Car repair

Watch these car repair wizards perfectly restore a cracked taillight

When faced with a broken taillight, most of us either look to replace it…or throw bureaucracy over it and hope the police don’t notice. It turns out there’s a third, much more laborious way to do it.

Found on a Facebook page called Mechanic Steve, there is a shop in China that seems to specialize in tail light repair. In the hands of these mechanics, a dirty, cracked taillight bar can be restored to like-new (if not better than new) condition. Watch how it’s done:

Using a crushed piece of another taillight melted into a liquid, the taillight repairman takes the washed taillight cover and pour transparent red plastic where it is missing before removing the mold, sand and buff the area to blend. Then I guess some sort of clear coat is applied before another round of polishing is done. The result is a taillight bar that looks absolutely brand new.

In a separate video, the amber turn signal section of what looks like an old Lincoln is restored with the same level of care and craftsmanship. The chrome Lincoln logo that has faded over the years is repainted, an all new clear cover is fabricated and polished to a brilliant shine.

For the majority of people and their cars, is this sort of process really worth it rather than simply replacing the broken light with a new one (or, for older cars, finding and cleaning an undamaged lamp from a dump)? Maybe, maybe not. But for those with cars where taillight parts are in short supply for whatever reason, it’s good to know that solutions exist, even if it means shipping your stuff halfway around the world to get it done.

For everyone, however, the fact that there are people doing it and seeing it is very interesting in itself.

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