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We went with the yellow Lamin-X covers because we like the “Track Car” look, and that’s the look we are going for with this car. Another good benefit of having headlight covers is the protection you get from road debris and other impacts. While installing these, we found the material to be fairly thick, and pliable while working with a heat gun.
First things first, let’s get the tools gathered up. You’ll need:
1) A heat gun
2) The Squeegee that comes with the film
3) The spray bottle with some water in it. (it comes with the kit empty, you’ll just want to put some in it)
4) Patience, this is the main tool you will need. These things take time to lay flat.
1) Ok, to start off, you will want a clean surface to work with, so take a clean towel, we used a microfiber towel, and wipe it down with some water sprayed on the surface. You don’t want any chemicals under the film as it may cause adhesion issues later on.
There we go, nice and pretty! Ready for some work.
2) Now, you’ll want to lay the film out on a flat surface.
You can see that the film doesn’t lay very flat right out of the bag.
3) The answer here, is HEAT! Don’t get too excited with your heat gun (a hair dryer would work as well) if you stay in one spot too long, or apply too much heat to one spot you could deform the film, just be careful and you’ll do great!
4) Now that we have it warm, flat and somewhat pliable, you’ll need to peel the tape off the back of the material and spray it down while you do this (we did this twice and for some reason, we didn’t get pictures of it either time) Just spray it down a bit as you peel the backing off to keep it from sticking permanently.
5) Now, do your initial placement, this more than likely will not be the final placement as you will have to massage it on quite a bit, this is more of an idea of what we are up against.
6) You can see it’s not so pretty to begin with. That’s ok, we can peel it back and work it on. Run your fingers across that main big flat surface on the front of the headlight and work your way around the big compound curve in the middle. This is very time consuming, so be patient.
We’re getting closer, just keep working it, and slowly applying heat long the way.
7) Ok, so one is down, there will be quite a few imperfections to begin with, they will work out slowly with the sun and the heat from your headlights.
8) You can go along the edges and push with your squeegee to work the water out and push it down in to place.
9) Here’s a pretty good shot of the color difference, you can definitely see the difference, you can also tell that the light output isn’t really reduced much, just a different color, just what we were looking for.
10) You can see the appearance from the front, the yellow looks pretty good on the headlights!
11) Now, on to the passenger side, and we experienced the same thing we do every time we do anything on both side of the car, the second side always goes more smoothly!
12) This is a pretty good shot of what the film looks like when finished. You can see all the imperfections in this shot, don’t be discouraged, they will work out slowly.
13) They look pretty good. Can’t wait to get them to work all those imperfections out, they will look even better!
14) Now as they list in the instructions that come with the product, there will be a little bit of trimming involved. No big deal, get a nice, sharp blade and trim that excess off!
You can see the little bit of trimming that we had to do, there wasn’t much, maybe an 1/8th – ¼ inch.
Now that we have it all done, let’s take a look! WOW, they really do make a difference. I like the look of the yellow film on a white car.
Thanks for reading, and we hope this is a helpful tutorial for those of you thinking about installing these on your car!