There's many guides on google for headlight restoration....
the 3M works really well it made mine look almost new it took some time about 2 hours but it payed off and yes have a good drill you will need it and a bucket of water and some tape where you dont scuff your paint while cleaning your lights.....
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This has been covered here numerous times. The 3M Headlight restoration kit is highly regarded.
The key is to wet sand using progressively finer grits ending up with a 2000 grit sandpaper and then a final polishing with a plastic polish. Mask off the paint around the headlights with masking tape.
Get a bucket of water, a sanding block, pad or sponge and several grits of wet sandpaper such as: 300, 600, 1000, 1500, 2000.
Or just buy the 3M kit for around $20.
I wet sand by hand but then use a buffer/polisher for the final step with the liquid plastic polish.
They will look like new when done.
Last step regardless of process to there:
UV protection for your shiny renewed lenses. Some wax or apply synthetic wax. Some swear by Aerospace 303. Some spray with clear lacquer. Whatever you prefer, do something, or direct sunlight exposure will likely cause them to yellow and haze up more quickly the second time around.
I just restored mine with a Macguiers HD Kit from Wal-Mart for $25. Wicked good kit, came with microfiber towel, 1k & 3k sandpaper with applicator, plastic polish, and UV protectant. I was done in about an hour. You could never tell the car has 207k miles on it! lol
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4 days later after I did my headlights, even after the weather and heat of VA, I am still impressed.
I have to re-polish mine about twice a year. Even with my diligence of applying UV protection, I find they haze up after a few months. I think it has more to do with harsh car wash detergents than the sun - but is probably a combination of both (car wash removes the UV protection, sun does its damage)
I just used the Sylvania headlight kit and it worked great. I found the hand sanding method to work a lot better than the drill versions. This was the second time I've had to use a kit and the Slyvania worked a lot better than the first kit I used (can't remember which brand it was).