What to Do with Damaged Mercedes Benz C280 Turn Signal Lens
If there's one underrated car accessory out there, it must be automotive lighting lenses. The lenses are constantly exposed to different environmental conditions that make them as vulnerable as the fragile bulbs they cover. Rock chips, mud splashes, and heat weaken the lenses, making them susceptible to cracking and corroding. Your Mercedes Benz C280 turn signal lens goes through as much pressure as the other automotive lighting lenses do. Because of that, its quality wears off over time. Here are some issues that you might encounter:
Turn signal lenses become dirty after a while. Dirt accumulates on the surface, making your blinkers less intense. Dirty and cloudy lenses diffuse the light from the bulbs, and this reduces your turn signal's efficiency. You can restore the clarity of your blinker lenses by cleaning them regularly. Water and mild automotive detergent usually work well in removing the dirt buildup on the lenses. For stubborn, caked-on dirt, you can use a scrubbing pad or a soft-bristled brush to scour the lenses. Baking soda mixed with some water is also a great dirt and stain remover.
Scratches on turn signal lenses are inevitable especially if you take your car out for a daily drive. Fortunately, they are rather easy to spot and to remedy. A quick look on the surface of the lenses will show you how much damage you need to work on. If the scratches aren't too large or too deep, you can easily buff them out. Fine-grit sandpaper works great in smoothing out the surface of the lenses. Washing and sanding the lenses, followed by a good polishing, help in lessening the appearance of the scratches.
Driving with broken turn signal lenses could get you into trouble with traffic enforcers and other motorists. Broken lenses expose the bulbs inside the assembly, making them prone to failing out. You can put red lens repair tape to seal out the cracked portions on the lenses. The tape is translucent, so the light from the bulbs will still be able to shine through it. However, you might need a lens replacement if the damage is too big.