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refurbing the tail lenses

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tecton, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    i dont want Euro tails, but i want the stocks ones to looke a little cleaner...any way to spruce them up?
     
  2. JustHorsinArownd

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    Probably someone will relay to you a slick and clever way to refurb lenses but it's been my experience that once they get all faded and ucky lookin that they just need to be replaced. I remember seein some on Ebay and I don't think they were very expensive. Good luck.

    Allan
     
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    You can get them for $20 per side from Pep Boys, and they look and fit great. /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    i dont want Euro tails, but i want the stocks ones to looke a little cleaner...any way to spruce them up?



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    When I was in Europe and I was restoring a K5 I found some transparent red paint that I sprayed on them made them look like new.
    I also did another set with transparent black, made some nice blackout lenses.
    Looked black but when you turn the light on, it's red.
    I don't know if you can find those here.
     
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    you can polish them out with a very light polish compound. i have even heard of guys using cheap toothpaste. just enough grit to smooth them and freshen up the surface. 3m has a plastic polish that works wonders, but costs an arm and a leg.
     
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    you can polish them out with a very light polish compound. i have even heard of guys using cheap toothpaste. just enough grit to smooth them and freshen up the surface. 3m has a plastic polish that works wonders, but costs an arm and a leg.

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    I polished mine but the color was faded and the plastic was dry and cracking, and I have a feeling his ~30 y.o. lenses are the same.
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

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    You can get them for $20 per side from Pep Boys, and they look and fit great. /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif

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    Yep, thats where I have been getting mine. Auto zone can get them but they have to order them. They are not too bad. I have bought 4 sets of them (rocks are hard on tail lights /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif )
     
  8. limey

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    i got mine from autozone for 15.99. they were the same price at O'Rileys that was about 3 months a go. the ones i saw on ebay wanted a shipping fee and a separate handling fee and they cost more than they were in the store.
     
  9. jekbrown

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    I prefer the brain waddell approach.... bob the bed, fab a flat steel tail-end and mount super el cheapo (easy/cheap to replace if they somehow break!) trailer lights from a parts store. They are out of the way of rocks, they are cheap, and they work. Not much more you can ask for...

    j
     
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    Somebody told me once to put dirty taillights in a dishwasher - don't know if this would work or not - you try it and let us know! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    $10 each at O'Reillys
     
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    I ordered replacement lenses from LMC Truck for about $12.50 each. Also removed the housings, cleaned them up, and spraypainted them chrome. The parking and brake lights are a lot brighter now. LMC's website is www.lmctruck.com
     
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    I BUFF them....and they look MINT!!!!

    I used a buffing pad on my DA sander...
    and used 3M Heavy Duty Rubbing compound.

    $10 or $15 bucks for a AFTERMARKET is cheap...
    But I never paid more than $10 a pair at a swap meet or junk yard!!!

    Help keep manufacturing in USA!!! Don't buy cheap Chinese Junk!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  14. 82whitek5blazer

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    I ordered replacement lenses from LMC Truck for about $12.50 each. Also removed the housings, cleaned them up, and spraypainted them chrome. The parking and brake lights are a lot brighter now. LMC's website is www.lmctruck.com

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    Ok so can you paint the inside, behind the gauges to make them light up brighter?? My gauges dont light up very bright. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif 82-diesel
     
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    Mrtaillight.com, I picked up both taillights with chrome rings, front side markers with chrome trim, the quad headlight bezels, and taillight housings for $65 shipped and I literally had them the next day! Greay guy, alot of cool stuff. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Is MrTailLight still in business? I get errors when trying to access the site. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Dont know, I bought a complete set about 2 months ago
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    I buffed my harley tail lights and they looked new afterwards. Since I was restoring my 68 Electra Glide I wanted to use as many of the original parts as possible so I bought a 3/4hp bench top buffer and it works great. I polished all of my aluminum and stainless stuff..it looks like new
     

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