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KennyMagura
post Jun 7 2012, 03:44 PM
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Got it done at Curtiss-Ryan Honda in Shelton CT. Insurance paid for it and the total was $990... Just glad to have my Strat back lol happy with how it turned out!
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post Jun 7 2012, 04:59 PM
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It looks good. Congratulations on getting your Strat back in better shape.
It's a good thing the bumper cover wasn't damaged bad enough that it had to be replaced, they might have totalled the car ! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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KennyMagura
post Jun 7 2012, 06:24 PM
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Lmao I know I was so nervous heading to the consultation with Geico. If he said totaled I was gonna just walk out cuz there's no way I'm getting rid of it anytime soon. My rental was a 2012 jetta 2.5 SE. It was the most unresponsive gas guzzling piece of crap, couldn't wait to get my car back.
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post Jun 7 2012, 06:26 PM
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Now that the bumper is so fresh it's really noticeable that the reverse lights are getting yellow... I might try plastix on them, do you have any other suggestions to get them back clear?
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post Jun 7 2012, 07:03 PM
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QUOTE (KennyMagura @ Jun 7 2012, 09:26 PM) *
Now that the bumper is so fresh it's really noticeable that the reverse lights are getting yellow... I might try plastix on them, do you have any other suggestions to get them back clear?


Use 1500-2000-2500 grit sand paper in that order. Rotate Vertical / Horizontal with each grit as you wet sand. Then hit it with PlastX. Works a lot better if you have a DA polisher, but you can results by hand as well.
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KennyMagura
post Jun 7 2012, 07:10 PM
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Thanks, I'll try it maybe tomorrow.. Does home depot carry those grit sandpapers?
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post Jun 7 2012, 08:12 PM
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I bought mine from Autozone since Home Depot didn't have grits that fine.
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post Jun 8 2012, 02:53 PM
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And that cost is why I don't want to pay out-of-pocket to fix my quarter panel....

Looks good, congrats on getting to keep it (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

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KennyMagura
post Jun 9 2012, 08:04 AM
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Yeah I know because in all honesty if the insurance wasn't paying I would just leave it.

So I didn't get around to going to Autozone for the sand paper. I just took some rubbing compound and a microfiber cloth and rubbed it in the pattern that you told me to Centurin. Then I used some Plastx I had in the garage and put a nice layer of wax on them when finished. I think they came out pretty good for 15 minutes of work an not spending and money just using things I had lying around.

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Makes me want to get some high power LEDs for them haha.
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post Jun 9 2012, 10:00 AM
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LED's cost $25/each but look really good. You can even tint them and see better than your current setup.
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KennyMagura
post Jun 9 2012, 11:20 AM
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I was actually considering tinting all my real lights like people on here do but the cops around here are a bunch of bored assholes and I know I would get a ticket. My good friend had her sentras lights tinted and got a ticket within a week lol. I saw a set of LEDs for $20 on vleds.com.. They weren't the highest output offered but it should be better than filament right?
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post Jun 9 2012, 12:24 PM
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Just tint the reflection areas. Plenty of members have done that modification and there's some great HOW-TO's to do it, I'm actually doing mine finally this weekend.
I'd just stick with superbrightleds.com, they're tried & true. Possibly waste $40 with bad LEDs (I've spent enough money on crap from eBay for simple things like that I refuse to use eBay for 'cheap' things)

Your state might have laws against tinting tail lights, they're allowed to pull you over and are simply doing their job. Modify your car according to your local laws.
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KennyMagura
post Jun 9 2012, 02:24 PM
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Yeah I'm gonna have to read the how to to leave the round parts red. I feel like it will be too complicated for me lol. Yeah we have the laws here so I can't really blame them. I feel it's a little excessive to get a fine just for having a license plate frame though.
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post Jun 9 2012, 02:55 PM
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I only tinted the areas on my tails that don't produce light. 100% legal and still looks great. I don't like all black tails anyway
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