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Old 13 Jul 2012, 12:07 pm
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Default Head Light protection

After about a year in my cruiser, I had some water get in the inside of my headlights. Since then, they have completely fogged over. NOTE: Inside, so you would have to take the whole light apart to use a 3M kit.

Hasn't really been a problem for me, but now that we are in CT, it is much darker here at night and I have finally paid the $80 to get a new set of lights. I am going to go ahead and use a high temp sealant on the seams as well, but wanted some other suggestions or input.

I am also thinking of putting one of those clear protectors on the lens. Seems to work well on my Droid, so why not on my cruiser. Any suggestions with those, either?
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Old 13 Jul 2012, 12:22 pm
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Default Re: Head Light protection

Don't think I've hears of anyone with water in the headlights. Doesn't mean there aren't any but most owners have problems with the taillights. Won't hurt to seal the new lights but I think you were unlucky to get a pair that let water in.

I have put the clear protection on my wife's KIA (traded it in now) only because the headlights were big and cost nearly $300 to replace so wanted some protection. It was thick clear material that needed to be heated up to form correctly to the light. There are other kind that protect the light from going dull but they aren't thick and will still let a rock break the glass.
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Old 14 Jul 2012, 04:07 pm
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Lovin' my 3rd PT with 3M or Expel head light protection film.
But, if I alread had a leak in a headlam....personally I would replace it. Then be sure to put on protective film.
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 09:48 pm
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I got the new lights in yesterday and will be doing a lens cover. Do you reckon they'd have them at a local parts store or am I visiting Ebay?
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 10:19 pm
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XPEL FTW

XPEL Head Light Protection
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Old 24 Jul 2012, 09:57 pm
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WARNING!
Be sure that your headlights are cool when applying 3M or Expel!
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Old 24 Jul 2012, 10:31 pm
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Seems it's almost as much as new headlights?

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Old 25 Aug 2012, 10:09 pm
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Wrong!
Unless you enjoy refinishing/polishing your head lights every couple of years.
And, 3M and XPel was designed as a coating for lenses and glasses for our troops overseas.
It was designed to protect from shrapnel and small projectiles up to 120mph.
There are many posts on this forum about someone getting a crack and moisture inside their lights.
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Old 26 Aug 2012, 04:43 pm
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The head light lens should be polycarbonate and not need protection. When I got my Forester the salesman said fitting covers on the fog lights was a good idea as they have glass lens, but a waste on the headlights as they were poly carbonate. Having seen polycarbonate used as shatterproof mirrors instead of glass.
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