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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!
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WOW! I will have to get that for my wife's mini!
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I'd say money well spent !!
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Xpel is great stuff, all right. I have it on my '03 R50 and my '06 R53. It's almost indestructible and is so clear after years of particle abuse!
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Great job! XPEL is a great product and is self healing in the heat. I have it on my car also.

So much better than anything 3M and others offer and is the leader is paint protection film.

People always say it's expensive, but I say you get what you pay for and your pictures prove it. Nice 👍
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People always say it's expensive, but I say you get what you pay for and your pictures prove it. Nice 👍
Not sure how someone can call a product that costs just $50, works perfectly, and lasts 10+ years "expensive".







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LOL......just replaced the Xpel on my headlights last week! About the same life and it also was getting a bit "toasty" around the upper edge........HID heat?
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Looks like interesting stuff.
I'll have to invest in this when my new Jeep arrives.
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I put Xpel on my MINI's lights. They still look great 10 years on.
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LOL......just replaced the Xpel on my headlights last week! About the same life and it also was getting a bit "toasty" around the upper edge........HID heat?
Nah. I thinking it was our friend, Mr.
Sun that did that.
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