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Old 08-22-2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Hi Y'all,

Attempts to obtain a new passenger side tail light have failed. GM discontinued the part and nobody seems to have one in the NOS piles.

So, that leads me down the road of trying to re-laminate the black and repairing the crack. (Feeling some real hate now for the uninsured driver that rear-ended me.) Crack is not too bad, it is on the underside of the lens and filling it with clear casting resin should do the job of sealing it back up.

Any suggestions on the laminate? First thought that comes to mind is to seperate the clear lens from the housing, clean it, and paint the inside to produce the black border the original had.
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Sorry about the lens. I was able to get my taillights frm an ebayer who found some new ones to replace his. If I can find his email in my history I'll let you know. I had no luck at all fixing mine and was contemplating just going junkyard digging, when I found the ones I bought. I'll be back in touch.
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Have access to two but they are delaminated and cracked. Check my post in for sale section.
I wouldn't paint them unless you want to get rear ended again.
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Moving this to Detailing and Appearance...
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just put some on like mine....they always look good...no delam! no biggie...
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Your paint idea could work, and quite well. but, it'* gonna take a steady hand to both open the taills and paint them. But, done correctly, should look very nice.
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Plus, every one of these I see in the JY'* are always delaminated. While I suppose it'* possible to find some that aren't, they are surely few and far between.

If you do decide to go the painting method, go professional and use masking to lay out the stripes and high-quality plastic paint. It'* do-able, just a crafty piece of work, IMO.
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If you do decide to go the painting method, go professional and use masking to lay out the stripes and high-quality plastic paint. It'* do-able, just a crafty piece of work, IMO.
Just out of curiosity, what is the laminate material inside the housing made from? Is it hard plastic, soft rubber, like tape,what???

If it is hard plastic, I'm thinking that if I mask off the entire inside of the lens, put the piece back in and use an xacto knife to transfer it'* shape to the masking tape already on the lens (basicly use it as a template to cut the masking.)

Then airbrush black paint on the inside of the lens...should end up looking like a gloss black original from the outside. Just need a few coats to make it opaque enough so the light from the bulbs doesn't bleed through the black.

I am sortta the "arts & crafts" type. Here'* one of my better examples:

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I'm planning this same thing for a set of 92-95 lights. You'll probably beat me to it, though. The black is hard plastic, so it should work as a template.
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Nice work on that stock, Curt! Is that an old Mauser action? Off-topic I know, but you posted the pics...
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