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      01-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #1
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protecting new oem headlights?

Hey everyone, My car was in a small fender bender... long story short, my collision guy squeezed new headlights out of the insurance co (sweet!)which is awesome because my lenses were really shot.

I can't wait to get the car back, it is really going to look new.

But I want to keep the headlights from getting funky.

Should I do opticoat on them, or some other sealant? Clear film?

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I've had clear film on mine for 7 years and they look perfect
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I heard 3M Scotchguard Pro film is the bestest.
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I've had clear film on mine for 7 years and they look perfect
I ordered lamin x, that should do the trick.
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XPEL Self healing the best
Their headlight protection is $70 for headlights and fogs. That actually not bad considering the price of something like opticoat for the headlights. Seems like this would last much longer than opticoat too.

Do you have it?
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i don't have xpel on my car caz the time i had to do clear bra for my car i didn't know about xpel. i have 3M Clear on headlights, bumper, hood. fenders
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Wow SHEEDI your ride looks awesome with the clear bra protection. How has it hold up since you've had it installed? Does it really heal itself when scratched or hit with stones from the road? Do you have the entire hood covered?
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Some may consider it overkill, but applying film like Xpel and then a coating such as 22PLE or GlossCoat would be the best protection. The film will protect the lenses against pitting and cracking due to road debris and the coating will give it some gloss, keep it cleaner (especially the edges of the film) and make it much easier to clean/wash. If you can find a good local detail shop they may do both for you for $100-150 on brand new headlights, which is a pretty good deal.

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Wow SHEEDI your ride looks awesome with the clear bra protection. How has it hold up since you've had it installed? Does it really heal itself when scratched or hit with stones from the road? Do you have the entire hood covered?
Thanks, I don't have self healing clear bra, its regular 3M and its been 2 years, Xpel Ultimate is the one with self healing.

Hood and fenders are partially covered and all clear bra pieces I coated with Carpro CQUARTZ

OP, if I were you and would have some $$ to spend on the car and wanted to keep the car for many years then this is what I would do.

1. Paint correction entire car
2. Coated entire exterior with Carpro CQUARTZ or any other coating of your choice.
3. Buy & install pre-cute Clear bra from Xpel or 3M to cover entire hood, fenders and front bumpers. "I did applied pre-cuts on my car and it was hard to do, took my time and did that "saved $$"
4. Coat clear bra with Cquartz again.

This way, there would be protection coat between clear bra and paint and clear bra also would be coated with another layer of protection, you got the idea OP?
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