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Old 09-25-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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How to restore faded, yellowed, or oxidized headlights with no tools, with 3M

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This 3M Headlight Restoration Kit is designed to improve the clarity of headlight lenses that have become yellowed, cloudy, or hazed over time. This kit does not require tools and is designed to work by hand. By improving the clarity of the headlight lens, with this kit, you improve the performance of the headlight and enhance the appearance of the vehicle. With the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit -39084 you can achieve professional results in the comfort of your home.

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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This one I had my eye on it and will be trying it soon on the wife's car. Thank you for showing it here Todd.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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How long is this supposed to last? I've used Meguiar's (which 3M owns) and it only lasted 3 months. Mother's lasted about the same.

Yellowing just always happens. I think if after you finish the headlight restoration, you seal with Opticoat 2.0, you get better results, sometimes even over a year.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
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How long is this supposed to last? I've used Meguiar's (which 3M owns) and it only lasted 3 months. Mother's lasted about the same.

Yellowing just always happens. I think if after you finish the headlight restoration, you seal with Opticoat 2.0, you get better results, sometimes even over a year.
Well restoring the headlights will last as long as it takes for the plastic to begin to yellow again.

Factory headlights have a coating on them that provides the UV protection. At some point this coating will wear away and the headlights discolor. When you sand and refinish them, you are going to remove whatever coating is left.

Yes, using Opti-Coat 2.0 should provide excellent protection (more than a 1 year) or using the XPEL Headlight Film will work as well.
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Well restoring the headlights will last as long as it takes for the plastic to begin to yellow again.

Factory headlights have a coating on them that provides the UV protection. At some point this coating will wear away and the headlights discolor. When you sand and refinish them, you are going to remove whatever coating is left.

Yes, using Opti-Coat 2.0 should provide excellent protection (more than a 1 year) or using the XPEL Headlight Film will work as well.
if only there was a way to apply the same coating the factory does... :(
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Does This Work for Camaro Rs Hid Halo Headlights with minor Scratches?
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Does This Work for Camaro Rs Hid Halo Headlights with minor Scratches?
It should work.
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