Lamin-X Precut Tint Film – Step by Step Application Process on 4Runner Fog Lights
Recently, we covered the Xenon Depot H16 yellow fog light bulb. Those bulbs produced impressive/intense yellow color along with powerful light output. The only possible downside to some owners is that the XD yellow h16 will not give your truck that “yellow fog look” with the lights off.
Other than that, the Xenon Depot H16s are a kick-ass yellow fog light bulb. If you have not seen those, you should consider them.
The Lamin-X filter covers will give you that yellow look with the lights off and on, but will not produce the same impressive/intense yellow color or the powerful light output as the XD H16s.
The Lamin-X filters offer a much more affordable option to get that yellow light.
UPDATE: We added the XD H16 yellow bulbs in the factory housing with the Lamin-X filters. The outcome was impressive. While the Lamin-X filters alone are a little on the dull side, and the XD H16s are on the bright yellow side, together they create a very soft orange/amber hue. This is a really nice look in my opinion. Check out the bottom of the page with all the light comparisons and you be the judge.
Yellow Fog Lights with Factory Housing
- Lamin-X yellow filters: Check Price
- Lamin-X amber filters: Check Price
- Xenon Depot H16 Yellow: Check Price
Lamin-X Filters Overview
Lamin-X offers made-to-order, pre-cut film for the 4Runner, in a variety of colors. For some people, the color options might be a big deal, but for most yellow is the focus option.
If you are going with a color other than yellow, check your local laws to make sure the color is not illegal. Red and blue might be specific to law enforcement only in your area.
Lamin-X makes the install simple with the pre-cut 12 mil film that fits the fog light housing on the 4Runner. The Lamin-X protective film is impact-resistant similar to a clear bra material, which should increase the protection of your fog light housing.
The yellow and amber are both great choices that most owners choose. While yellow has a distinct look, amber may closely match the 4Runner parking light color depending on the type of bulb you have.
While some owners might buy the filters for the style and aesthetic aspect, others may buy them for protection, and some because it checks both boxes.
On the colors in addition to Tint, Gunsmoke, Green, Yellow and Amber, Lamin-X also has Clear, Blue, Pink – that is for the precut kit.
Individuals can also purchase the universally sized sheets (come in all colors and tint shades) if they wanted something beyond what is offered as a pre-cut fog light kit.
- It’s designed to prevent lights from becoming cloudy/hazy/oxidized
- Protects against UV rays
- 12 mils thick (to the everyday person that doesn’t really resonate but compared to other similar films it’s much thicker)
- Great for protecting against rock chips and other road debris – whether the vehicle is used as a daily driver or offroad
Installing Lamin-X Yellow Filter Film
To install the Lamin-X Protective Film requires a few minutes of your time and a little patience.
First, you will want to remove the bezels, this makes the install easier. If you don’t remove the fog housing, you are going to fight with the filters. To me, this was common sense but some people leave the housing mounted behind the grille.
The diameter of the bezel is smaller than the fog light face which will force you to stretch and pinch the film in order for them to slide it.
The manufacturer says warmer weather will lead to an easier installation. Some guys even leave their fog lights on to warm up the housing. I don’t think this is necessary. What I tried worked fine with very minimal effort. Being a few weeks into winter, the days are starting to get cold.
I removed the fog lights and brought the housings with me to my office, then set them on a side desk. Nowhere special, just inside and away from the cold. Towards the end of the day, 3-4 pm, I cleaned off all the dirt and dead bugs on the lens. I then peeled back the Lamin-X tint and applied the film directly. If you miss it the first time, just peel back and re-apply then push out the bubbles with your thumb. Very simple.
- Remove fog lights
- Bring fog housing and film inside, let sit.
- Clean the lens
- Peel back Lamin-X
- Apply the film to fog light housing
- Push out air bubbles
- Re-install fog light housing
The company actually recommendations two different methods. The wet application and the dry application.
Wet application – Beginner
The wet application is very much like tinting a window. You use soapy water and spray a fine mist on the adhesive side that you will be applying to the fog light. The wet method allows you to remove and reposition or even reapply during the install if you need to. This method is great if you have less experience in applying films or tints.
Dry application – Advanced
The dry application is exactly how it sounds, dry. Lamin-X says the dry method is a little less forgiving and does not allow for re-positioning once applied but that was not the case for me. Just apply in the same manner as you would apply a static lens cover to your cell phone or tablet.
Lamin-X Film Review
Not only will the Lamin-X Protective Film keep your 4Runners fog lights protected, but it will also give your 4Runner the yellow fog light look. The best part about this upgrade is the low cost and easy install.
Compared to the Xenon Depot H16 Yellow, they are much less intense in yellow color and light output. The beam pattern keeps its factory appearance but the front-end color projection and facade do get a face-lift.
For around $15, you really can’t beat it.
- If you are looking for a yellow fog without spending over $100, the Lamin-X is a good option.
- If you want the yellow fog look this is also a great option.
- If you don’t want the yellow fog look but you want yellow fog light output, then check out the XD H16 Yellow bulb
The next options for more light output in yellow/amber color would be the KC HiLiTES Gravity G4 and the Baja Designs Squadron-R Sport in wide cornering.