Not unless you live on the other side of the Equator, it is getting pretty cold out. This is the time of year, where we love to stay inside, drink coffee, eat cookies, and most importantly: not go outside!
The problem arises then when you get that awesome Lamin-x in the mail and the mercury says its 15 degrees outside. You want to install the film now and don’t feel like waiting until spring, so what do you do? Here is our Lamin-x do’s and don’ts for how to install headlight film in the cold.
Do’s for Installing Headlight Film in the Cold
- Install in a garage if possible.
- Provides shelter from the cold, and the ability to space heat the enclosed area.
- Use a space heater.
- A nice two-birds-with-one-stone solution: provides heat for both you and the headlight film.
- Use a heat-gun or hair dryer.
- Softens the film for better installation, and since film will be more rigid in the cold, it is a necessary step for a good installation.
- Remove headlights and install inside.
- If there is no garage or shelter, consider removing the headlights and installing from the warmth of you house.
- If all else fails, wait for a warmer day.
- Don’t wait until spring, but if you see a day coming up when the temperature will be in the mid 60s and sunny: go for it!
Don’ts for Installing Headlight Film in the Cold
- Start a fire in your work area.
- Starting a fire in your work area may cause unexpected combustion of clothing. Also, fire= extreme heat=not good for installs.
- Use snow as installation solution.
- Not sure why you would do this, but don’t.
- Hire a neighbor kid to install while you sit inside looking out the window with hot chocolate and cookies.
- Seems like a great idea, until the hot chocolate spills on your bathrobe and the neighbor kid throws a snowball through the window into your face.
The properties of our film make it most suitable for installation while warm. If you cannot keep the film warm during install, then don’t attempt it. Cold film is much more stiff and cannot be wrapped around curves. The most important thing you can do while installing during the winter is to make sure the film stays warm.
For more information go to our Cold Weather Installation Guide.