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Sunshine reflection from the back of the hood?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by hate2work, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. Sep 25, 2008 at 5:43 AM
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    hate2work

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    I just purchased a bright red 06 reg cab, and when I drive into the sun there is a very bad spot that reflects the sun and almost blinds me.

    It's right at the back of the hood, where that bent/rolled lip is. Do any others have that problem? If so, what is the best fix for it?

    TIA~
     
  2. Sep 25, 2008 at 5:47 AM
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    I personally have never had that problem, although my truck is silver not sure if that would make a difference. You could let her get dirty.
     
  3. Sep 25, 2008 at 6:20 AM
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    Do you have the hood scoop?? I do and it's quite annoying to me but I just wear shades on bright days:cool:
    On the other hand when it's cleaned up and dark out it's really sweet looking to glance at the hood.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2008 at 7:21 AM
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    Just take it off road and get it dirty... glare problem solved :p That being said, my obsidian black access (trd offroad no scoop) doesn't blind me at all even when waxed up. Number of things to that though, sun angle/driving angle. Sitting position, ect... If it's really that bad, I think I stumbled on some covers like the bug-deflector that go over the windshield wipers.... looks retarted imo but it'd block the glare...
     
  5. Sep 25, 2008 at 7:24 AM
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    No hood scoop. I suppose I'm gonna have to see if the detail shop can put a black strip across the hood where the reflection is, that should help quite a bit.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2008 at 7:25 AM
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    what about putting some window tint on that area? It might be cheaper than a pro job.
     
  7. Sep 25, 2008 at 7:42 AM
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    Sun glasses seem like a logical answer here - or like someone else mentioned, change the angle at which you are sitting. dirt works too.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2008 at 8:20 AM
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    I wear regular glasses, so sunglasses are an option, but kind of a pain to deal with.

    I've tried changing the angle that I sit, but to no avail, it's just as bad.

    Dirt works? You guys let your trucks get dirty? :D

    Yeah the guy that bought it new had it shined up pretty good, it's gonna take a bit of time for dirt to help. I think I'm gonna have to put some black tape right on the bend, that will help.
     
  9. Sep 25, 2008 at 8:35 AM
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    Don't put tape on it... you don't want it baking into the paint... you really don't want to have to try and clean up the adhesive after. I presume you're probably talking along the lines of electrical tape... a vinal strip would be 'ok' but still... You could just put a little hoola girl where it blinds you :p
     
  10. Sep 25, 2008 at 8:43 AM
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    I was thinking of the detail tape they use, maybe they have something wide enough and dull enough to absorb the light instead of reflecting it.

    I do like the idea of the hula girl :)
     
  11. Sep 26, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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    Yup, I have the same problem. You are talking about the bent angle on the hood right up close to the windshield. Gives a strip of sunlight reflection so that you can't adjust your sitting location to avoid it. Unnecessary design flaw by Toyota. The Japanese engineers are probably too short to have the problem.

    I think it is only a problem in midsummer, otherwise the sun angle is too low. I put black electrical tape on that part of the hood for a couple of months, and then removed it with no residue.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2008 at 9:22 PM
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    Yes, that's exactly where I'm talking about, right up close to the windshield on the hood. A real PITA when the sun's just right :(
     
  13. Sep 27, 2008 at 7:11 PM
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    Dude I couldn't agree more...sunglasses. I have the same problem. It's the price we pay for being different. LOL.
     
  14. Sep 27, 2008 at 7:54 PM
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    Fighter pilots used to have this problem because glare would obscure their target through the gunsight / windscreen. They fixed it by painting a flat-black (non-glossy) or flat-olive green strip across the top of the cowling from the cockpit to the nose.

    http://www.aviation-history.com/north-american/p51-11a.jpg

    Flat-black won't reflect any glare and will look much better than flat-olive green on red paint.

    My suggestion would be to take your vehicle to a sign shop and have a flat-black vinyl sticker made that can be placed on that flat part of the hood.

    It can be made to shape and it'll look very professional.

    Problem solved.
     
  15. Sep 27, 2008 at 8:07 PM
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    Not enough to mention on this one. Give me time!
    Are you only 3' tall?
     
  16. Sep 27, 2008 at 9:52 PM
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    That's a pretty f 'ing moronic question. But I'll just consider the source and move along.
     
  17. Sep 27, 2008 at 9:55 PM
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    Yep, that's what I'm gonna have to do, put something flat black across there that will absorb the glare. Thanks :)
     
  18. Sep 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM
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    Not enough to mention on this one. Give me time!
    "That's a pretty f 'ing moronic question. But I'll just consider the source and move along."
    Well if you had noticed it was a joke! We tend to do that here and you had several answers to your question. If you took it the wrong way I am sorry, oh wait, no you should have gotten the joke. Try taking comments in stride and you will fit in here and get good answers to your questions. It is vital that you don't have a "someones out to get me outlook" here. If you show that you are not able to take a joke you will find it hard to get along. Also as for the "source" (being me) I supose, get to know a person before you judge the source. Thank you and have a nice weekend.
     
  19. Sep 27, 2008 at 10:06 PM
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    I lol'd.
     
  20. Sep 27, 2008 at 10:54 PM
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    You're welcome. :thumbsup:
     
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