ADVICE please - Inner tail lights/reverse lights cloudy

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  1. 22 Mar 2015 at 1:13 PM #1
    mole51

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    Hi All,

    Have tried searching but haven't found anything. I've tried T-Cut, toothpaste (as recommended all over Google) and a few other light abrasives, but I'm stuck. My inner tail lights/reverse lights look horrible and 30 years old, whereas the main break lights look as new.

    Can anyone advise what I should use? Many thanks in advance :)

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  2. 22 Mar 2015 at 2:35 PM #2
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    I had the same, Looks like some panel wipe or similar had been swaffed over it at some point. Even though I got them a bit better, they still looked awful. I ended up getting a brand new set off ebay for about £30 and they made a huuuuuuge difference.
     
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    I also did a brand new M3 badge at the same time, as mine had faded worse than yours, and it really brought the rear back up to scratch!
     
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    Buy new oem £72
     
  7. 22 Mar 2015 at 4:13 PM #7
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    Yep. The seals on the lights go anyway.
     
  8. 22 Mar 2015 at 5:57 PM #8
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  9. 22 Mar 2015 at 8:50 PM #9
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    Thanks all for your advice! Seeing as the products that have been suggested are £30-40ish I've gone with Doctor Sta's advice and just bought a new pair off eBay for £39 :)

    Also Doctor Sta, where did you get your boot badge from? I can't find a single genuine looking one on eBay and I'm not paying £60ish from BMW for a new one! I've tried one from eBay before and it turned up plastic! :mad:
     
  10. 23 Mar 2015 at 9:12 AM #10
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    That wont be OEM
     
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    Does anyone know why the inner tail lights fog up but the outer tail lights don’t?
     
  12. 28 Oct 2018 at 9:00 AM #12
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    Possibly because they are on the boot lid which gets slammed shut leading to fractures in the glue between the lens and the back.
     
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    Maybe because they're made by another BMW supplier using different quality plastic is my guess, I bought non oem to replace my fogged up lenses over 5 years ago and they still look brand new, not sure of the brand though, depo possibly
     
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    Mine were not fogged until I followed a guide for removing the black mound because of seal failure
    Think the hot water to soften the glue did it
     
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    After attempting to de-mist mine (see link) , I finally accepted to bite the bullet and replace my inner tail lights (part nos. 63218364727 and 63218364728).*

    *Interestingly the boot lights for the post-facelight M3's (March 2003 onwards) are cheaper.

    Rybrook came in at over £100 for one, however I managed to get them both for under £200 from my local dealership using BMW Car Club discount.

    By just changing these somewhat pointless lights, has made a huge difference to the rear end. It no longer looks like a tired old car, but more like a fresh retro motor.

    Only issue is now I want to do my outers. Check my build thread for more updates.

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    I de-misted these less than 2 months ago. Shocking.

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    Max Verstappen and Jos Verstappen.

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    Installed.

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  16. 14 Mar 2019 at 9:35 PM #16
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    Had the same problem on my e92, I machine polished them to a nice shine but within a month or 2 they were cloudy again. Replaced the units and they’ve been fine for at least a year now.
     

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