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Can the tail lights be disassembled?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Kingzeus, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    Kingzeus

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    I want to get rid of the chrome in the tail lights of my 2010 Taco but I don't want to tint them as I get hassled by the cops enough and I don't need to give them another reason to pull me over. I want to take them apart and paint the chrome black. Is it possible or will I just destroy them?
     
  2. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    It's possible, but it's not easy :eek:
     
  3. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Also, this will affect light output, and you would probably not be able to pass inspection if your state requires them.
     
  4. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    no, you have the led tail lights. leds are diodes and are damaged by heat. dont even attemp to put them in the oven. youll be sorry.... new tails from toyota are pretty expensive. also not covered under warranty if you bake them...
     
  5. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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  6. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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    another way is to Dremel the housing from the lens.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    You can't open them like the headlights using the oven and DON'T take a dremel to them. I opened a set of taillights up and painted some parts on the inside but I couldn't get them to fit back perfectly. I made them work but it wasn't as nice as I hoped for.
     
  8. Jun 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    Was it you that put that write up?
     
  9. Jun 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    I have photos and pics of it up but someone with a xr originally did it
     
  10. Jun 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    What about using a heat gun instead of the oven cause the chrome pisses me off everytime I see it
     
  12. Jun 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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    No because they are like plastic welded together whereas the headlights are held together with adhesive.
     
  13. Jun 21, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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    That F'ing sucks
     
  14. Jun 21, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    05XRunner did it to his wife's truck...i think:eek:
     
  15. Jun 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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    Just Nite-Shade it.

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  16. Jun 21, 2010 at 9:18 AM
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    Im working up the balls to get a candy red to just paint the stop/tail protion.
     
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