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Headlights seeing stonechip abuse, so gone for Lamin-X (Light smoke)

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by warren_S5, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. warren_S5

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    After the harsh winter, the knackered roads, and a bit of prospecting at ADI last October, I have decided to jump on the Lamin-X baand wago to keep the adaptive bi-xenons in good nick.

    Kit arrived from the States yesterday, so as I was back home after a work gig and the weather was good I thought I's use the lunch break to get it on.

    Pre cut kit make life easier:

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    Whipped out all the trimmings:

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    Cleaned everything up using filtered water (supposed to be de-ionised, but I didn't have any to hand). Donned some gloved :eyebrows::

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    and started the arduous fitting (tools: water sprayer / de-ionized water / sharp craft knife, lint free cloth / hair dryer / bucket of clean water / small squeegee and some pliers - to get fog light grilles off)

    One done:

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    All done and put back together:

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    This is not an easy job. The hairdryer is essential as the headlights curve so much you really need to shape the Lamin-X. Ideally if you have space and good light, do it IN a garage, not outside like I did as you are fighting air born dust / **** in the wind.

    Doesn't look great when first done as water behind the film makes it cloudy. As Lamin-X is porous it will sweat this out and settle (so it says??!). Very thick as films go, so make sure you use a new blade if you can to trim off the lugs and excess.

    If in doubt, get a professional to fit it as it's £35% inc. 10% off code, and whilst not hugely expensive it would be if you got it wrong once or twice. If your used to doing a day job using your hands (not an office based seal like myself), you'll walk it.

    Feel it makes the front end look more aggressive which can only be a good thing. And saves the lights too. Get in!
     
  2. *ace*

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    looks good man, yup it will clear up. I left my car outside during the day for a day or 2 to help speed up the drying process
     
  3. JamesS4cab

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    Looks really smart Warren - u office based seal.............:lmfao:
     
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    If I'd done it wearing mittens I couldn't have done a worse job, manual dexterity and finesse of a lump hammer!
     
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    Looks great, good job.
    Can you get a lighter shade by any chance?
     
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    thanks!

    that is light smoke (the lightest tint shade) - below that is clear, or above is dark smoke (a bit too limo tint for me). Looks darker as its head on, from angles looks less so.
     
  7. Sarah's A3

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    Liking that, good shade to choose. Does it effect the light output from the headlamps??

    Car looks good, love the colour!
     
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    Cheers! Not too sure on light levels, need to go out and try it at night.

    Get quite a few people flashing me at night (not the right kind unfortunately) thinking I have my full beam on (when I don't), so hope this will resolve this. I wont get the chance to drive it at night until Saturday as I'm on the train to London tomorrow :sadlike:
     
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    Mate, I like that, i like it a lot!! I have been thinking about doing this myself for a while now, i think you just helped me make my mind up!!

    Cheers
     
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    Looks the dogs buddy!

    Welcome to the club :happy:
     
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    Warren nice job mate, but did you order the UV bottle & if so what size, just curious as thought about this recently, also yours is the "Tint" version as cant see any reference to Light Smoke below Tint as such.
     
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    :wub: lamin-x is soooo good :icon_thumright:
     
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    If your have xenon's there is no change when using 'tint'.
    Gunsmoke (the darkest type you get i think), will affect the output of xenons.

    Normal lights, im not sure :S
     
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    i love that matey! when i get my A3 up and running ill be getting that done with my lights! i think it will look well on a red A3 what ya think?

    :redrs4:
     
  16. JamesS4cab

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    Warren - any chance you could paste a linky to where you got the kit pls as I reckon this may look good on my Ibis white S3??
     
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    I don't think it works with the grey :ninja::ninja:
     
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    N8's opinion = FAIL
     
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    i agree with you staz xD
     
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    Like it, looks well:icon_thumright:
     
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    Cheers Staz - thats looks top dollar mate. Although the wheels definately help.........
     
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    It looks better in the flesh than in the photos, with the colours on offer it was always going to be a tough call.

    My lights have taken a caning recently with bad roads, and as the grey cars on 8p2 fronts tend to look a bit soft against the black and white cars it just sharpens it slightly. These photos were taken when the film was still very cloudy.

    Always appreciate a balanced opinion though,so fair call.
     
  24. leach76

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    I think it looks spot on,still want to do this with mine & mine is grey!!:crying: :laugh:
     
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    Love you more x

    I wouldn't say its balanced, just not sure, but things in the flesh always appear different! :ninja:
     
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    do look really good on the ibis , all mods look better in the flesh but these still look great on camera :icon_thumright:
     

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