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    Tail Lamp cracks

    Hey guys,

    so i've had my 2012 Hatch for less than 1 year from the Subaru dealer (Chaplin's in Bellevue, WA) and I have just started making cosmetic mods. I noticed my tail lights had a little condensation in them and a lot of small cracks everywhere along the lens on both the brake/turn and reverse lens. I hadn't noticed before mainly because I hadn't really looked that closely at the tail lights.

    I proceeded to paint them with VHT Red Night Shade thinking the cracks would be less noticeable and I could live with it.

    Well, the cracks are even more noticeable now and I'm really pissed that they even have cracks to begin with (not to mention the condensation issue)

    Has anyone else had this problem with their rear lamps?

    Should I drop by the dealer and try to get them replaced under warranty?

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    i wouldnt have painted them because dealer could maybe say the paint caused the cracks or something but id stop by and let them know about it
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    I know you're not saying this, but how could tail-light paint crack taillights? I have never heard of that ever happening.

    I have been very happy with Chaplins to-date and their service, but if they claim that my paint did this, they will be losing a customer for life.

    I didn't want to have to get them replaced, but there are so many cracks it is ridiculous and probably the cause of the condensation issue that I noticed.

    What could have cause this to happen in the first place? Could it have been delivered to me that way and I just didn't notice?

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    it most likely couldnt but they can try to say things to make it your problem and not lose money for your new lights.. chaplins in MD?
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    If it was cracked before you painted them, why didn't you just go to the dealership and have them look at them and see if they'd replace them under warranty? I highly doubt that the dealership would replace them after you've painted them. Especially with VHT having a history or cracking lenses.
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    i never knew VHT could cause lenses to crack


    but his lenses were cracked before he painted too
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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    If it was cracked before you painted them, why didn't you just go to the dealership and have them look at them and see if they'd replace them under warranty? I highly doubt that the dealership would replace them after you've painted them. Especially with VHT having a history or cracking lenses.
    This x10. VHT can crack taillights.
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    The problem I see with the "VHT cracks lenses" is whether or not the lens were cracked before hand and just not noticed. In my case, the cracks were hard to notice when clear, then bright as day with the red on (opposite of what I wanted...)

    It could be that the people suffering cracking issues with VHT did not store in the proper temp for the proper duration... I haven't looked at their cases though, just pondering.

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    since VHT seems to have a cracking problem and you have it on your lights id say to clean them off and take in to dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolatemm View Post
    The problem I see with the "VHT cracks lenses" is whether or not the lens were cracked before hand and just not noticed. In my case, the cracks were hard to notice when clear, then bright as day with the red on (opposite of what I wanted...)

    It could be that the people suffering cracking issues with VHT did not store in the proper temp for the proper duration... I haven't looked at their cases though, just pondering.
    Not trying to be rude, but the theory of that happening for other people is irrelevant. The fact is that you knew they were cracked before you painted them, the dealership won't. That's going to present a huge problem for you if you try to claim them under warranty now.
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    I also masked off the turn-signal and reverse sections of the tail lights and those also have cracks, what would they have to say about that!?

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    well hey ya have some options here

    -clean fully off, take in to dealer, lie about ever painting them.

    -take in to dealer as is, say were cracked before painting...

    -clean off, take in to dealer, if they ask say they were painted but cracked before

    -live with it

    -take taillights off or paint them black, get rear ended and get ins to cover damages and get tails replaced..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolatemm View Post
    I also masked off the turn-signal and reverse sections of the tail lights and those also have cracks, what would they have to say about that!?
    wellll theres the winner!!! take em in!
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    k, i'm gunna plasti-dip them BRB...

    EDIT: ^ yeah, I forgot to mention that part... I'll drop by this afternoon and give them my case and see what they do to mah body.

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    plastidip???? nooooo stoppp lol. dont touch em. take em in
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