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Ruined my 3rd brake light lense!!!

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by blacksandtaco, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Aug 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    Can anyone help me track down a new lense for the 3rd brake light on the back of the cab? I screwed up a Nite Shade application and used some goof off to remove it and what do you know, it ate away some of the soft plastic. Does anyone know where I can pick up a new one? I've contacted two dealerships and they keep telling me I have to replace the entire light assembly which will cost over $100!! I'm just trying to replace the red lense itself. I have a 2007 TRD Sport Access Cab. If anyone is willing to sell me theres or point me in the direction of where I could order one I would be so grateful! All thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Aug 7, 2009 at 4:58 PM
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  4. Aug 7, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    I guess I never thought about covering it up. Unfortunately I don't think it would cover it. But if I find a replacement, the decal may be a better alternative to spray tinting.
     
  5. Aug 7, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    Didn't see anything specific for this part on trdparts4u.com :confused:. Thanks for the suggestion though.
     
  6. Aug 7, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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    I have a SockMonkey decal over my 3rd brake light. It's all black, except for the cutout that reads TRD. I love it!

    I'll try and get a picture of it.

    ...OK...I'm back :D Thanks TW Live!

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Aug 7, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    Those sockmonkey decals look pretty good. I have to find a replacement lens first because even the decal wouldn't cover up this shitty mistake. Trust me, the cover is ruined.

    Brake.jpg
     
  9. Aug 7, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    I've found a couple site that have that diagram. When I request a price quote they respond and tell me the part by itself is not available. I went ahead and requested the quote on this site too to see what happens. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  10. Aug 7, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    I hope it works out for you... that dealer seems to be pretty good for hard to find parts...
     
  11. Aug 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM
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    have you tried sanding it down with fine sandpaper then waxing it as well as possible? I don't know how bad it is if this will do anything.
     
  12. Aug 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    I disagree. The part that shows through is very small. You would have to be very close to see any problems with the clear TRD section.

    Just sand the whole thing down and make it uniform.


    Or why not just spray it with your nightshades and be done with it?
     
  13. Aug 8, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    Try your local junk yard.... I mean automotive dismantling and recycling dealer.

    Even if the new part is only available as a total assembly, you should be able to buy only the part you need from the junk yard.
     
  14. Aug 8, 2009 at 7:29 AM
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    Why would you want to do something that would make it harder for the guy behind you to see you stopping? Darkening tail lights (or headlights for that matter) doesn't seem like a sharp move to me.

    I would think liability wise, it would make a nice target as well. ...maybe even give an insurance company an 'out'.
     
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    ^ I agree as it relates to the tail lights but I think the 3rd brake light is optional.

    Toyota should've used that as a cargo light.
     
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    Mine was similar to that as during my nightshades application. I just sanded it down and reapplied. It worked out fine.
     
  17. Aug 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Yes, I realize the liability of darkening brake lights and tail lights. That's one of the things a person considers and ultimately accepts when modding his/her vehicle to achieve some sort of uniqueness. Kansas DOT laws require that there are at least 2 brake/tail lights visibile for up to at least 1,000 feet away on a moving vehicle. So I'm comfortable with my decision to add a little flavor to the back of my truck. I've heard a lot of people "wet" sanding and waxing tail lights to achieve the consistent surface and glossy sheen. Is anyone familliar with this process?
     
  18. Aug 8, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    What grit sandpaper did you use? Did you apply a clear coat after before reapplying nite shades? Did it come out consistent?
     
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    I used 1000 grit wet sand paper. Sand it down, clean it with alcohol, let dry, repaint, dry and then clearn. Mine came out pretty good. It isn't as good as my tails came out, but it will due.
     
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    When I tinted my tails, I wet sanded starting with 400, then 600, 800, 1,000, and finished with 1,600. The finish was smooth, but not glossy.

    After the sanding I used a Mothers Power Ball in my battery drill with Turtle Wax liquid polishing compound. The polishing compound made the biggest difference in the shine. Now they look like glass. :D

    After the polishing compound I finished things off with a coat of wax.
     
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