These are some nasty tail light buckets. It looks like the inside was sprayed the same blue as the car and the backside was red before it was covered with undercoating tar. Yuk. And under the blue paint on the front it looks like plenty of rust. But no worries. I have a couple of good friends to help with the clean up.
Here it is after a few minutes with my friend Aircraft Stripper. They look much better but now you can see all the rust. Now it’s time to give them a bath.
Here they are after soaking with my friend muriatic acid. If you don’t like messing with hazardous chemicals then maybe sand blasting or media blasting is for you. I kind of like the chemicals myself. They do a nice job and while they’re working you can sit down and have a chicken quesadilla.
The muriatic acid is from a swimming pool supply store. It’s only about $4 for a gallon. Just dilute it 50/50 with water and remember; always add acid to water, not water to acid. And wear gloves and don’t breathe the vapors and don’t run with scissors. Follow those simple rules and you’ll be OK as long as you don’t spill the stuff on yourself or your pets. Anyway, after a nice soothing acid bath and a wash down the buckets are ready to be coated with a primer sealer. I’m thinking these need a nice coat of silver paint too.
Here is the chrome trim and the lense. These are not in the best of shape but they will have to do for a while; like maybe until this recession ends. I’ll just clean them up as best as I can for now.