Ed's D

My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

New(er) Taillight housings

My taillights were cracked, and dull from a decade of neglect and abuse in the hot Georgia sun. The removable piece from one taillight was even melted from a bulb!?!?
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I had become jealous of the glassy, perfect appearance of the taillights on other Deloreans. So I found a good deal on some used, but good condition taillight housings. They don’t appear faded, and only have light surface scratches:

Newer taillights before cleaning:
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To clean them, I would fill them with hot water, and drain them, removing all the dirt and bugs.
Cleaning Tip: You can clean all the grooves between the lenses with an old toothbrush, which should not scratch the plastic.

After a soap and water cleaning, they looked better. Some light surface scratches visible
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After some buffing with Meguiar’s PlastX, any dirt has now been removed, and the scratches are gone. They really pop!
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The polish really removes any deep dirt. The white terrycloth towel used to be clean.
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Old housings on the left, newer on the right:
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With new taillight housings costing $300, I saved some money, and I’m very happy with the results. As for my previous taillight housings, I might try to sand off any imperfections, and black them out. That should cover up the cracks. If they turn out nice, I would swap housings whenever I felt like it.

Costs:

Item Vendor

Cost

Tax

Total

(2) Used Taillight housings Withheld

$ 150.00

$ 11.63

$ 161.63

Meguiar’s PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish Amazon.com

$ 5.97

$ –

$ 5.97

Total: 

$ 167.60