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Old 05-16-2004, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know how I can take the plastic covers off of the lights in order to clean inside of the housing? thanks.
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Old 05-16-2004, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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im not absolutely positive on this, so dont quote me, there is probably an easier way

but i was looking at a website where someone was making their own angel eyes, and in order to install them they had to take off the plastic covers. but the covers were glued to the light housing, so they actually took the lights and heated them in the oven to melt the glue so they could pry the plastic off

im not sure if thats how its done, but i doubt it would be worth the trouble just to clean them if this is the case

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Yeah they're glued on. I just took some mineral spirits to mine and they cleaned up nicely. Laquer thiner will melt the plastic very quickly, so use caution if that's the only solvent you've got.

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You might be able to just cut through the glue. I'm not sure how pliable it is, but kamykaziINC(sp?) did it to his with no problem.
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he also has ellipsoids though.

The NA spec are not meant to be opened, and the inside should not be dirty at all, as there is no way anything can get inside unless the bulb is removed.

The best procedure to clean the light is to wet sand it and use some scratch x or metal polish. Produces a much cleaner light and look.
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