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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.

I got the 3M film at InvisibleMask.com, was around $35 IIRC.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:57 AM   #8
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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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Old 07-21-2019, 05:23 AM   #9
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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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Old 07-23-2019, 06:02 PM   #10
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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.
Doesn't sound like it has much if anything to do with the film itself. Installing a film isn't going to break your headlight lenses.
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:41 AM   #11
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Guess it could be a coincidence. Six months of pristine headlights and then they both develop cracks within a week of installing the Lamin-X?

It seems there are a few cases across the internet. The theory seems to be that the Lamin-X film somehow impedes the heating/cooling and thus the expansion/ contraction of the headlights which leads to cracking.

I don't know exactly what occurred, but the results suck.
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Old 07-26-2019, 04:42 PM   #12
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Guess it could be a coincidence. Six months of pristine headlights and then they both develop cracks within a week of installing the Lamin-X?

It seems there are a few cases across the internet. The theory seems to be that the Lamin-X film somehow impedes the heating/cooling and thus the expansion/ contraction of the headlights which leads to cracking.

I don't know exactly what occurred, but the results suck.
OP and others, don't use Lamin-x. Vmax and I both found out the hard way.
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Doesn't sound like it has much if anything to do with the film itself. Installing a film isn't going to break your headlight lenses.

Your are 100% wrong. It absolutely does cause the lenses to crack. Very well documented on car forums all over the internet. Not specific to GTI's
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:07 PM   #13
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Having a car with 29k miles on it, I'm considering doing Expel. However, I've noticed my headlights are already lightly peppered with rock knicks which are really only noticeable when the headlights are on. As far as the UV protection, I would think any coating would help.
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Old 07-30-2019, 06:08 PM   #14
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Oh no I recently installed Lamin x on my Osrams. I better take them off this weekend.
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Old 07-30-2019, 06:11 PM   #15
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Oh no I recently installed Lamin x on my Osrams. I better take them off this weekend.
Not sure if it depends on manufacturer of the lights, but with Osrams I wouldn't risk it. Those things are pricey.
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Old 07-30-2019, 06:46 PM   #16
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my money is on the adhesive used by lamin-x attacks/embrittles the polycarb lenses. sorry to hear OP.
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