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Old 05-16-2011, 04:35 PM   #69
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Originally Posted by Fat Black Pig Sac View Post
did taillights today.....

Originally Posted by P.Rico View Post
Please don't listen to the above poster. 450 Fahrenheit on a front headlamp, made of polycarbonate (PC), will cause it to melt, even more so the taillamp, which are usually made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). These plastics, which are not as impact resistant as PC, melt at 160 C but will probably begin to meltflow at the temperatures people use to melt the butyl rubber seal on headlamps. You can go through threads here and see idiots who've tried it and then have cried about ruining their tails.

The referenced guy with the taillamp modification either 1) used a low enough temperature or locally heated the butyl seal with a heatgun just enough to get it to be pliable, or 2) cut the seal with an exacto knife and some brute force.
So Fat Black Pig Sac: How did you get your tails open? What temp did you use? or did you use some other method? I've been wanting to do this on my car, even more so than the headlights and I'd really like to know. Thanks
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