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      09-27-2013, 06:55 AM   #1
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Best headlight restoration kit

Does anyone have any experience with the Glassylite headlight restoration kit? I've heard good things about the 3M kit, but I don't think the sanding/buffing pad they provide would fit into the corners of the headlights on my E90.

Glassylite kit:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical...on_p/50102.htm

Any other recommendations or suggestions?







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      09-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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Chemical guys has another video using a sandpaper, polish then sealant technique basically the same process but no kit. Just make sure you use tape to mask off any nearby paint.
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      09-27-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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Found it easier to take off the front bumper when I did mine. That way you don't have to worry about not getting the corners.
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Griots garage lens restore kit should do the trick its essentially two steps with them. Sand the shit out of the headlights then polish everything included in the kit.
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I have a friend that did the repair with toothpaste, don't quote me 100% on this one but i'm sure he didn't use anything else. plus it cost him like $2 lol!!

here is a vid

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The 3M headlight kit worked great for me, and it can be easily found at most auto parts stores. It comes with a drill attachment if you don't have a DA, including 500, 800, 1000, 3000 grit sandpapers, a heavy foam pad, and compound. It was around $20.
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I used the Sylvania kit on my wife's Civic. Worked great.
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I used the toothpaste method on my old car. Wet the lens, put on plenty of toothpaste and rub with a WET soft cloth. Keep spraying it with windex and rubbing until the toothpaste is gone. Don't rub it dry with grit still on it. It worked well.
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The 3M headlight kit worked great for me, and it can be easily found at most auto parts stores. It comes with a drill attachment if you don't have a DA, including 500, 800, 1000, 3000 grit sandpapers, a heavy foam pad, and compound. It was around $20.
i agree i used this to restore my wife's Volvo headlights they looked new when it was complete. just need to take your time, and spend extra time on the last 3 steps it will take them back to new.
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Most of the stuff out there works,yes, even toothpaste, buffers being quicker. Just remember to seal those headlight lenses afterwards! Don't forget you just took the sealer off of the entire lens.
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Most of the stuff out there works,yes, even toothpaste, buffers being quicker. Just remember to seal those headlight lenses afterwards! Don't forget you just took the sealer off of the entire lens.
Did you look at the pictures? There's no sealant left! Haha
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Toothpaste has abrasives so yes it does work but judging by the pictures of your headlights, you will likely need some sanding.
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brinkmann, have you used the glassylite product yet? I have a feeling this product will work well.

I like this product because it is different than anything else offered off the shelf; it has a true clear coat sealant they call a nanocoat. The sealant they provide is not a wax sealant like all the other companies.
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I used the 3M headlight restoration kit last year and worked good, the kit includes everything but a drill. But after a year or so I am starting to see some yellowish fading again. I wonder If I am due for another headlight job.
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I've had good luck with Wolfgang Plastic Headlight Lens Cleaning System. Its a 3 step process, cleaner, glaze and sealant. Seems to work very well and last a good amount of time.
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You may want to check this out: http://www.detailingspot.com/?page_id=277
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