How to Repair a Broken Taillight Lens

Nowadays, new taillight assemblies are a little expensive just like the body shop does to remove and install the new ones. This easy task can be done by anyone to save some money.

The minor annoyance of a broken taillight can be efficiently and quickly repaired by using automotive repair tape. Just follow the simple directions.

Things Needed

  • Red automotive repair tape
  • Pliers

Broken Taillight Lens


Step 1:

Buy a red automotive tape. It will vary in size and color but most of the stores sell tape that are specifically for taillight repair.

Step 2:

Any broken plastics or glass protruding from the taillight should be cleared away. Pliers should be used for clearing the chucks. Before applying tape, the jagged pieces of plastic or glass should be removed.

Step 3:

If the bulb in the taillight is not working, then replace it. The bulbs must be operational before the repair tape is applied. The owner’s manual can be consulted for knowing the vehicle’s proper bulb replacement.

Step 4:

The tape has to be attached in strips to the taillight. The width of the light has to be measured and cut proper strips to suit. The tape should be horizontally applied from right to left. The strips can overlap by almost half an inch. Keep applying until the broken light is properly and completely sealed.

Tips and Precautions

  • The owner’s manual can be consulted for proper repair procedures.
  • Wear hand gloves when tackling with broken glass pieces.