Headlight Restoration Kit from 3M and Pep Boys

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Did you know that October is is headlight safety month?? I just learned this myself! The condition of ones’ headlights is not often something we think about, is it? But we should! Dim headlights and hazy headlight lenses can reduce visibility on the road. As Daylight Savings time approaches in the next couple of weeks, and kids hit the streets for trick-or-treating, making sure your headlights afford you clear nighttime visibility is all the more important!

Another reason to keep up with the health of your headlights is that a car can actually fail its yearly inspection if the headlight lenses are in bad shape (at least here in Texas!). My neighbor actually commented the other day that he couldn’t believe my car passed inspection with the headlights looking the way they do! And you know? I had never really noticed. But once I did stop to take a look at my headlight lenses, I was astonished at how yellow and foggy they were.

Solutions for unclear headlights typically range from drill-based restoration systems to professional refurbishing that can cost more time and money than most of us can afford. I am a busy mom with little time to spend taking my car in to have the oil changed, let alone getting the headlights worked on! Happily, the 3M™ Headlight Restoration System offered by Pep Boys stores gives you the ability to do the work yourself in the comfort of your own garage or driveway, and it comes with peace of mind knowing that the potential for cracked headlights or damaged paint is drastically diminished compared to tool-based systems. The 3M kit requires no tools (just some elbow grease!) and comes at a fraction of the cost of professional cleanings.

This past week I had the opportunity to try this kit myself! 3M sent me a whole bucket of goodies, including tape, a tape dispenser, sticky notes, a sticky note dispenser, a whole collection of sponges, disinfectant wipes, a microfiber cloth, bandaids, a padded mailing envelope, a Command hook, and of course, the Headlight Lens Restoration Kit!

A couple of days ago Samuel and I decided to just dive in and try it out! I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fast it was!! I set Samuel up in the driveway with some toys, knowing I had limited time before he would demand my attention, and I got to work. I followed the very clear instructions, using the masking tape from my bucket of goodies to tape around the headlights, then I went through each step, sanding and buffing away.

Within 10 minutes time I stood back and was amazed at how different and CLEAR my headlight looked! In that instant, I was sold. I can hardly believe that years of wear and tear on my headlights were simply erased just like that! I have no doubt that the restored clarity of my yellowed, hazy, gross headlight lenses will make my night time driving all the safer!

Because the Headlight Restoration Kit works easily on most plastic lenses, including taillights, trailers, snowmobiles, emergency vehicles light bars, plastic motorcycle lights, I can’t wait to try it out on our car taillights, as well as our tractor and our trailer!

If you have yellow, hazy, dull headlight lenses, you can’t go wrong with this product! And when you get your kit, be sure to print out the $5.00 off mail in rebate that Pep Boys is offering through December!

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1 lucky winner will receive their own bucket of goodies from 3M, including the Headlight Restoration Kit!


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About the Author

Melanie is a happily married military wife and a first-time mom loving every minute of it....in spite of the lack of sleep! She lives in Texas where she works as a wedding and portrait photographer who avoids the outdoors during the months of June, July and August! She loves a good book, a cup of tea, puttering around in the garden, cooking and Texas thunderstorms that rattle the windows.


  1. Megan Cravens says:

    I would love these because my lights are awful! I have tried everything including toothpaste and nothings worked. I would love to try this!

  2. Megan Cravens says:

    I also liked pep boys.

  3. Angelic Moore says:

    This is so awesome. I just realized yesterday I have a headlight out, which i need to get fixed asap, and the lense looks foggy and yellowish white. Prefect timing to find this giveaway.. I would love to win this. I would love to make my hubby proud by taking care of it myself. He works so hard, I know something like this will make him smile.

  4. I could realy use this!

  5. I’d love to win this for my fiance – he loves making sure his car looks great!

  6. I like Pep Boys on Facebook.

  7. Candice D. says:

    My headlights are so bad right now. I would love to win to shine them up.

  8. D Schmidt says:

    I would like to win this because road safety is very important and this could come in really handy for my family.

  9. Candice D. says:

    I like Pep Boys on Facebook.

  10. My car’s headlights are cloudy.

  11. “Like” Pep Boys on Facebook.

  12. Teressa Morris says:

    I would like this because the headlights on my 2000 Grand Prix are so foggy that the light is now dimmer than it should be at night.

  13. Teressa Morris says:

    I liked Pep Boys on Facebook as Teressa Pence Morris.

  14. Paula Lee says:

    Our headlights are horrible! We have tried so many different things to polish them and nothing has worked :(

  15. Kayla rice says:

    I would love to win this. My headlights are awful. Great review. Thank you.

  16. Kayla rice says:

    I liked them on Facebook. Thank you.

  17. We could definitely use this for my husband’s truck headlights! He would love it!

  18. I liked Pep Boys on Facebook!

  19. barbara n says:

    My headlights need help!

  20. Christina Oddy says:

    My headlights are so dim, this would be great!

  21. Stephanie Behlen says:

    I would like to win this because my headlights suck maybe this would help brighten them up.

  22. Stephanie Behlen says:

    I liked pep boys on facebook

  23. my son works third shift and we live in a rural area with lots of animals – I would like him to be safe and clean off the headlights of the car

  24. “Like” Pep Boys on Facebook

  25. I would like to win this Headlight Restoration Kit for my husband’s car – as the headlights are exactly as pictured above (the before pic). This will definately improve visibility when driving at night.

  26. Liked Pep Boys on Facebook.

    My FB name: Sylvia Zamora Ortiz

  27. I would love to try this on my headlights! My car is getting up there in age and would love to see how the lights look new again!

  28. I need this so bad to use on my truck headlights. I’ve noticed the few times I’ve gone out at night that my lights don’t seem as bright and I’m sure it’s because the lights are dirty.This is such a great product to give as a giveaway. I’ve never seen something like this given away before. I wish more bloggers would give away car products more often. Thank you for the super great giveaway! :)

  29. I liked Pep Boys on FB :)

  30. I would love to win this because I love 3M Products, been using them for years, and I could really use some help getting my headlights truly clean. No amount of scrubbing can do the trick . TZhanks for the chance!

  31. I like Pep Boys on Facebook.

  32. Teresa Eskew says:

    Oh my. I could use the restoration kit. My 2004 (which I love) 4-Runner is going to be mine for many years to come. The lights are a dingy yellow. I have been wanting to find something to clean them. This would be my answer.

  33. Genevieve Larson says:

    I have 2 sons driving old cars. I would love to win this so they can clean up their headlights and hopefully have a safer ride.

  34. I would love to win this because it would be nice to freshen up my headlights before it becomes dark all the time.

  35. “Like” Pep Boys on Facebook

  36. I would like to win this for my son, who asked me to “win something for me”. this would be perfect.

  37. I liked pep boys on facebook

  38. Ruth Anderson says:

    I need all the help I can get ,I lost my husband of 58 yrs to kidney cancer and he always took very good care of our truck .I have a son next door. that helps me ,but as he works long hours sometimes little things get passed over.

  39. I would love to win this so I can see better driving in the dark. I don’t really like driving in the dark anyway and with hazy headlights lenses it just makes it worse.

  40. Andrea Williams says:

    I can’t remember ever cleaning my headlights. This would be wonderful!

  41. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    This would make a great gift for hubby this year he would love this! and i know are lights are in need of this lol

  42. neva hurlbut says:

    My headlights are cloudy and awful.

  43. neva hurlbut says:

    I like pepboys on FB

  44. Carrie Phelps says:

    The second picture you have posted is exactly what my headlights look like! Coincidently tonight I went out to get gas before the storm and as I was pulling out of the gas station someone started flashing their lights at me. I checked and my lights were on but I think it’s because they need so badly to be cleaned! Thanks for this great opportunity!!

  45. Carrie Phelps says:

    I follow Pep Boys on Facebook; Carrie Phelps

  46. My daughter is about to get her license and I want the headlights on her 8 yr old car to be nice and bright!

  47. I would like to win this headlight kit, because my oldest is getting his license and own car soon and I want him to be as safe as possible

  48. I like pep boys on facebook

  49. Love to win this because last car I had I couldnt get the lenses clean and my son hit a deer because of poor vision

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  50. Liked pep boys on FB

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  51. I’d like to win because my daughters’ car is a 1998 car, and the headlights are hazy. I didn’t know they could be clear!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  52. I “Like” Pep Boys on Facebook
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  53. Austin Baroudi says:

    I want this because my girlfriends headlights are in desperate need of restoration and I would love to surprise her with this!

  54. Austin Baroudi says:

    Liked Pep Boys on Facebook as Austin Baroudi.

  55. Lena Naef says:

    My husband has a long commute to work and the headlights on his car are awful! I’d like to win this so he could stay safe on the road!

  56. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d love to win because my headlights could use a makeover! They’re not as bright as they should be at night!

  57. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I like Pep Boys on facebook!

  58. penelope merriweather says:

    I would love this for my lights because I travel a lot between Texas and Missouri to visit my family and they could really use this help!! Thanks for this giveaway!!

  59. Janet Vickers says:

    Because I need to update my headlights to see better.

  60. Janet Vickers says:

    I liked pep boys on facebook

  61. The headlights on both hubby’s and my cars are awful! It would be wonderful to win a headlight restoration kit!

  62. Joni Owada says:

    I just looked at our headlights and they are foggy…this would be so good to get fixed before the winter hits us too hard!

  63. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    Oh I’d love to win because my husband’s car is a 2002, and desperately needs the headlights RESTORED…he eventually wants to trade it in and doesn’t want to drop a lot of money on the actual lights though, so a restoration kit would be amazing! Thanks so much for the giveaway, crossing my fingers! =)

  64. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I liked pep boys on facebook stephanie hirsch

  65. Dree Getz says:

    We have an older car and I would love to restore the headlights.

  66. Dree Getz says:

    I like Pep Boys on facebook

  67. Candice Cannon says:

    I have a difficult enough time driving on the roads at night. This sure seems to make a difference in the headlights you pictured. I certainly appreciate the chance to win one of these kits so I can try it myself on our vehicles.

  68. Heather Zeh says:

    My headlights look like that and I never knew this existed, I gotta try it! I love 3m products!

  69. Heather Zeh says:

    fan of Pep Boys on fb! Heather Strouse Zeh

  70. Charlotte Raynor says:

    That looks like a great product. Thanks for the review! :-)

  71. Our older car could use some TLC on the right front head light and bumper so this would be very helpful!

  72. I’d like to win because my husband and I have been discussing that we need to do this to our van. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Angela Patton says:

    My poor old car reaaallllllyyyyyyy needs this. My husband is not the fiixit man, so we take our car to have everything repaired. I think that I can do this without the maintenance fee!!!

  74. I would love to win this to fix my Mom’s headlights so she’ll be safer driving at night!
    Thank You!

  75. Liked Pep Boys on Facebook! as Sharon Braswell
    Thank You!

  76. Jennifer Johnson says:

    My husband has an older car that has yucky headlights. This kit would be perfect to make his drive safer.

  77. I would love this because my headlights are quite awful and I’m trying to get the most out of my car. This could go a long way!

  78. My husband’s the car guy, but I might surprise him with rejuvinated headlights.

  79. I have used the restoration kit and it works great. I would like to win it to give to my grandmother she was wanting to try it.

  80. A guy I dated swore by this kit, and I’ve wanted to try it. I didn’t really need it until recently, but it’s starting to look like I do.

  81. I liked Pep Boys on Facebook as Dani Freeman.

  82. Heather N. says:

    Love your review since we have debated whether to buy one of these kits since our headlights are getting bad on two of our vehicles (10+ year old truck and van).

  83. Jenna M Wood says:

    We have a 1989 Oldsmobile Ciera…enough said.

    askandilltell86 at aol.com

  84. Heather R says:

    My husband has an older vehicle and it would be great to get his headlights looking like new!

  85. Heather R says:

    I “Like” Pep Boys on Facebook

  86. Kelli Taylor says:

    I would love to try this on my car. My friend just paid her auto repair shop to do the same thing….she could have saved some bucks with this kit.

  87. I would love this for my car!

  88. A couple of weeks ago I noticed how cloudy my headlights are. I am pretty concerned about it so this would be perfect timing, especially since I help run my grand kids around.

  89. I would love to try this!

  90. “Liked” Pep Boys on Facebook

  91. We have older vehicles and they can use all the help they can get!

  92. my headlights are horrible

  93. Shara Toennies says:

    I’d love to win this kit because my car is finally paid off and I need to make sure she last many more years!

  94. I would like to win this so we can make our vehicles safer for us & our kids.

  95. As we all do…. I worry about my daughter. Her headlights are terrible and I would love to make her driving safer. This would be great !

  96. Corey Olomon says:

    My headlights are seemly awful!

  97. Corey Olomon says:

    I liked PB on Facebook.

  98. beth clark says:

    I think it would help to see better at night.

  99. Katy Dutcher says:

    It would be great to try !

  100. Jocelyn A. says:

    I am not even sure if our headlights are bad, but our van is almost 10 years old, so they probably are! It would be great to try this on them!

  101. Marisa Johnson says:

    I would really love to win this because for the past couple of weeks, my hubby has been on a kick about wanting to find out how to clean the lights to our car! I would love to surprise him with this. Now, I know that Pep Boys has things to help. Thank you so much.

  102. Lyn Kelley says:

    We could really use this prize! I have problems seeing after dark when driving and maybe this would help a little to clean our lights well. And this is something I could actually do myself lol

  103. kasey longley says:

    I need to win because my headlights are disgusting! Also, I liked pepeboys!

  104. Lyn Kelley says:

    I like Pep Boys on FB :) (Lynee Kelley)

  105. I would love to win because I need all of the help I can get cleaning the lights of my Van. Most of the roads where I live have no street lights so it;s difficult to see the road with my old and cloudy head lights.

  106. I like pep boys on fb

  107. I would like to win this so I can restore my wife’s car’s headlights.

  108. My headlights could really use this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. I need this! I pretty much can’t see out my headlights anymore.

  110. This looks like a cool product, and I’d always rather try something out for free!

  111. Andrea milam says:

    I would like to win the headlight repair kit for my car. It will make the headlight shine brighter and will look nicer too. Thanks!!

  112. Darlene W. says:

    Would love to win this, Our headlights look awful.

  113. my head light really needs to be done i can hardly see at ngiht with them, and winning this would be great

  114. like PB on facebook-lmurley2000

  115. I would love to win this. My cars headlights are just starting to look milky and gross. With the time change I will be driving at night with little ones in the car. Anything to keep them safe!

  116. I like Pep Boys on FB

  117. We were just talking about how cloudy our headlights look! I would love to give this a try!

  118. kemberley crosswhite says:

    i would love to win this b/c my hubby has been meaning to buy this for months lol

  119. kemberley crosswhite says:

    i like pep boys on fb

  120. Racquel S says:

    My husband hates that our headlights get so foggy so he wold love to get this and he would use it!

  121. This would be a great gift for my step dad!

  122. I would love to win this headlight restoration kit because my husband is a car enthusiast. He’s always tinkering with his two vehicles, detailing them, etc. This would make a great addition to his Christmas gifts. Thanks for the great give-a-way. I liked PepBosy on FB by the name of Ke Ship.

  123. Jenn Dartmann says:

    I would love to win this to help my car become safer for my daughter and I. I also liked pepboys

  124. We have old cars and I would love to get the headlights fixed up.

  125. Trudy Choate says:

    I would love to win the restoration kit because it is deer season and no telling whats gonna happen.. Also love the goodies

  126. Trudy Choate says:

    I liked Pep Boys on Facebook. Thank you

  127. my sister could really use this – her headlights are pretty dirty.

  128. Diana Hatch says:

    We definitely could use this! Have one car with headlights that don’t seem bright enough

  129. My sons 12 year old cars headlight lenses are in dire need of “unclouding” and this would be great!

  130. Would love to win this for you car with over 250,000 miles on it and still running.

  131. Andrea Reaves says:

    I would love to win this cuz my headlights are terrible and I live in oregon and with all the rain we constantly have to have our lights on.

  132. Andrea Reaves says:

    I liked pepboys on facebook

  133. My hubby and i both have old cars….and our headlites could surely use this! cassiemdowatgmaildotcom

  134. liked pep boys on fb (cassie M Dow) cassiemdowatgmaildotcom

  135. Amy Honious says:

    i would love to win this for my 19 yr old daughter. it would help her and her older car! thanks

  136. Amy Honious says:

    i liked pep boys on fb. thanks!

  137. Trung Nguyen says:

    I’d love to replace my headlights, which are so old.

  138. Trung Nguyen says:

    I like Pep Boys on FB (trung nguyen)

  139. Deb Anderson says:

    I want to win because my car is a 1993 Toyota with about 250,000 miles on it! Yes! So I can’t imagine the difference this kit might make to my headlights. I have noticed that it seems a little more difficult to see at night, but I thought that was just me. :)

  140. Nan Bixby says:

    Would love to win this for my daughter’s car. Her headlights are so dim that I am worried about her driving at night.

  141. I have a teen and a husband who are car geeks! They could fight over this one!

  142. Harriett Daniel says:

    I would love to win b/c it is hard to see at night!

  143. I need to reo my lights they are so bad and this would help

  144. Harriett Daniel says:

    I like Pep Boys on FB!

  145. I NEED to get brighter shine from my lights!

  146. Shelly Baker says:

    Hi Melanie, My husband and I were just talking about our headlights on the used car we just recently bought about how bad the covers were. We were going to have to research on how to clean them so that the lights would be brighter and we would be safer. As I was going through my emails I can across my Giveaways from Tight Wad in Utah and found yours. If I dont win the the 3M kit here I will be purchasing it to clean my headlights to make our driving safer. Thanks for Sharing.

  147. maria alvarado says:

    I liked pep boys in facebook.

  148. Shelly Baker says:

    I also like Pep Boys on Facebook.

  149. maria alvarado says:

    I’ve tried toothpaste, grinding it-just a small section, perfessional but it did not work. I am hoping this will diffently help and i can purchase for my daughters car.

  150. Heather Wone says:

    I would love to win this for my husband! He works on his car as a hobby, this would be a great new project for him to attempt!

  151. Heather Wone says:

    Liked pep boys on Facebook!

  152. Brandi Gordon says:

    I would LOVE to win this headlight kit. I’ve seen them advertised on tv before and have always been curious. My headlights could totally use a cleaning and I would love to try this out!!

  153. Brandi Gordon says:

    I also “liked” Pep Boys on Facebook =)

  154. Kristie D. says:

    I would like to win this so my husband can drive safely back and forth to work. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  155. Kristie D. says:

    Like Pep Boys on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  156. I think my car could really use this….

  157. like pep boys on FB(carole c)

  158. I would love the kit because my headlights are needed some love!

  159. I never knew they sold kits like this. Thanks for the review.

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