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Old 06-15-2019, 06:15 AM   #1
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Recommendation for headlight protection

I'm trying to keep my headlights in new condition for years to come. Has anyone used protective films on headlights? Seems like a good way to prevent the OEM UV coatings from wearing off over the miles. I've found Xpel, 3M, and Lamin-X. Anyone have any experience with these, or should I just get the cheapest of the three?
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:53 PM   #2
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I'm trying to keep my headlights in new condition for years to come. Has anyone used protective films on headlights? Seems like a good way to prevent the OEM UV coatings from wearing off over the miles. I've found Xpel, 3M, and Lamin-X. Anyone have any experience with these, or should I just get the cheapest of the three?
I recommend Expel. Have it on my headlights for over two years. The film is very thick and will protect your headlights from all sorts of rocks and debris that gets thrown on them.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:18 AM   #3
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I recommend Expel. Have it on my headlights for over two years. The film is very thick and will protect your headlights from all sorts of rocks and debris that gets thrown on them.
Did you happen to install yourself? I wonder if the thicker film is difficult to work with...
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:05 AM   #4
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Did you happen to install yourself? I wonder if the thicker film is difficult to work with...
Definitely difficult to work with. A heatgun is highly recommended. I did it myself and it took quite a while to get perfect results. Save yourself the frustration and have a professional do the installation for you. I think it is around $150 vs. $70 if you do it yourself.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:54 AM   #5
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I used Lamin-X. Installed myself, a heat gun would have made it easier. 2 years and still looks perfect.
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Old 06-29-2019, 12:52 AM   #6
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Ended up going with the Lamin-X kit. The first light had a few bubbles, the second one went on perfectly. However after a few days they both look great. Pretty easy install.
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Old 06-29-2019, 05:39 PM   #7
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I put the 3M film on my car 3 years ago and they still look great, install was pretty easy for a first timer. It's a thin, stretchy film and bubbles rub out easily.
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Thumbs down

Well I can't recommend the Lamin-X. Shortly after installing I noticed a few sparkles at the very bottom of the headlights. Didn't think much of it. Now not even a month later there are cracks all along the bottom half inch or so of both lenses.
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Did you happen to install yourself? I wonder if the thicker film is difficult to work with...
Lamin-x is thick, but the install is easy. Take your time with it and you'll be good to go.
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