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Old 21 Aug 2015, 09:52 am
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Hi everybody,

Had anyone used a product like this before? It's a clear, vinyl sheet that you install on top of your headlight housing to prevent yellowing, scratching etc.
Would this be a good alternative to keeping your headlights looking good, as opposed to clear coating them after using ScratchX or similar products on them

Or, would you still clearcoat and then also add this product?

Anybody have 1st hand experience? Is it worth it?

XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 10:22 am
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It doesn't claim any UV protection... the only 'anti-yellowing' properties of this would be a side effect of it providing a physical barrier against your actual UV-protecting clearcoat (if you have one) being chipped off by flying sand and rocks.


But I don't have a whole lot of rock chips on my headlights!!

So I would call snake oil on this product...
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 12:20 pm
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It doesn't claim any UV protection... the only 'anti-yellowing' properties of this would be a side effect of it providing a physical barrier against your actual UV-protecting clearcoat (if you have one) being chipped off by flying sand and rocks.


But I don't have a whole lot of rock chips on my headlights!!

So I would call snake oil on this product...
Good call! I totally overlooked the lack of claim of UV protection which is what I'm after.

Way to go! This is for you
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 01:17 pm
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I use to install "clear" bra's and went to 3m training seminar to learn how to apply them successfully.
I would always recommend 3m products over most all other as they are easy to work with have the best technical service available in the business and in the case of UV protection the 3M Scotchcal is optically clear and guaranteed for life.

The only thing however is I highly recommend to buy new headlights and then install the clear protection. Other wise just do the normal reconditioning finish and seal your work with simple rattle can clears or what prefer to use U-Pol products. i.e. U-Pol Clear #1 - High Gloss‎


On another subject may I suggest to use this **method of referencing what you want instead of the http like you did. If the advertiser changes the ad in any way your http referance will no longer be seen. After a while that starts placing missing items all over the forum.

**THIS:
XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

Instead of :

XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

or

XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit
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Actually I think it would work. But it would likely turn yellow itself. Plus you have to polish. If your clearing. Need only sand and mask off and spray your clear.
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 01:26 pm
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I use to install "clear" bra's and went to 3m training seminar to learn how to apply them successfully.
I would always recommend 3m products over most all other as they are easy to work with have the best technical service available in the business and in the case of UV protection the 3M Scotchcal is optically clear and guaranteed for life.

The only thing however is I highly recommend to buy new headlights and then install the clear protection. Other wise just do the normal reconditioning finish and seal your work with simple rattle can clears or what prefer to use U-Pol products. i.e. U-Pol Clear #1 - High Gloss‎


On another subject may I suggest to use this **method of referencing what you want instead of the http like you did. If the advertiser changes the ad in any way your http referance will no longer be seen. After a while that starts placing missing items all over the forum.

**THIS:
XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

Instead of :

XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

or

XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit
Your example
**THIS:
XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

is not a hyperlink. The purpose of adding the url to my post is so folks can see what I'm talking about. Is there a way that your example can work as a hyperlink to the site/page?
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Your example
**THIS:
XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

is not a hyperlink. The purpose of adding the url to my post is so folks can see what I'm talking about. Is there a way that your example can work as a hyperlink to the site/page?
Not really as I said many time they will eventually leave a hole in the threads info in the future.
I would have said:

"ID CARD is selling this: XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit"

The reader would have searched: ID CARD XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit, and gone right to it even if the original http address was changed.
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 01:40 pm
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Not really as I said many time they will eventually leave a hole in the threads info in the future.
I would have said:

"ID CARD is selling this: XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit"

The reader would have searched: ID CARD XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit, and gone right to it even if the original http address was changed.
I'd rather just use the hyperlink then and, when the time comes that it is no longer valid, so be it.
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I'd rather just use the hyperlink then and, when the time comes that it is no longer valid, so be it.

LOL I maybe you should .

I can't say I don't always do it myself.
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LOL I maybe you should .

I can't say I don't always do it myself.
I was just thinking about it and, quite honestly, when someone does want info about a particular item on a forum, I do prefer that there is a hyperlink so that it can be clicked and the info is there, rather than having to copy and paste the description and search for it.

On the other hand, I agree that it is frustrating when you click on hyperlinks of older threads, and they lead nowhere.

Perhaps doing both is good, for instance, in this case, something like this?

ID CARD XPELŽ - Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit
XPELŽ - Chrysler PT Cruiser 2002 Headlight and Fog Light Protection Kit

Maybe it's a bit redundant?
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