Here's what headlights look like on my 15 year old MINI (not what you might think)
No, these perfect-looking headlights on my 2002 MINI have not been 'restored' -- I haven't done any work on them at all. And yes, they are the original headlights that have been on the car through nearly 15 years of living under the Texas sun.
When I first got my MINI, I installed Xpel headlight protective film on them. I did it mostly to protect against rocks, but a huge side benefit has been the fact the film prevented any hazing or cloudiness from forming on the headlight surface.
Xpel's warranty is for 7 years, but I got 15 years of use (granted, during the past 6 months the outer edges of the protective film started looking a little toasty, so I technically got 14.5 years of use that I sorta pushed to 15 years out of laziness). I took these photos last night after I simply peeled the still-clear and nearly invisible old film off -- this is how they looked underneath.
Then I installed new film which I fully expect to last for the next 15 years or so. It took me about 20 minutes to complete. There's a little bit of moisture and cloudiness trapped under the film, but I know that will disappear in a week or so and they will be crystal clear again.
if you shop around, it's $50 for the film kit (includes pre-cut film for headlghts, foglights, and turn signals too). A bargain!
Edit: Sorry for the massive size and sideways photos!
2002 MINI Cooper S
1988 Austin Mini
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