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Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Wed May 09, 2018 3:34 pm

Gents, I've been using these funky headlight covers for years to protect my NLA Cibie Z-beams, and one gave up it's life for the cause :cry:

I originally purchased them from BavAuto, alas they no longer carry them ](*,)

A quick internet search didn't turn up much of anything other than film type protection, anybody know where these can be bought now :-k

TIA =D>
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by Tommys 89 635 » Wed May 09, 2018 8:09 pm

Bob,

I've changed a few headlights and fog lights throughout the years until I tried the clear covers. They worked great, used them for years and as they aged, they got brittle and turned a bit yellow. I switched over to the clear film a while back and never had any problems since. Try it, you'll like it
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Wed May 09, 2018 8:45 pm

Hey Tommy, thought of that, but I really wonder how well those film type protectors work, if you actually take a direct hit with a rock :-k

Do you have a particular brand or shop that you purchased them from :-?

Worth a try, just called BavAuto to verify that they don't carry anymore, no gots :-({|=
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by Tommys 89 635 » Fri May 11, 2018 4:39 pm

Hey Bob,

From what I recall the film I have was pretty thick, it wasn't like thin like window tint.
I'll take a look at some receipts this evening, hopefully I kept it.

As for the fog lights, I think I ordered some that I had to cut myself.

Chat soon
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by jps635 » Fri May 11, 2018 7:13 pm

I've got 3M film on all 4 lights and fogs, applied by mobile Tech - I had all the lights out at the time. Chrome rings removed and when installed help retain the edges.
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Fri May 11, 2018 7:16 pm

Thanx jps635 (and Tommy #-o ) but I do have a question regarding these film options :-k

How well does the film adhere to a curved surface [-o<

Think that's most concerning issue to me [-(

Thanks again =D>
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by MrE » Sat May 12, 2018 2:02 am

Hi Bob,

I've had the 3M clear film on the headlights & nosecone of my car for about 5 or 6 years now. All things considered it works well.

As Tommy says, its thicker & more durable than window tint. I'm pretty sure there are different thickneses of film available intended for different body sections such as headlights vs body panels. I gave the stuff a try because I'd had the nosecone & front airdam spoiler resprayed, and I had a new headlamp or two laying around in the garage that I'd bought years earlier, so thought I may as well.

I had a vinyl wrap auto shop do it for me - just the nosecone and a couple of headlights. I probably would have had a go at doing it myself if it were just a headlight or two, but given I wanted the nosecone done I decided it would be best if I handed the lot over to someone who knows what they're doing. The vinyl wrap shop makes sure it's adhered properly and smoothly over curves & edges etc. The shop just cuts generic sheets of the film to size.
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In the picture you can kind of see a join-line between the two kidney cutouts - that join is hidden behind the chrome trim etc when everything is back in place and the film wraps neatly over the back section out of sight when the bonnet is down.

A direct hit on the glass with a rock can still damage - one of my new foglights got a big nasty crack in it within about 12 months, but that's just bad luck and over the years the film has noticeably protected the front end well.

I did not have the spoiler covered as its surface is that speckled, surface guard texture and I didn't expect the film would adhere smoothly. Looking at the frontend now, years later, its very noticeable how good condition the nosecone is still in compared to the unprotected spoiler. Given we try and look after our cars, but drive them as well, I think its well worth doing.

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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by Tommys 89 635 » Sun May 13, 2018 10:13 pm

Bob,

I went through all of my receipts and couldn't find the one that shows me buying the film. I do recall when I ordered them i spoke to a guy and my ellipsoid's are the same diameter as the 5 series.

Probably would have to ask 3M or Lamin-X if they make dome shaped ones.
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by redrumm3 » Tue May 15, 2018 1:06 pm

Bob- I might have a few of the those headlight covers in storage. I'll have to dig to see if I can find them and I'm leaving town tomorrow for ten days, but I'll look when I get back.

I'll shoot you a PM if I find them.

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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Tue May 15, 2018 3:44 pm

Scott, thanks for looking =D>

I do want to address this sooner than later, but since I'm technically "off the road" right now, awaiting tags, I can hold off [-(

I need a few other bits and pieces, maybe I'll just order a film kit from BavAuto as well :-k
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by creame24 » Thu May 17, 2018 9:42 pm

Forrest Koogle is making some! He currently sells 7’ inch ones right now. The 5 3/4 or so are getting prototyped right now. They are selling for a good price. You could ask him if they smaller headlight covers are finally done!
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 pm

Thanks cream, interesting site :shock:

Lots of '02 stuff, and I mean lots :roll:

As you duly noted, they currently only make 7", not sure if I'm a fan of that "KW" embossed in the cover, however :-k
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by creame24 » Fri May 18, 2018 3:11 am

I was iffy about the KW too. I seen the prototype on an e30 and I couldn’t really see the KW from a far. Hopefully he makes the emblem smaller. Hahaha

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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by jps635 » Fri May 18, 2018 7:38 am

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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by GRNSHRK » Fri May 18, 2018 4:44 pm

Sheesh, 46 AUD to ship to the states, yikes [-X

Thanks JPS, think I'll keep looking, for that price :(
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Re: Took one for the team...

Post by jps635 » Fri May 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Now you now what we're up against down the bottom of the world.

Add shipping, customs charges plus boarder tax and all BMW parts are still way cheaper ex US or Germany than we can buy locally

You guys are so spoiled with choice and free ground shipping

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