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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sun, Apr-28-2019, 06:56:30 PM   #1
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Default New headlight protection cover

I'm installing a set of new euro headlights (AL/Magneti) and fog lights (lens are broken on my old ones).

Should I have either of these protected with a plastic wrap? I can see the fog lights. What about the headlights?

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I would.
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I like the lamin-x. Had it for over 10 years on a set of lights.
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Thanks. I was just making sure I didn't do something stupid. I'll get some wrap applied before I install them.
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They are glass right? How is it going to protect?

I’m not familiar with these protection films.

Will such a layer protect against stone impacts?
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They are glass right? How is it going to protect?

I’m not familiar with these protection films.

Will such a layer protect against stone impacts?
Yes, both are glass. I think they protect mainly against micro-pitting of the glass surface from road material and sun damage (especially plastic lens I'd guess). I'm not sure how much protection they provide from a full on stone hit. Some I'm sure. I see them advertised as protecting against stone hits.
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Yes, both are glass. I think they protect mainly against micro-pitting of the glass surface from road material and sun damage (especially plastic lens I'd guess). I'm not sure how much protection they provide from a full on stone hit. Some I'm sure. I see them advertised as protecting against stone hits.
Andrei (Toodaloo) is working on properly cut pieces for euro glass. The ones offered ball short on the edges. You end up with frosted rock chip edges after many years of use.
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Andrei (Toodaloo) is working on properly cut pieces for euro glass. The ones offered ball short on the edges. You end up with frosted rock chip edges after many years of use.


Thanks Bret. I was thinking I’d just drop off at one of the professional install shops nearby and have them do it. Is it easy to do on your own?


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The ones I have worked great. 90k miles of driving over 10+ years. They are thick enough to protect against anything but a big rock. Yes, the edges are not covered but it’s hard to protect corners and there is also no reason to bother.
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