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Painting rear tail light housing (77 280z)


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I thought this was metal. Seems like this is plastic and getting very brittle where the old iron rusted screws were. I suppose this cannot go in the heating oven after powder coat?

Do they sell reproductions of it?

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240's were metal, 280 went to plastic. I would not recommend putting them in the oven. 

I am not sure about reproductions, I seem to remember a FB ad for some made of metal but shady looking outfit and expensive. 

They come up on eBay from time to time. 

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19 minutes ago, Terrapin Z said:

240's were metal, 280 went to plastic. I would not recommend putting them in the oven. 

I am not sure about reproductions, I seem to remember a FB ad for some made of metal but shady looking outfit and expensive. 

They come up on eBay from time to time. 

Yeah hard to find. Datsun Garage i saw today has a complete fiber glass panel for $900!!!

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Found the pair of 280 housings.  They are in pretty good shape, just need refinishing.  No cracks, screw holes are good.  One plastic boss at the reverse light area is damaged on one, repairable.

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So guys I decided to do some patch work on my panels. I used JB weld to strengthen plastic around holes etc and it is looking good.

Need some opinion on the color 🙂 i found this pic on ebay on the list. My initial paint was all black but i didn't liked it. So i bought a Matt Grey from homedepot and it did not quite turned out to be the color in ebay product.

I think it is kind of a smoky grey color. I am planning to try smoky grey kind of thing ...

Appreciate if someone know a closer match I can find at a local store?

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Just did my '71 tail light panels in December - although not sure if it's the same color shade used on the 280s.  Sanded the panels, sprayed Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Flat Gray Primer, wet sanded, sprayed Dupli-Color Perfect Match BFM0360 Dark Shadow Gray (CX) replaces T299, let sit for a day and then sprayed with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Matte Clear.  I'm pleased with the results in terms of color and texture.  

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I am happy with the results. Came back pretty good. Thanks for all the support guys. I am getting the interior cleaned and putting insulation. Once done major would be suspension. Next project for summer.

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