP, now that it's re-done, I suggest using a lens sealer on it to prevent this from happening again, at least not nearly as fast. Blue Magic makes one that I've heard works wonders, and it's pretty cheap.
My light was very yellowed, toothpaste did not work. The kit worked great as I did use a drill. I have no scratches or anything and it's still perfect to my liking. I'm sure by the time it even starts to happen again, I wont even have the car anymore (which will be a longgg time.)
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