Originally Posted by rjolly87
Are you planning on restoring as original, or going for LED retrofit? The latter seems like a cheaper and easier method, where as the former would hold true to the original. If the latter, I would be inclined to cut the back with a rotary tool, drop in a diffuser, lay LED'*, and then seal it back up. Splitting it open on the original seam seems like risky work. I would reserve the restoration of original equipment for the museum quality garage queens.
I was planning to repair it as per original, considering my level of skill I think the LED route would be just as challenging for myself as the EL route.
In terms of styling, I am on the fence about LED'* vs EL - considering my age- I have never seen a functional EL carriage/opera light on a car. I always felt strange about having EL lights on such a traditional vehicle (perhaps they look okay- someone will have to chime in)
LED'* - I would like to see what it would look like before going that route.
I have slight good news though- I managed to successfully open one! and destroy the other
*note* GM has separate part numbers for the left and right- they are different shapes and not interchangeable
it was really tough glue - *note* I tried opening this one after I successfully opened the first one, so you think I would have the technique down