Clear Coat My Third Brake Light?

BlueOvalFitter

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When my son bought his 04 (New style) F150 the 3rd brake light bulbs were burnt. He saw some nice LED lights on Amazon and replaced his with a new LED type. He gave me his old one. This light still looks practically brand new.
Q?; Would it do any good to clear coat it? I still have about a half can of UV Resistant clear coat left. I was thinking it would help the longevity of the lens in the summer heat here in La. I'm waiting on my gasket and LED bulbs I ordered from Amazon.

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gathermewool

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I think you're supposed to abrade the surface before use, but I don't remember the process. I'd wait for someone else to chime in on that before I did anything.
 
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The clearcoat won't adhere to it unless you scuff it. I would gently wet sand it with 2000 grit...just enough to take away the luster. Don't polish it, don't do anything else except clean it with a dab of lacquer thinner on a rag to remove any oil from your skin. THEN shoot it with your UV clear.

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Using a solution when there is no problem may lead to early trouble. So if it were mine, I would not do anything until it starts to haze or otherwise look bad. Then I would do the fine sand & buff routine similar to cloudy headlamps, and then finish with the clear coat. (Whenever it does start to get hazy, I bet it will be on the top surface where it does not matter much anyway.)
 
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