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Old 01-17-2019, 06:29 AM   #1
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How many out there just painted over the lenses of the overhead lights or did full on body work and covered the holes and made them flush? Got a Thomas short bus and it would be a fiberglass job.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:41 AM   #2
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How many out there just painted over the lenses of the overhead lights or did full on body work and covered the holes and made them flush? Got a Thomas short bus and it would be a fiberglass job.
I'd just remove em.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:53 AM   #3
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We have removed all 8 on our bus in order to get it inspected. However we plan to reinstall the back 4 and wire them up for flood/backup lights with white lenses. The plan for the front is to plate the holes from the back and fill in the gap to make it all smooth.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:19 AM   #4
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Plan to run lights both front and back. Going to tie at least 1 into the reverse light. Thinking about a led lightbar on front and side for campsite.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:19 AM   #5
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How many out there just painted over the lenses of the overhead lights or did full on body work and covered the holes and made them flush? Got a Thomas short bus and it would be a fiberglass job.
If you have fiberglass endcaps the lenses might not go through. On my Corbeil the lights are flush mounted on the outside, so I just have screw holes and holes from the electrical to fill. I'm going to use a trick I found on a boating website to patch the holes. You take cover the outside with packing tape, put some mesh drywall tape on the inside and then gob the whole thing full of epoxy. The mesh and the inner glob help keep the plug from falling out and the packing tape gives you a pretty good starting point on a clean, flush outer surface. I'm also going to be spray foaming the caps, so that'll provide additional support to the plug to keep it from getting pushed in.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:02 PM   #6
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:41 PM   #7
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I would remove them to paint and then reinstall if keeping them. My front yellows will remain turn signals on the front and the red ones will get replaced with bright driving lights. Same on rear, bright back up lights.
I'm leaving all my eyebrows.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:43 PM   #8
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I covered them with diamond plate
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:09 AM   #9
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:26 AM   #10
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The body there is fiberglass. Prob. Just glass it in.
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