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Old 01-31-2013, 11:31 PM
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Anyone done it or had it done?

I'm noticing a few pits and kind of regret not putting it on earlier. I have two options:
1.) Expel (done by myself)
2.) 3M Clear Bra (done at a shop)

If I do it myself, I can save half the cost but I'm not sure if its worth it. Anyone had it done or done it themselves and can give me some input? BTW I have the quad headlights.
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When I had 3-M put on the front of the truck, the shop owner said he does both the
headlights and fogs as part of the package. This was totally different from 3 years ago when they did my car.
Back then they said it would yellow quite fast with the heat of the lights, now they
are saying that issue has been taken care of.
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the film can be pulled off if it should yellow & another layer put on
covering paint jobs is also done the same way

I use a different product, it is also applied by a specialist, but then you are suppose to keep up regular applications yourself & i didn't, too lazy.
It lasted about 2 years with the one application
it works on glass & plastic
http://www.surfaceshield.com/windshields.htm

i am about to replace my windshield & 1 headlight & will be calling the guy in my neighborhood to come & apply it
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I bought a sheet of plastic for headlamps at a local shop that does this, and cut them for the truck, the thick one since the headlamp is fairly flat it was easy to put it on, the only hard part is the bump in the middle, you have to cut a slit there, and form it.
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Personally I would wet sand the lens then polish it, then apply a sealer to protect it. I wouldn't put the plastic over the headlights.
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Personally I would wet sand the lens then polish it, then apply a sealer to protect it. I wouldn't put the plastic over the headlights.
Just for a bit more info, nothing against doing a polish of the lenses, i just find it easier to install the UV film on them, I Have been installing UV plastic film to my vehicles for over 15 years, every 3 years I peel them off and put new ones back on, they don't turn yellow, and my headlamps look brand new for the life of the vehicle. takes about 30min to put them on. I do this usually within the first couple of weeks after picking up my truck.
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Just for a bit more info, nothing against doing a polish of the lenses, i just find it easier to install the UV film on them, I Have been installing UV plastic film to my vehicles for over 15 years, every 3 years I peel them off and put new ones back on, they don't turn yellow, and my headlamps look brand new for the life of the vehicle. takes about 30min to put them on. I do this usually within the first couple of weeks after picking up my truck.
True, I think this is a better option on a new vehicle, but his is older and probably yellowed and needs sanding, that's why I suggest that. I've done several vehicles wetsand then polish and it always yellows within a year again. I realized I needed to apply a sealer, so I did my wife's aveo again about 1-2 years ago and sealed them and they still look like brand new. I apply the sealer every time I wash it(~ 2 times a year). It's the same sealer I use on the paint, and is supposed to last 6 months. I think it's opti seal.
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True, I think this is a better option on a new vehicle, but his is older and probably yellowed and needs sanding, that's why I suggest that. I've done several vehicles wetsand then polish and it always yellows within a year again. I realized I needed to apply a sealer, so I did my wife's aveo again about 1-2 years ago and sealed them and they still look like brand new. I apply the sealer every time I wash it(~ 2 times a year). It's the same sealer I use on the paint, and is supposed to last 6 months. I think it's opti seal.

holy crap your right on the sanding for his lights, lmao I saw 2012 but its 2002 lmao, yes, would need to be wet sanded and polished and then he can seal them or put uv protective film on them if he wants.
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Woops. I must have entered in the wrong information to my profile. I actually have a 2012 Ram! So could I get away with just polishing the lenses and if so, what would be the best method (ie could I get away with hand polishing?).

So what would be suggested? I can do it myself using Expel for ~$55, or get it done at a shop that uses 3M film for ~$110.
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If they are brand new shouldn't need to polish. Just put the stuff on the lights(the plastic stuff), or use a sealer.
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