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    Thread: a noobie lamin-x application tutorial (plenty of pics!)

    1. Junior Member BlackPearlGti's Avatar
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      07-07-2012 10:38 PM #1
      Im sure there are a million of these, but I get so excited doing anything to my GTI so why not. Lamin-x gives a pretty good tutorial themselves on application, but i wanted to show a gti specific application..

      Stock GTI for the most part...

      find a shady spot...dont want to do this in the Florida sun
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      some items you will need. water, razor, and lamin-x of course. The instructions provided said that for small applications such as this you would not need to use water, but i found it much easier with water
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      clean fogs real well. any bug guts or dirt/mud you definitely want to remove

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      go ahead and open laminx package and separate each film and set the one you are not applying aside

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      size it up

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      wet the fogs and the adhesive side of the film, its better to use a sprayer but i dont own one and was to eager so i just used some bottled water.

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      place the bottom side down first, and i used a credit card wrapped in a rag to apply and push out the bubbles

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      push the film into all the edges as best you can

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      use a razor to cut the excess film and tabs, use the empty space as a guide

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      my happy helper!

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      all done!

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      Thoughts: The application was super simple and easy. You can apply and remove and reapply the film no problem. In retrospect i would definitely use a sprayer for the water instead of just pouring the water on there haphazardly. It worked for the most part but I am certain it would have made it a bit simpler when i needed to reposition the film. Lamin-x says that any tiny bubbles and haze will go away within a couple days to a couple weeks, but if you do a wet application and use a card to smooth out the bubbles while applying it shouldnt be a problem at all!
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      07-07-2012 11:41 PM #2
      Great write up and thanks! Considering doing this mod in the near future!
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      07-08-2012 01:24 AM #3
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      07-08-2012 01:30 AM #4
      i did exact same application and i developed bubles a week later
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      07-08-2012 02:07 AM #5
      did the same with mine a while ago... I love the look on darker cars


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      07-08-2012 10:41 AM #6
      i agree, lamin-x with dark cars are great. Nice wheels you have, VMR's?
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      07-08-2012 11:04 AM #7
      the only thing i cut off were the tabs...and i did that before i went outside. Pretty much cleaned, watered, applied, pressed the edges into the small gaps around the light. looks great 3 months later.

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      07-08-2012 11:17 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by ohsnapzombies View Post
      the only thing i cut off were the tabs...and i did that before i went outside. Pretty much cleaned, watered, applied, pressed the edges into the small gaps around the light. looks great 3 months later.
      same here. love it.
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      07-08-2012 11:20 AM #9
      Looks nice, one of my things to do on my list when I finally start making the car my own.

      By the way I noticed A couple of things, do you happen to be in the army?
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      07-08-2012 01:29 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by westcoastdsh View Post
      i agree, lamin-x with dark cars are great. Nice wheels you have, VMR's?
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      07-08-2012 01:49 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Sleepysapper View Post
      Looks nice, one of my things to do on my list when I finally start making the car my own.

      By the way I noticed A couple of things, do you happen to be in the army?
      i am, how'd you know?
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      07-08-2012 02:26 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by westcoastdsh View Post
      i am, how'd you know?
      Bracelets. lol. I noticed it too.
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      07-08-2012 04:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by westcoastdsh View Post
      i am, how'd you know?
      bracelets, watch, your girls arm band and what looked like running shoes. I guess people in the service just always stand out once you've been in a while yourself.
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    14. 07-08-2012 07:02 PM #14
      This is the first thing I did after window tint. I went darker on the headlights & think the fogs look much better with yellow bulbs. Nice write up though
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      07-08-2012 10:14 PM #15
      Did mine the day I got the car, only other advice I have is this.



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      07-08-2012 11:22 PM #16
      Did the fogs with relative ease and came out great.

      Did the tails twice and was an uber bitch - was not satisifed with the results. Second time doing them I tried to be as obsessive compulsive as possible and followed all tutorials and online tips but they just didn't come out as well as I wanted.

      Maybe I am a perfectionist but the pre-cut lamin-x seemed too small and never sealed as well as I would have liked in some places.

      I am going to get them professionaly tinted at this point. Anyone know a good shop in Montreal?

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      07-09-2012 06:41 AM #17
      i did this to mine as well. although, i have a 5th gen and the fitment wasnt as good on mine as it was on yours. I almost felt like it was a mistake on lamin-x's behalf. the film was too small and didn't cover the whole fog light. I still run it like that but oh well. I'm glad yours came out good though, looks great

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      07-09-2012 07:31 AM #18
      Good timing on this post ... ordered Lamin-X over the weekend for my '11 !! Thank you !

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      07-09-2012 07:34 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by MontrealJoker View Post
      Did the fogs with relative ease and came out great.

      Did the tails twice and was an uber bitch - was not satisifed with the results. Second time doing them I tried to be as obsessive compulsive as possible and followed all tutorials and online tips but they just didn't come out as well as I wanted.

      Maybe I am a perfectionist but the pre-cut lamin-x seemed too small and never sealed as well as I would have liked in some places.

      I am going to get them professionaly tinted at this point. Anyone know a good shop in Montreal?
      lamin-x does sell whole sheets rather than precut films that way you don't have to worry about size issues... just another idea
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      07-09-2012 07:38 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by pi ka chuuu View Post
      i did this to mine as well. although, i have a 5th gen and the fitment wasnt as good on mine as it was on yours. I almost felt like it was a mistake on lamin-x's behalf. the film was too small and didn't cover the whole fog light. I still run it like that but oh well. I'm glad yours came out good though, looks great
      i agree the precut ones definitely cut it close on the size, i had maybe a millimeter or two around the edges and if you don't line it up well enough it could equal a bad application. But if you take your time...and i cant stress this enough...use a wet application, positioning it correctly can save your install
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