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I am going to copy and paste from another forum in which I posted a thread. Some of this will seem to be past tense since I did it in stages. I just can't be arsed to re-type it.....

OK, I can't just let the tail lights go..... I look at the back of my car all day at work and that chrome is mocking me. I know probably a little over dramatic on the description but it would be far less funny if I just said I didn't like them. Some years ago on one of my 3 Escort GTs (can't remember which one) I had water collecting in my headlamp. So, I cut the clear lens off the housing, cleaned and dried everything and re-glued the lens and it worked like a charm.

Since the chrome on my Fusion tail light is the bane of my existence I decided to buy one tail light assembly to experiment with. I plan to cut the lens off and then decide if it would be best to remove the chrome altogether or paint it black. My car is black by the way..... I am uncertain at this point if the chrome is part of the structure but from a visual inspection It looks like it merely sits between a solid red lens and the clear outer one. Fortunately, I am able to get a new assembly from Ford for about $100 which is COMPLETLY worth it to try and get rid of the chrome.

got the lense off the assembly.... I cracked part of it I hope I can salvage it to the point that it won't look bad from 5' away. The chrome is the main part that has the red lense attached to it. So, that said I will have to paint the inner chrome piece black. Maybe I can get some of it done at work tomorrow. That was the "easy" part, now I get to see how much a pain in the rump it is to paint and get everything glued back together.

Here is a pic of some of the components


Alrighty, I got the "new" tail light all painted up and installed. I ended up using some clear silicone to hold it all together so hopefully it will be able to withstand the elements. It is suppose to rain here in Dallas the next several days (just in time for my clean black car) so I should be able to get some good R&D out of that. I am very pleased with the way it turned out though I need to figure out a better way to remove the lense from the housing. It isn't noticeable in the pic but like I said before I cracked the lense. I did take note of the previous suggestion about heating up the glue and I think I am going to take a pass on that one. The glue used seemd to be very much like a glue we use at work that actually fuses the plastic together. I once I started to Dremel the joint it came off pretty nicely but there was some discoloration along that joint. I may need to do some black striping along the outer edge to cover that up. Honestly, I am thinking I might be a little too picky because I am not sure someone would be able to tell. I will get through this week with the rain and see how it holds up. If all goes well then I will do the other one next weekend. Here are the pics......






If anyone lives in Dallas and has a black SEL V6 with no spoiler I'd love to swap trunks straight up. I will even perform the labor at your house or mine. For obvious lettering reasons it needs to be the same model as my car. By the way I took delivery on my car on Feb. 21st so the finish is perfect..... I am just not crazy about the spoiler.
 

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No offense but it makes the chrome on the trunk look out of place. If my car where black I'd trade that lol.
 

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That is straight up awesome! finally, someone did it.... it looks great, although I'd probably paint black or body color, IMO.
Congrats anyways.
 

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[quote author=mechanicboy18 link=topic=72644.msg1283266#msg1283266 date=1174543126]
No offense but it makes the chrome on the trunk look out of place. If my car where black I'd trade that lol.
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There may be something done about that.... Any further modification on the rear will be accessed after I see whether the mod worked. If it does then I will proceed further with some ideas I have. If it doesn't then it was worth my $100 to at least attempt a fix for something I wasn't crazy about.
 

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Im telling you the heating up works :p I did it... 3 of 4 times to tail lights for a Mazda Protege. But to each is his own. Ill trade you the chrome trunk trim for an all black one :)

 

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[quote author=youknowwhoibee link=topic=72644.msg1284055#msg1284055 date=1174583612]
Im telling you the heating up works :p I did it... 3 of 4 times to tail lights for a Mazda Protege. But to each is his own. Ill trade you the chrome trunk trim for an all black one :) [/quote]

Alright, I may give it a shot since you assert that it'll work. What did you use to put the Protege' assembly back together? As far as the trim goes I was just considering using a 3m vinyl that we use for exterior lettering at the company I work for.
 

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My only question is, how well are they re-sealed? Do you get any condensation on the inside of the tail lights?

I plan on doing a tail light mod close to this. I have an older set (that I tinted too dark and resanded back to normal) and I plan on taking the breaklights apart, and sanding down the chrome, adding some adhesion promoter, and spray gunning them black, clearcoating them and putting them back together. It will give me an affect close to what you have done to your lights, but it will be a perfect match to the rest of the color of the car. Kinda like the same thing I did on my chrome grille.

My only worry is that if they are not re-sealed correctly, condensation will dew up on the inside of the tail lights. It's something that I don't want to deal with. I already have another set of tail lights, so these old ones are just waiting to try something new with. I really like your idea, but I feel they could be done up just a tad better. (please don't think I'm knocking your efforts,I just know what type of look I'm shooting for)
 
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