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edlithgow
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PostSubject: Sidelight Sun Damage   Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:04 am

Should have done something about this sooner.

Too late for one sidelight,


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and the other one is pretty far gone too.


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I can probably get away with replacing these with cheap bicyle light covers, at least if I stay away from government inspection centres, but the other light covers may not be replaceable.

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I'm thinking maybe cover them with Clingfilm (Saran wrap in the US?) and maybe cover the car when not in use, which is most of the time.

Any other suggestions for protection?

I wondered about casting replacements from a clear resin, but that's likely to be very difficult even if I could get the stuff
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PostSubject: Re: Sidelight Sun Damage   Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:02 am

Try soaking the lens in cooking oil for a day or 2. It will help but wont last forever. It'll be abit of fun anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Sidelight Sun Damage   Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:28 am

greendefender123 wrote:
Try soaking the lens in cooking oil for a day or 2. It will help but wont last forever. It'll be abit of fun anyway.

ANOTHER automotive use for sunflower oil. Good thinking.

I had thought of using two layers of clingfilm/polythene sheet with SFO between them as a glue and maybe UV barrier.

Don't think I'd thought of treating the lens directly, but it does make sense. The oil may penetrate at least some of the cracks and glue the plastic together.

Downside is it'll probably discolour and attract dirt, which might result in a failed inspection. "Set" sunflower oil is effectively nearly impossible to clean off.

Probably worth the risk though. Non-government inspection centres arent very picky here.
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