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Anybody know how to bleach orange plastic??

Discussion in 'Sport Truck Exterior Accessories' started by Spas, September 19, 2002.

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  1. Spas

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    Okay, seeing as to how I'm about the only goober on this site with the Lunar visor (that won't ever come off because I'd have to have the whole roof repainted from the damage it caused :( ) I thought I'd at least try something different with it.

    I'm thinking about getting clear corners and trying to lose a lot of the blatant orange poking out from blinkers, tail lights, etc....especially those damn little orange lights on the visor! I drive an actual rig for a living now-I don't need a pint sized look alike anymore ;)

    Anyone know how to bleach the color out of them?? Black magic gave me an idea with his tinted tails; I'm thinking it would look better if I bleached the little lights and sprayed over them to make them look dark, but still be able to light up at night....
    Help! Need opinions!
     
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  3. Hartman

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    I've heard that gas works in removing the paint from the plastic, but be careful. I haven't tried it myself so I don't know if this is true or not.
     
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    same here. heard about the gas, but never heard from someone who actually tried it. one word of caution, gas will melt plastic in a few minutes so if you try it (please, so the rest of us will know:D ) rinse it out soon afterward.
     
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    Is the plastic orange or is it a thin film(tinting film) or paint on the inside of clear plastic? ill try it on another persons car.... lol
     
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    Really? I thought it was the plastic itself that was colored! I happen to have a spare set of the orange covers for the little lights from the replacement package that Lund sent me (the 1st time the visor was put on wrong)...I guess I'll experiment on them instead of my neighbor's cars :D

    Gasoline, huh? What octane? :D

    Think bleach would work?
     
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    I was able to ruin one of my clear corners with bleach, so that might work.
     
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    how abouts did you ruin it?
     
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    hrm tuna breath with bleach = :thumbsup:
     
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    Get out of the sport truck forum, you PITA! :p

    I'm gonna bleach you next time I see you...like Michael Jackson! :D LOL
     
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    Its not my fault a was searching all the new threads and this popped up :p
     
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    Clear lights

    They sell Clear cover replacements for those ambers , my buddy had them on his tahoe

    Nick-
     
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    Are you sure they're for the lund *Lunar* visor, Nick?? If so, who sells them and where? Thanks!
     
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    i got a way better idea. recently a lot of custom trucks have been at shows with frenched in tail lights or third brake lights that have been painted over completely, but the light still shines through when they are lit up. you could just put a thin coat of paint over them and it would look smooth during the day and lit up at night. or if you painted them and disconnected the lights you wouldn't see them at all (i'm not sure if you want them to light up at night or not) hope this helps a little
     
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    That's the plan, Expo! Great minds think alike :D Because two of the lights are in the grey striped area of my X, I was thinking of putting a light coat of the same platinum paint over them and using the smoked light stuff like black magic did on his tails for the other three.

    I just thought the light would shine through better if the plexiglass was clear before I paint over it, instead of orange....Think?

    The other dilemma is whether to keep the white bulbs in there or swap for a different color-but if I do that, I'll have to wire the lights to come on withOUT the parking lights, cuz theyll be illegal at that point...

    Any ideas, anybody?
     
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    i'd leave them lighting up as is. glad to here that you like that idea/already thought of it
     
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    ;) Still not as cool of an idea as your grill though....
     
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    thanks:D :D

    why don't you make one, or have me make you one. i have a spare grille shell and a spare billet insert laying around somewhere...

    i could make it so that the bars in the billet were part of the flame pattern as well probably. or maybe i'll just make it for myself... and be able to switch back and forth
     
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    i love ur grill expo. I wanna get the same brand billet grille....how hard is it to do the flame thingy? i might be interested in buying one already doen liek yours if you have one to sell.
     
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    the flame thing isn't that hard, but i didn't think the carbon fiber stuff was that hard either (and a few members whos names i won't mention have tried that with no success at all). i do have the mesh stuff laying around in my garage and an extra grille shell and jbm insert in my garage. nnnick- your truck has a red grille shell correct? that could change the way you'll want it to look. the black and chrome would still look good, but you could do a chrome on red back ground as well. fyi- i tried to do it chrome on white originally for my truck, but there wasn't enough contrast. however, i think the chrome on red would provide the contrast necessary and it would look great like that. pm me if you want to discuss this some more.
     






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