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Old 11-15-2005
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Tried to remove nite-shade from Brake Light :(

I tried to remove the nite-shade on my 3rd brake light. Well when I used paint remover some came off and the leftover residue turned white when I tried to rinse it off. What can I do????? I needed to sell it, it's an XLT light
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The nightshade paint BONDS to the plastic and more or less becomes one with it. When you try to remove it, you also dissolve some of the plastic on the taillight and it "melts" and that's what you end up with.

I don't think theres anyway to recover it except to "polish out" the plastic and it probably will never be quite right. I could be wrong, but I don't think that stuff was meant to come off EVER.
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you could lightly sand it with fine paper and go through all the way with a polishing compound...or just spray clear coat after the light sanding.
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use like 480 grit sand paper and sand it down... then when it comes out, clean it and lay a clear coat on it...
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well does anyone have an XLT brake light for sale?
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Trust me, it takes alot to sand that crap out... I know because Ben's and mine didn't take quite right, and it took alot of sanding just to get through the first 2 coats. You could go with a 500 grit paper to get it down to being about red and white again, then use an 800 grit paper followed by a 1000 grit paper to get it pretty smooth, then if you spray it with clear coat, it should look fine.

Though it looks like you're saying screw it and going for a new xlt light... that could be an easier alternative
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thanks man :)
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LOL, I tried to explain this in the other tread. Hope it works out.
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well that was an all red one I need the white & red light :)
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have you tried sanding it yet?
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well its been way to cold here :( a cold front came through and its ~30 in the morning and the high is 50 degrees, I'll try tomarrow
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I have an XLT Third brake Light for sale with some yellowing and no wiring harness, just the light. Make a reasonable offer and it's yours. Just PM me if interested, I probably wont be back on this thread.
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get pics so we can see what we are workin with
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umm why not just go to a local salvage yard and get another cover, you dont need to replace the whole assembly. that or check with your local auto parts store.......just my 2 cents.
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well does anyone have an XLT brake light for sale?
With the cargo lamps...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/95-05...spagenameZWDVW

Last edited by mkoenig; 12-23-2005 at 08:49 AM. Reason: updated product info
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i have one... its got a small hole in the top where i tried to run my CB wire through it... youll need to make a gasket for it... but it works...
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ill find it an take a picture of it...
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you don't have to I actually forgot about it, they've got a ranger at the local junk yard, so I'll get that one
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oh.. ok... i took some if you want to see it let me know...
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