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Old 02-04-2016, 11:06 AM
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thoughts on clear adhesive light protection films?

I was considering getting something to protect my2016 535ix fog lights from pitting. Winter sand on the highway, etc.


Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on using the thick vinyl like films available to reduce most sand and pebble impact?

Are there other options to the adhesive vinyl types?

My concerns are long term yellowing and inability to remove periodically to preserve relative lens clarity.

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I've used the thick films on headlights with no issues. Bavauto sells them. I'm considering Xpel Ultimate for the front of my F10 including the headlights, foglights, mirrors and bumper.
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:45 PM
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Laminix does a good job. I had it on my '13 535 and no issues while the windshield was pitted with millions of little dots.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:19 PM
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thanks!!!
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:49 AM
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thoughts on clear adhesive light protection films?

Had them on every car for 15 years now. Highly recommended. I had a conversation with a film rep once that they aren't doing thick films on headlights anymore because it's unnecessary now that there are no glass lenses. In going from memory but I think I used to use 40mil film in light units and started getting 8mil or possibly 20. The 40 mil was still available special order and the company took car of me.

I used 3m films cut with Xpel patterns by an authorized Xpel local dealer.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:48 AM
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I've had amber colored film on my fogs on my 2012 VW GLI Autobahn since it was new, have about 60,000 miles on it and the film still looks like it did when it was put on.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:58 AM
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you menyion amber (vs yellow)
to me this is decidedly orangish in tint

if so, how does this
color perform in fog?
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I called it amber, but it is probably more yellow. It works well and hides color difference in light color between fogs and headlights.
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