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Old 09-06-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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2008+ Focus w/ Lamin-X <-- Fail and salvage (pics)

So I ordered the gunsmoke tail light and clear headlight films. Thus far, i've managed to completely F* up the tail light film install. What happened was while applying it, i ran into the huge problem of that curve that runs the length of the taillight The film was slightly too small, and it didnt help that the hairdryer i used failed on my half way. So, I resorted to stretching the film myself, and in removing and reapplying the film numerous times (should have used more water), i managed to mess up the adhesive, so that you can actually see the clumps. That and the bubbles. So overall, a bloody fail.
That, and the film was a lot darker than i expected.
SO, i checked on a few threads and found people with the same problem. realizing that there was no saving the film, i was ready to rip it off and dump the whole thing, but instead trimmed off the part covering the brake light, leaving the chrome reflector part tinted. Thus, leaving me with what i presume to be the look of the 09+ coupe tails. Enjoy:
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after application


you cant really see it here, but it looked hella ugly. (kinda ashamed. thought my handiwork was better)


theres 1 tail light trimmed


im actually more comfortable with that red. dont want hassles with the popo.


comparing with the first one again


a more representative pic of the actual colour


so yeah, im KINDA out 50 bucks -_-; i tried the full tint, and didnt really like it, (that and i f*ed up the application). But, im better with what i have now than the stock.
Im installing a clear film for my halo projectors next. those dayyyyummed rocks - and yes, im still using my stock ugly*ss wheels. i'll get to switching them out eventually...that and a 3dcarbon body kit, and a new 09 grill, etc.. the list goes on

the film is a great quality btw, and the shipping/packing is just awesome. This was just my own messup here, and if it werent so pricy id buy again sooner :P


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Old 09-07-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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Turned out really good man. Lamin-x is pretty hard to install, but definitely worth it.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:26 AM   #3
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i like that alot better than the whole lens tinted, i might have to steal this idea from you if you dont mind
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glad to have had an idea good enough to steal. lol, go right ahead. word of advice: when you're cutting, cut more on the red, so that the silver is covered more. does that make any sense? that way so that when you're looking at it on an angle, the silver is still covered
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think i might laminx my euro tails. they are of the car and it'd be easy to do..
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the 08+ tails are impossible -_-; well, i'd pass for now on the $50 pop
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what does the 'cut more on the red' mean? haha. where did you go to order them?
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Looks good.

Did you use soapy water before applying the Lamin-X? A lot of people skip on this step and dont realize that you squeegee the water out after centering it.
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