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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Sun, May-13-2018, 01:34:52 PM   #1
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Default Anyone use headlight lense film?

Hi guysÖ im curious if anyone is using any type of headlight lense film besides lamin-x? I know most would say its not needed but i prefer to run them to protect from pitting. However i notice that the lamin x films appear to be wavy at certain viewing angles and id like to get away from this. Are there any films that dont give the wavy or rippled affect and have a true clear unoticable look?


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I believe that all films will look the same unless you wet sand them but even though I don’t think they will be 100% flat.
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Default Re: Anyone use headlight lense film?

For what it's worth, that looks like a particularly bad install of Lamin-X or maybe one that hasn't fully cured yet. I've had it on my headlights, corners, and fogs for almost 5 years and while there's definitely some minor wavy-ness, it looks nothing like that.
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Default Anyone use headlight lense film?

I use XPEL Ultimate on my whole front end (hood, fenders, bumper) including lens covers. Itís held up great over three years of daily duties including snow, so far. Lots of highway road trips and being blasted by an assortment of road debris. Never had an issue so far. The cool thing is the film is self healing once it warms up or you pour hot ďto the touchĒ water over it. Although if something large enough hits it to take a little chunk out that isnít healing but the film is pretty thick to absorb high impact energy pretty decently.

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I have it on my fog lenses - and there is no orange peel.
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I use XPEL Ultimate on my whole front end (hood, fenders, bumper) including lens covers. Itís held up great over three years of daily duties including snow, so far. Lots of highway road trips and being blasted by an assortment of road debris. Never had an issue so far. The cool thing is the film is self healing once it warms up or you pour hot ďto the touchĒ water over it. Although if something large enough hits it to take a little chunk out that isnít healing but the film is pretty thick to absorb high impact energy pretty decently.

You beat me to it. I have Expel film on my headlight lenses and it works great! I bought new lenses two years ago and installed the film then and the lenses still look exactly the same. I daily drive my car so it gets tested regularly.

I had Lamin X film previously and had the same issues. It was slightly tinted film.



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Looks really good! Is that it:


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Default Re: Anyone use headlight lense film?

I donít know much about the non-Ultimate film in terms of thickness, gloss properties. But Iíd spend the extra in Ultimate so even if you mar it with swirls, itíll just self heal and return back to a mirror finish.
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Looks great Wolf!

I always wanted to do this but held off bcs new lenses are so cheap and easy to replace. But with how nice these clear films have become I might as well do it next time I change the lense.
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Thank you all for your replies.


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For what it's worth, that looks like a particularly bad install of Lamin-X or maybe one that hasn't fully cured yet. I've had it on my headlights, corners, and fogs for almost 5 years and while there's definitely some minor wavy-ness, it looks nothing like that.

Ive had these on for over a year now so its not a curing issue. All the water was pushed out after install with the card laminx privides. Im wondering if its an issue with slightly tinted films?

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I use XPEL Ultimate on my whole front end (hood, fenders, bumper) including lens covers. Itís held up great over three years of daily duties including snow, so far. Lots of highway road trips and being blasted by an assortment of road debris. Never had an issue so far. The cool thing is the film is self healing once it warms up or you pour hot ďto the touchĒ water over it. Although if something large enough hits it to take a little chunk out that isnít healing but the film is pretty thick to absorb high impact energy pretty decently.


That looks really clearÖ thats what im looking for.

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I have it on my fog lenses - and there is no orange peel.
Im not saying you dont have it but the fog lenses would be much harder to see wavyness im assuming. Since the sit lower on the carÖ film covers a much smaller area and the actuall oem fog glass is sorta different then headlight lenses.

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You beat me to it. I have Expel film on my headlight lenses and it works great! I bought new lenses two years ago and installed the film then and the lenses still look exactly the same. I daily drive my car so it gets tested regularly.

I had Lamin X film previously and had the same issues. It was slightly tinted film.



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So you was experiencing the same thing with laminx SLIGHTLY TINTED flim? I cant really see it in your pic. Im asking cause im using that exact same film with it being slightly tinted.

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I donít know much about the non-Ultimate film in terms of thickness, gloss properties. But Iíd spend the extra in Ultimate so even if you mar it with swirls, itíll just self heal and return back to a mirror finish.
If this is the case and its truely clear without the wavyness then im game.

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I believe that all films will look the same unless you wet sand them but even though I donít think they will be 100% flat.
If this is the case and they all have that then i wont be getting any type of film for the lenses.
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