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Rear camera scratched

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by oakcity, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Oct 22, 2020 at 2:01 AM
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    oakcity

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    Is there a way to change the plastic cover on the reverse camera? I have an 09 and as you can imagine the image isn’t what it used to be since it’s a plastic cover over it it’s just faded.
     
  2. Oct 22, 2020 at 4:21 AM
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    Tcomaboy

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    I would just buy another camera. They’re not too expensive and are very easy to swap out
     
  3. Oct 22, 2020 at 5:17 AM
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    Do they sell them online besides the dealership? Some plug and play replacement? I want the same spot and same everything. I don’t want to have to re wire or put it in my license plate or none of that. I haven’t checked dealer prices yet so I reckon I should start there.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2020 at 6:03 AM
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    Yes, they are sold online. I purchased one for my 2012 Tacoma from Ebay for I believe $45. If it is a counterfeit Chicom camera they did an outstanding job duplicating original and it's been trouble free the last two years. Easy plug n play installation on your tailgate. If you buy from Toyota they're asking over $400.....

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/122390154691
     
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  5. Oct 22, 2020 at 6:44 AM
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    Thanks!
     
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    Owhatafeeling

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    How come you don’t try headlight cleaner? There are many to choose from under $20
     
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  7. Oct 22, 2020 at 6:52 AM
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    Didn’t think of that thanks!
     
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  8. Oct 22, 2020 at 8:01 AM
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    How deep are the scratches? I’m sure with a bit wetsanding, buff/polish will get rid of it or improve it significantly.
     
  9. Oct 22, 2020 at 11:57 AM
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    Wattapunk

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    I would try a car finish rubbing compound followed by a polish.
     
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  10. Oct 22, 2020 at 1:15 PM
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    Careful folks. This is a lens, not just a relatively flat piece of plastic like your headlights. Messing with the curvature too much by aggressively polishing (rubbing compound, wet sanding, etc.) will distort the image. General guideline: If the scratch is deep enough that you can feel it with your fingernail, you're SOL.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2020 at 1:20 PM
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  12. Oct 22, 2020 at 2:14 PM
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    In the meantime.....you could turn around to look.
     
  13. Oct 22, 2020 at 2:40 PM
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    What?? Haha
     
  14. Oct 22, 2020 at 2:41 PM
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    The picture is getting like dusty or foggy and I can tell on the back it’s kind of cloudy I guess
     

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