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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:31 pm 
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Here in the Pacific Northwest with its sometime wet climate( :) things like mold, moss and even mushrooms can grow in the strangest places.
My inner tail light lens need cleaning. Light is blocked in some of the places by some unknown organism. I could use a wire and wrap a cloth around the end and stick in the bulb holes and hope for the best. [u]A better idea would be to remove the lens altogether for a thorough cleaning and then paint the housing white to reflect more light.[/u]
Has anyone tried this idea? Would a heat gun work to loosen the adhesive? I have read of some people putting their fixture in an oven to soften things up.
I'm all ears!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:54 am 
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I was gonna do the same thing to one of mine. I was thinking of taking it in after splitting and get it powercoated ''chrome'' or sprayed a chrome color. I plan on doing high quality led bulbs. I have a set of hella lights that have glass lenses that look milky on the inside. I am also curious if any of these can be opened up with the oven trick.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:35 am 
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The tail light adhesive is permanent. Similar to acrylic adhesive that bonds plastic together
using a chemical reaction. The bonding agent is not a 'glue' but a substance specifically
designed to fuse together certain types of similar plastic.

In comparison, the front lamps are completely different and do use an adhesive
to bond the glass lens to the rear plastic housing.

I was thinking about soaking my tailights in a mild degreaser solution like the "oil eater" from Costco
(looks like they discontinued, now on Amazon) which is non-toxic, non-corrosive and USDA approved.
The stuff is amazing, I think it blows simple green away. And yes you'd probably have to fish in
a soft rag with something blunt to wipe any film left in the inside.

The only other way would be to use a razor saw to cut the light apart on the seams and then
try to fuse or glue it back together, but if it were me I'd only do that as a last resort if the
soaking method didn't work.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:49 pm 
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Heat gun around edges and pry gently. I have done this a few times.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:19 pm 
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hotrodray1 wrote:
Heat gun around edges and pry gently. I have done this a few times.


Do you have any pictures of this in the process?

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