Do's and Don'ts
Tail light guards are often stereotyped as
bling rather than protection. Sometimes, the design is really important than the purpose of it. However, if you live in the city and parallel parking is common, then there’s a really great chance that your tail light might get broken or cracked. So, it’s better to protect it and purchase a tail light guard. There are a lot of different styles and a lot of stores that sell the finest guards, but you have to be careful as you may end up purchasing one that’s not fit for your automobile. So here’s a guide for you to keep in mind if you’re going to buy a new tail light guard.
- Before going to the store, get the dimensions of your tail light. It’s hard if you keep running in and out of the store to check the tail light guards and measure it directly on your car. It may be a good idea, but getting the measurements may save you enough time.
- Read reviews on the Internet so that you’ll know what type of tail light guard to buy. These experts have already an inkling on the best guards in the market.
- Explore the World Wide Web. Though it’s a good idea to buy directly in auto stores, the tail light guard that you might need may not be readily available. There are a lot of online automotive retailers out there. Plus, they come directly from the factory or warehouses, hence there’s a greater possibility of getting the exact guard that you need.
- It’s good to canvass prices. There are a lot of expensive guards but are not really that durable. Find one that’s affordable yet will definitely serve its purpose.
- Get a tail light guard that fits well on your car. Be sure that it does not look odd when mounted.
- Although there’s an inclination that it’s getting to be more about the tail light guard being a
decoration for your car, it doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re not free to choose designs. Get creative; besides, it’s your car and you can install the parts you want.
- If you’re thinking about visiting your local salvage yard, stop! Don’t try to dig into the loads of used parts there. Though you may be able to save up, you might end up paying double the price if it ends up jeopardizing your tail light.
- Don’t be fooled by the other brands out there. They may look really expensive, some of them come from suspicious brands and could end up breaking before you even mount it on your tail light.
These are just a few tips for you to keep in mind when scouting for a new tail light guard. Don’t forget to explore and good luck!
Guard Your Tail Light Guard
If you live in the city and parallel parking is how most of the cars park, then it’s quite inevitable for your tail light guard to break or crack. When this happens, there’s really no reason for you to go to a mechanic to do the job for you. You’ll be shocked at the expensive prices you’d encounter. However, why suffer having to pay for really crazy fees when you can remedy the damage or cracks on your own? Read on for a surefire way to repair the cracks on your vehicle’s tail light guard.
Difficulty level: easy
Tools You’ll Need:
- Flat chisel
- Rubber gloves
- Safety goggles
- Repair kit (syringe, bottle, repair materials, catalyst, plastic film)
Step 1: Using the screwdriver, or just the flat chisel, remove the tail light lens and loosen the screws holding it in place.
Step 2: The important part to repair is the inside of the tail light, so turn it over so you can see the insides. Taking the plastic film, place it over the crack at the inside of the lenses.
Step 3: Prepare the crack filler by mixing the catalyst activator inside the bottle from the repair kit. Shake the bottle well. You’ll know it’s ready when it begins to heat up.
Step 4:Taking the syringe, take the mixture and fill it in. Next, slowly but surely, fill in the cracks. It’s best to do it slowly to avoid the overflowing of the mixture.
Step 5: Dry for 24 hours.
Safety Tip: Remember to wear your goggles to protect your eyes and gloves to avoid getting the mixture in your hands. It’s better to prevent and stay away from accidents.
Whoever said to take your cracked tail light guard to the mechanic clearly has not read these 5 easy steps. Now, step in to your garage and repair the cracks in your guard. Good luck!