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unimatrizxer0 01-06-2012 11:14 PM

Protection for headlights?
 
Just curious how many of you get protection for your headlights and if its worth it. Have an appointment tomorrow to get Lamin-x or clearshield on my headlights and kind of having second thoughts.

kkreit01 01-06-2012 11:44 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
I've heard of some issues in certain applications. Some lenses get too hot, and start spider-cracking. I know this is an issue on 2nd gen Sport Tracs (a previous ride). You might want to google. LaminX won't buy you a new lense if is does crack. I'd check/ask your local shop for warranty/liability.

I've used Lamin-X on fogs (2 cars) with no issues.

Lingohocken 01-06-2012 11:58 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
We've used 3M clear film, like on bras. Obviously it can handle only so much, but apparently it filters UV rays and helps the plastic avoid discoloration and hairline scratching.

Only had it a couple of months, but so far, so good, and it's cheap and shouldn't cause lamp heating.

SvenskaJeepGuy 01-07-2012 12:29 AM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
i have never protected my headlights and i have also never had any damage to them. i drive about 20k a year and i live in an area where tons of road salt is used, i have paint chips from the salt but nada on the headlights.

unimatrizxer0 01-07-2012 10:23 AM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SvenskaJeepGuy (Post 547365)
i have never protected my headlights and i have also never had any damage to them. i drive about 20k a year and i live in an area where tons of road salt is used, i have paint chips from the salt but nada on the headlights.

So you've never had to worry about your headlights getting hazy or yellowing after a few years?


Edit: I saw someone recommending this product (Wolfgang Plastik Surface Sealant) some where else if your headlights still look new. It's some kind of sealant.

http://www.wolfgangcarcare.com/plast...e-sealant.html

Lingohocken 01-07-2012 11:42 AM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by unimatrizxer0 (Post 547520)
So you've never had to worry about your headlights getting hazy or yellowing after a few years?

If you're going to keep your vehicle for several years or less, likely you don't need anything to protect your plastic headlight lenses except, of course, from high-velocity flying stones (bra film helps with lesser pebbles). But after a decade or so, all clear front lenses tend to fog up and get scratched and pitted. This causes the headlight beam to disperse outside its desired pattern, and the lenses start looking dull and milky or yellowish.

Even then, there are headlight lens polish kits to buff them (carefully) to their former glory, so it's not a big deal.

Chi-One 01-07-2012 09:07 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
On a previous vehicle, I used XPel from autosportcatalog.com. due to all the highway driving I did. They're custom fit and much thicker than film. Worked great.

Cherodude 01-07-2012 10:00 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
I've had 3M film on the headlights for 10 months. Still looks brand new. No problems so far.

driver354 01-13-2012 01:12 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
Just for hazing and yellowing, I use Klasse, and keep the cars garaged. Worked so far.

robpp 01-13-2012 01:16 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
when my bra was done I had them do the complete front of the vehicle and that included the headlights. i never had an issue.

JVBW0527 01-13-2012 02:36 PM

Re: Protection for headlights?
 
when i first got my jeep i was thinking of getting some kind of protection for the headlights and fogs as well. But then again, my previous car i had for over 4 years and whe i got rid of it the headlights still looked new, and i do alot of highway driving. (car had 80,000 miles on when i got rid of it) the fog lights looked a little pitted but not to bad

so i ended up not getting anything for the jeep


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