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Old 05-18-2011, 06:52 PM
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Super neat trick for pulling off late model taillamps

I saw a guy doing this today and it just blew me away. On many later model cars and trucks (Chevy being one) the tail lamps have a pin that goes into a clip on the quarter panel. As you can see in the photo of the back side.

The light goes straight into the back of the car clipping in and then a couple of screws hold it. But honestly, those clips are VERY strong. It is very common to break the light pulling it off.

So check out this trick, you put duct tape on to the light using it as a handle being you can't grab it anywhere! BRILLIANT!

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:22 PM
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Freaken-A man. Never thought of that.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:40 PM
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Very cool !!! GOOD OLD DUCT TAPE !!!!
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Wow, great Idea. I used to use cellophane tape to seperate window tint from the backing material , but this trick is too cool.
Maybe a good post should be how many ways can you use duct tape.
Just dont do any RED GREEN show tricks with it.
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Oh yeah, I've done that before. It's been a while since I've done production but I think it's necessary on the nissan 350's or maybe the infiniti that looks like one??? It's almost impossible to get it off without duct tape unless you want to break it cause the tail light is pointy
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:23 PM
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next martinsr will find a use for that new fangled baling twine...
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Ironic how duct tape is good for everything except ducts.
It should never be used on ductwork.

You rock Brian, keep the tips coming!
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:25 AM
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Gorilla glue has come out with a new duct tape its supposed to be the strongest tape on the planet,10.00 a roll....I wonder if my mentor, Red Green has used it yet???
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a little off topic question for Brian

Brian, I know you know a lot of tips in production so I was wondering if a spray on adhesion promoter would work for prepping plastic emblems for double sided tape? I've never tried it like that and have always been at shops that have the 3m wipes. Don't want to buy a whole box for this. And advice appreciated.
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First off, honestly, you replace the emblems. I have never had an insurance company give any lip on replacing tape on emblems. Even the cheapest cut throat insurance companies don't say a single word. I replace emblems that sell for over a hundred dollars without so much as a word from them.

Just recently had to buy a complete kit for an Acura (gold plated) for $150 just to replace the two on a deck lid, they didn't say a thing.

So first off, replace them and don't go thru the hassle of re-taping.

But if you do, the 3M adhesion promotor wipes are the cats meow! We use it all the time for two sided tape components that we are re-using.

I have never used a spray on so I couldn't tell you how it well it works.

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yeah, I'm not really an insurance company so there won't be any buying it if I have a roll of double sided tape.
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