2G Removing paint from taillights

Posted by MasterMatt209, May 11, 2018

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  1. MasterMatt209

    MasterMatt209 Proven Member

    Joined Jan 17, 2015
    Danville, Indiana

    So my brother picked up a set of the rare clear taillights for whopping 40 bucks. They’re perfect besides someone painted the center piece to match their car. Does anyone have advice on how we can eat the paint off and restore the piece back to clear?

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    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    T25   automatic
    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    Street Build

    T25   automatic
  2. Mello

    Mello Proven Member

    Joined Jul 4, 2003
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Sand paper, elbow grease & polishing like when restoring yellowed headlight lens.
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  3. Paraquat

    Paraquat Probationary Member

    Joined Jun 18, 2009
    New Britain, Connecticut
    A plastic safe lacquer thinner would help. I think 3M safest thinner, it's available at the big box hardware places. Polish and wax.

  4. Techn0Nut1996

    Techn0Nut1996 Probationary Member

    Joined Jan 20, 2017
    Ames, Iowa
    I just did the same except with removing night shade. I used sandpaper and a headlight restoration rubbing compound. The order of the sandpaper was: 320, 400, 500, 800, 1000, 3000, then the 2 step rubbing compound for a super clear OEM finish. Took me about 6 hours to wet sand and do all 3 sections of the tail lights, but I took my time and the center section had some sun damage that I worked out of it too.
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  5. techboy

    techboy Proven Member

    Joined Feb 3, 2018
    Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
    I have a rear Talon light I'm looking to sell in the near future that I need to remove some black-out from. Thanks for the information guys.
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    13.876 @ 106.97 MPH

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