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3M Headlight Lens Restoration A++

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TGAR, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Oct 24, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    TGAR

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    Just in case anybody wanted to know, I used the 3M lens restoration kit on my 2002. Should have taken before and after photos as the results were as advertised!
     
  2. Oct 24, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    defleppardsg

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    I used another brand's kit, but I was also surprised at how well it worked. Definitely worth the $20 it cost, rather than $200 headlights
     
  3. Oct 24, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    Casey05Taco

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    I did the turtle wax restoration kit from Walmart for 10 bucks. Looks amazing.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM
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    x2468

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    A guy posted a video on here where the guy used toothpaste and it worked.
     
  5. Oct 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM
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    ttran

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    I can also vouch for the 3m kit. Did my headlights a month ago with it and they look brand new.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    bicklebok

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    I did mine recently and I cant remember which kit I used, but it sure did take a lot of buffing! Nothing like any commercials I have ever seen, that's for sure! It looks good though, just took a lot of buffing.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    asmoran

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    +1 for the turtle wax. This is the only kit i've seen that includes a sealant. Other than that, they're all pretty much the same. And without the sealant you'll just have to do it again in 6 months or so.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    ttran

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    The 3m kit has a sealant.
     
  9. Oct 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    BAZZMAZZA

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    Recently restored with 3m kit OUTSTANDING PRODUCT in my opinion.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    HammerHead

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    Thanks for the post OP. Saw this in the store just the other day and was skeptical. Good to know it works! I'll be picking some up this weekend.:)
     
  11. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    raswank

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    That is why I put Collinite paint sealant on my lights. Nothing sticks to them
     
  12. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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    asmoran

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    Sweet! The 3M kit I saw in walmart didn't say anything about a sealant on the packaging or I would have bought that one instead.
     
  13. Oct 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    TGAR

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    There is a three stage "sanding" process. The final buffing is what acts as the sealer, more or less. One kit handled both of my headlights.
     
  14. Oct 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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    cochrandc748

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    The 3M kit is definitely one of the highest quality kits out there in its price range. I have worked for Advance Auto Parts for 8 years and have had the opportunity to test almost all the major brands out there and the others don't even come close. Its the only product I recommend to my customers.
     
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