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Removing scratch from tailight?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cornwall325, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM
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    cornwall325

    cornwall325 [OP] Toyota newbie...

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    First off I'd like to start out by saying that I'm not sure if this thread is in the correct place so if it isn't I apologize and hope the moderators will move it to it's appropriate place.

    On Friday afternoon a friend came by my house and walked between the fence and my truck where it was parked and scratched my tailight on my truck. I have to admit it pissed me off because it was obvious that there wasn't enough room to squeeze through where my truck was parked and he still did instead of walking around my truck. He claims that his dad will fix the scratch for me but I'm not betting on it at all. With that being said what is the best way to remove the scratch on my tailight or does someone happen to have a set of mint tailights for an 09' Tacoma that they'd like to sell? I rubbed my finger over the scratch and I don't think it's a deep gouge. I'm so aggravated as I explained to my wife that I understand my truck isn't going to stay perfect but the fact that the scratch was caused out of stupidity is what makes me the maddest.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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    jpneely

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    depending on how deep it is there may be nothing you can do besides TRY and use a meguires scratch-x on it. that usually only helps with small inconspicuous scratches but hey give it a try. oh and after you use that be sure to put a coat of wax over it to protect it. but as far as you fixing a legit scratch its pretty difficult if you have never done it before. ive tried haha. but hey good luck and a little touch up paint goes a long way.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    SoJersey

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  4. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM
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    Nite shade them so it'll be hard to tell
     
  5. Jan 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM
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    JKD

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    Motorcycle helmet visor polish.

    I've also used Brasso (metal polish) to polish plastic before, and it does a really good job. I've only used it for watch faces and random things, never a tallamp cover.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    damn my bad bad i thought it said tailGATE. haha i wouldnt worry about it then!
     
  7. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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    landphil

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    Wet sand with 800x in one direction, then 1500x at 90 degrees to that, then 2000 in direction number 1, then 2500 in direction number 2, then polish. It will take a bit of patience and elbow grease, but even very deep scratches can be polished out - I know, I did one of mine. It looked like it's previous owner grazed a concrete or stucco wall, it was pretty bad, ended up looking perfect. The plastic headlamp restore kits have all the stuff you need in one convenient package, probably cheaper than buying everthing separately.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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    Wal Mart believe it or not sells the really fine grit sand paper you will need. If you can't find it there visit Ebay.
     
  9. Jan 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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