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Old 06-11-2014, 03:06 PM   #1
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Lamin-X headlight tint/Almost FAIL

My girlfriend got me the pre-cut lamin-x headlight headlight tint as part of my birthday gift. I hate chrome and have the SE sport so I have those obnoxious chrome headlights. My first mistake was asking for the pre-cut film!

Apparently for complex headlights like the focus the precuts are horrible to get (I talked to an professional Lamin-X installer and he said never get pre-cuts) Not knowing this I ordered the precuts and tried to install them myself along with foglight tint and painting my fog bezels gloss black.

I followed this video for instructions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhMyg44xIJU

Everything was going great. Until I got to the middle section on the top. It would not stay down and seemed like there was just too much vinyl bunching up





I tried heating it up and smoothing it out again but it just would not stay down. I sent out an email to Lamin-X to see if they could help.

The next morning it looked like this





They didnt get back to me until monday afternoon. they said to peel that section back up and re-apply heat and smooth it out again. That worked a little but not by much







Tuesday they were large again. I broke down my DIY spirit and went to a professional Lamin-X installer during my lunch break. He said he can try to fix it as much as he could but the adhesive was almost gone so there wasnt too much he could do. Thats when he told me THE PRE_CUTS ARE CRAP!! Especially for difficult headlights like the Focus ones. He said its real easy to cut away the vinyl and better to have more film to work with. He said i would not have had this problem with the bulk vinyl sheet. But he was able to get the vinyl somewhat flat and he thought of a clever idea to put black body wrap along the top to hold it down. Somewhat like a mini eyelid design









I was pretty skeptical about it but in person it is hard to notice from 2ft away. Plus it is much better than having it bubble up. Im not going to win any car shows with it like this, but It solved the mess I was in and I will buy new tint later and have it professionally done. Thanks to Travis over at Tint, Inc in Baltimore!

I love the light tint color with the sterling grey. I dont have HIDs so I couldnt go any darker without having less light shine through.





And the yellow fogs with gloss black bezels





It was a big learning experience. Now i know dont get precuts!!!! I hope I can pass on the knowledge I learned if anyone wants to get Lamin-X tint


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Old 06-11-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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I felt the same way about my focus SE sport. I hated the garish chrome, however I got the pre-cut 20% tint and here is my end result in a couple different lightings:
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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Is that from Lamin-X tint, Lamin-X gunsmoke, or another brand? You had no issues with yours? Congrats! You are a better man sir

In a couple months im going to take this off and get the gunsmoke
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:56 PM   #4
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I picked them up off ebay.http://http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-...640279&vxp=mtr
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The foglights burnt and peeled but I don't really mind. As far as the headlights there is no bubbling and coverage of the headlight is almost 100%. I did bite the bullet though and had them professionally installed at a high-end tint shop, cost $70 for labor.
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Nice! That is a great price, how long have you had them?
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Probably approaching a year now. And i was very happy with the price, $86 total to be happy with my headlights was alot better then shelling out ~$400 for new headlights.
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The foglights burnt and peeled but I don't really mind. As far as the headlights there is no bubbling and coverage of the headlight is almost 100%. I did bite the bullet though and had them professionally installed at a high-end tint shop, cost $70 for labor.
Gotcha, I wish I would have had mine professionally installed
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Yeah I have no experience with applying vinyl and I can't apply a screen protector on my cell phone without having air bubbles, so I went with the professional installation route.
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Be weary of installing brighter lights though the increased heat could cause the tint to bubble and burn. The stock halogens work just fine though.
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