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headlight protective covering

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by fjk6807, May 11, 2020.

  1. May 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM
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    fjk6807

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    Hi all, I have a 2015 tundra limited. Starting to see some discoloration mainly on the top surface of the headlamps clear covers. I am wondering if anyone has used any type of protection for this to prevent this from occurring. If so what and how well has it worked.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. May 11, 2020 at 1:54 PM
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    Medic343

    Medic343 5+4+3=2

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    This seems like a real common issue on our headlight lenses. I remember seeing a post where someone added some vinyl "eyelids" for lack of a better term. I'll see if I can dig it up.
     
  3. May 11, 2020 at 1:56 PM
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  4. May 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM
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    Tundyfundy

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    Lamin-x
     
  5. May 11, 2020 at 2:15 PM
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    lamin-x does not offer a covering for the top portion which is what gets messed up on these headlights. I have looked at these before. but thanks
     
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  6. May 11, 2020 at 11:01 PM
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    Tundyfundy

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    You could buy 3M rolls relatively cheap in varying width but as soon as you start going wide the cost jumps significantly. Verified what you said about laminex. Crazy they leave the top exposed.
    On another note I had good luck refurbishing my 1995 Camry headlights with some wet sanding, UV clear coat and some buffing. Still looks like the day I did it about 6 years ago.
     
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  7. May 12, 2020 at 6:18 AM
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    Hey Tundy, thank you. I actually have some narrow clear covering i may try. I am mostly concerned with the top as it seems to get like this on about every tundra i see. It is good to know you had 6 years success on sanding and clear coat. I tried one of the restoration kits a while back on a tacoma with not much success.
     
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  8. May 12, 2020 at 10:22 AM
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    Yeah they are generally junk. I got the types of sand paper, I think 600,2000, and 3000 and wet sanded down with each and then 3 coats of clear with a wet sand. Let me check exactly what I used and I’ll get back to you.
     
  9. May 12, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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    Xpel pre cut kit film covers the top of the headlight

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