[DML] Re: Faded tail turn signal lens
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[DML] Re: Faded tail turn signal lens

I once thought about doing this and did find the correct color at Joanne's  
Fabrics, but when I looked closer I found 2 problems:
1) it seemed that only part of the turn signal lens was accessible  from the 
rear.  That is there was the lateral section which seemed seal off  from the 
2) On my lenses there was a milky white appearance which I didn't think  
would get any better by tinting the inside and tinting the outside seemed like  
too much wok because of the black lattice.
I waited and waited and finally bought a complete set of all lenses, bulbs,  
and headlight when they went on sale after the DMC Texas meeting.
D² & 6530

Message:  2         
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006  07:49:24 -0800
From: "Gekko@TDS"  <gekko@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Faded tail turn signal lens

I may  take heat from the purist DMC crowd, but here goes:

Many D's have this  problem:  One taillight lens has the original orange
section for the  turn signal on one side and the other is faded, almost as
clear as the  backup lens.  I'm told that Delorean used two different vendors
to  supply their lenses and one used a dye that didn't bond as well with  the
plexi-plastic lens, allowing it to fade, over time.

For the most  part, replacing the lens with a (now about $125.00) expensive
NOS or good  one from a wrecked car was the only choice.  I figured that
since my  car is not a garage trophy and will never need to be a perfect as  a
concourse show vehicle, I should look for a way to save and use  the
otherwise perfect lens.

At a local (chain) crafts store named  "Michael's" I bought a transparent
paint that's painted on glass panes to  produce a looks-like stained glass.
I didn't find "orange" but a rose-red  and yellow combined to make a really
close orange which I painted on the  inside of the lens.  It takes 10-20
hours to fully dry and took three  coats to get a density that approximates
the original, but at a savings of  $115 and an outward appearance that's very
near original, I'm very happy  with it and I've saved using up the dwindling
supplies of replacement  parts.

Just a suggestion!

Craig Werner


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