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Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

Hi all,

I would like to remove the chrome taillight surrounds from my 2015 JGC Limited and plasti-dip them black. Does anyone know how to go about removing the lights so I can get the chrome surrounds off? In particular the lights on the tailgate look like a big job, so any advice would be most welcome.

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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

Not a difficult job for the most patrt. Before I go any further I would like to say that if you are interested I am selling OEM gloss black SRT bezels if you would rather go that route. $165 shipped priority.

Pop the rear hatch, for the outer lamps you will see two push pins for each housing. Use two flat head screw drivers to pry those out, then simply work the housing straight backwards. It will eventually give as the front most part of the housing is held in by a push pin kind deal. The lamps on the inner housing require removal of the inner interior liftgate trim piece. Do NOT remove that inner access panel as it is not necessary, plus I found the clips break very easily. I found the easiest way to get this panel off is get your fingers between the glass and plastic panel and simply start pulling. One of the clips will eventually give and just work your way around. There are NO screws whatsoever. Once those are out there are two connectors for the lights on that panel. Once thats out its just 4 10mm bolts for the inner housings to be removed.
Remember, there is one screw holding each tail light bezel on, its a very small torx bit, then the rest is double sided taped on. One side of each bezel is also held in place by the bezel end wrapping around so be careful as you are loosening the double sided tape that you dont crack the bezel. I may have made it seem more difficult than it is, but its not bad. I did it for the first time recently with no issues whatsoever and didnt break a single thing. if you are interested in my SRT bezels shoot me a PM, I can ship today, and they will look more complete and finished than plasti-dip.

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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

Wow James, thank you for such a comprehensive reply!

I have already plasti-dipped the jeep logo, and it looks great, so I think I'll keep the same look running on the surrounds as well. Thank you for the offer however, and if I break the standard ones while removing I'll be in touch

I'm in Australia, so postage could be an issue
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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

I pulled the lights and dipped the chrome without removing it from the lights. Just taped off the majority of it and peeled of excess.
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I pulled the lights and dipped the chrome without removing it from the lights. Just taped off the majority of it and peeled of excess.
Thanks Micah.

Is that because it's difficult to remove the chrome trim from the lights?
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Thanks Micah.



Is that because it's difficult to remove the chrome trim from the lights?

I can't speak to the difficulty because I didn't try. I decided to eliminate the risk just in case. The only issue I had was getting unwanted texture but that had more to do with my technique.
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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

I did it with them still on the car, that's the beauty of plastidip. Just peel off the excess.
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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

Where abouts in Aus mate?

I've dipped my wheels, front Jeep badge and grille rings—the tail light and fog light bezels and other badges are on the cards for *hopefully* this weekend. My plan is to keep the bezels on the Jeep though. These seem a lot more difficult to remove than the grille rings were.
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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

I'm in Melbourne mate. I want to do the grille as well but thought that looked like a huge job. Did you have much trouble?
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Re: Removing rear taillight surrounds to plasti-dip.

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I'm in Melbourne mate. I want to do the grille as well but thought that looked like a huge job. Did you have much trouble?
The grille is actually quite straightforward if you remove the rings—you'll get mixed reports from people as to how hard this is to do, but the key is to know where the tabs are and use a firm touch when popping them out. You'll need some trim removal tools to do it, but I picked up a set from Autobarn for about $20.

I posted some info and a couple of pics in a different thread on doing this. You can check these out here: Plasti-Dipped gill rings

I used the Anthracite Grey Plasti on mine with this end result
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