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« on: March 17, 2005, 10:08:49 PM »
I have a really thick clear bra material (Xpel by 3M) on my fog lights which has become hazed, scratched and pitted from rocks and stuff.
I would like to take it off -- the clear material is very thick and there's not much to remove so it should be relatively easy.  Actually I could take the fog light lens off the car to do it.

Anyone have any tips or have experience doing this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005, 01:30:02 AM »
Heat gun and a card is how I would go about it. If their is resadue(sp?) use Goo Gone to get it off. works wonders.

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005, 01:30:02 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005, 02:45:38 PM »
i removed the clear bra from my headlights for the same reasons that you have. I started picking at it with my fingernail until i could get ahold of an edge with needle nose pliers. Then i pulled a little and sprayed 3M adhesive remover until i could get a little more plastic off. The other option is to roll the plastic over the pliers instead of pulling up directly to get a more even pull..

 it took about 30 minutes per headlight but it was well worth it.

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2005, 04:37:54 PM »
I would be careful using the heat gun that can easily melt your polycarbonate lens.  The 3M adhesive remover works very well, and shouldn't damage the plastic, but make sure to test it first.  The other solvents that work are GooGone (like Greg said) and Goof Off, which are all similar in formula.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2005, 06:25:19 PM »
I shouldn't have to worry about that since my fog light lens are glass.
I'll take a crack at it this weekend (I hope the pun doesn't hold true).
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2005, 06:27:53 PM »
Ahh, didn't realize you are referring to the fogs.  Do you need a heat gun?  I have one if you do.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2005, 06:59:58 PM »
they may be glass, but the seal is that flexible stuff, that holds the glass onto the black plastic frame.  if you heat that up to much, your glass may simply fall out.

I pulled the stuff off by hand on my Audi, then used the 3M adhesive remover as Jason suggested...that stuff is EXCELLENT....I feel much better than goo gone....and I have tried both.

if you use a hair dryer over a heat gun, you should be better off as it won't get that hot, and you should be ok.  Just warm up the covers so that they are flexible and easier to grab a hold of.  Probably easier to actually pull the lights off the car first, and do this inside so you are not all crammed up under the front of your car.  That is how I did the ones on the Audi.

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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2005, 02:56:58 PM »
I waited until it was a really hot day and i pulled my clearbra off the hood in one giant piece it was awesome, ut since it's colorado you may have to wait a while for a hot day.  Top bad snow doesn't work huh.

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2005, 10:32:41 PM »
Run the fogs for a while to get them hot, that will help and you know they won't overheat.  You can also try clear spray enamel to de-haze them temporarily, then replace the film when that stops working.

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