How To Fix A Broken Tail Light
If you have a broken tail light, you want to get your tail light fixed as soon as possible. You should not drive around with a broken tail light. It can make it more difficult for other drivers to spot what you are doing, especially during the long dark winter evenings and mornings. Additionally, driving around with a broken tail light can cause you to incur a ticket. You can easily repair a hole or broken spot on your tail light; here's how:
#1 Purchase A Lens Repair Kit
First, you are going to want to purchase a lens repair kit from your local auto parts store. These lens repair kits come with resin, a catalyst and a coloring agent that you can use to fix the broken area on your tail light. It should also come with some plastic tape, a mixing cup, and a stir stick.
#2 Cover Up Non-Damaged Areas
Second, take the plastic tape out of the lens repair kit. Apply the tape around the area of the taillight that is not damaged. You want to put it all around the area you are going to repair. The tape will help prevent the resin that you will use to fix the taillight from leaking onto non-damaged areas of the tail light and your vehicle.
#3 Mix Up the Resin
Before you mix up the resin, put on a pair of gloves. You don't want to get the resin on your skin; it can be hard to remove from your skin. The kit should come with a mixing cup for the resin solution. If the kit doesn't come with a mixing cup, use a plastic container that you can throw away when you are done.
The kit should contain exact instructions on the portion of resin, catalyst and coloring agent to mix together. Make sure that the kit is well mixed together and that you mix the color evenly into the solution.
#4 Put Resin in The Syringe
Once you have mixed the resin, you are going to need to transfer it to the syringe. Remove the top from the syringe and place the top of the mixing container next to the syringe. Pour the solution into the syringe. Be sure to stop before you get to the top of the syringe, so the solution doesn't drip down the sides of the syringe.
#5 Fill in The Hole
Take the syringe and use it to fill in the hole in your tail light. Start by filling the hole at the bottom, and work your way up to the top of the hole. Make sure that you cover the entire hole, carefully checking that you have enough solution around the edges and that you got the solution into any small cracks that may be radiating out from the main hole in your tail light.
#6 Allow the Solution to Cure
Next, let the solution cure. This usually takes a couple of hours, although your repair kit should give you the exact amount of time. Don't drive during this time; just let the solution set and harden.
After the appropriate amount of cure time has passed, take the tape off from around the repaired area. If the resin is a little thick, use a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the area you filled in. Your tail light is now fixed and should be working properly.
Contact a company like Collisions Plus Performance for more information and assistance.