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    Ceramic protection for headlights

    Many thanks to Fredo for the input regarding home restoration of headlights. I'm all ready to do this work, but I've run across a post or two which mentioned ceramic coating as an alternative to films. I recently put LaminX on my foglights, and after a few months they were semi-opaque from all the abrasion. (I'd love to ceramic the whole car, but can't afford it.)

    Questions- does the ceramic approach seem like a good idea? Any suggestions for a very durable kit that handles such a small job affordably?

    Many thanks...
    Last edited by Dual; 05-05-2019 at 09:05 AM.
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    I've read that CarPro DLUX Plastic and Wheel Coating works well, but isn't forever.
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    I have used Opti lens coating before. Easy to apply

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    Expel Ultimate Clear Film. I applied it two years ago when I installed new lenses and they still look new with no pitting.

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    Film is the way to go. A film lasts a long time, whereas a coating has to get reapplied every so often.

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    I'm pretty disappointed in how the LaminX foglights went 'filmy' after a few winter months. I guess it's XPel? I have to say I have, based on previous experience, zero confidence in my ability to cut and apply film.

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    LaminX is not XPel. XPel Ultimate seems to be their best product.
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    You shouldn't have to cut the film if you buy the pre-cut ones.
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    I've been all over the XPel website looking for precut and can't locate any. 2006 (I call it 2005) coupe.
    ON EDIT: I've contacted them.
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    From XPel just now:
    Thank you for contacting XPEL inc, at this time I do not see that we offer a pattern for these headlamps. You can reach out to local installers to see if anyone would be able to do a custom install for you, follow the link below to find installers near you.

    https://www.xpel.com/locator/search/clearbra_installers
    The nearest installer is two states away. XPEL used to sell by the roll; maybe I'll go that route and find a local installer.

    Anyone care to speak up strongly in favor of ceramics before I commit?
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