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Old 07-06-2022, 06:09 PM
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Default What is this tape in the wingtip light cover?

I'm going to be replacing my wingtip nav lights with LEDs. I noticed there's some tape or gasket to keep water out. Looks worn out so I want to replace it at the same time. Does anyone know what it is and where I can buy some more?

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Old 07-06-2022, 07:03 PM
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Maybe double sided scotch tape?
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Old 07-06-2022, 07:15 PM
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I don't believe it is standard, so use whatever you want, or don't use anything.
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Old 07-06-2022, 07:29 PM
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I think it is chip guard or clear tape. My lens is attached like that and the vibration makes frosty spots at the contact points.

Good Idea actually, I think I'll try it, it is thin and won't mess with the contour match.

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Old 07-06-2022, 08:37 PM
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That almost looks like something that was used to keep the lens in position prior to putting the screw in and MAYbe adding some additional security. Whatever it was does not look too durable. I have some clear, double-sided tape (WalMart Aviation Supply, probably) that would do better at sealing that edge as it is thicker. Likely more water-resistant than Scotch tape. My lens is held on by rows of countersunk screws but is also much larger. I did not have anything sealing the edges and have no problem with water accumulation. I do have a small drain hole at the most inferior aspect of the lens....
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Old 07-06-2022, 09:53 PM
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Looks a lot like anti-chafe tape. Comes in several widths and opaque or clear. And does a fair job of sealing. Not a bad idea. Think Iíll use that on my wing lights.

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Old 07-07-2022, 07:38 AM
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Looks like double sided waterproof clear mounting tape for outdoor use.
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Old 07-07-2022, 05:42 PM
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I assumed it was part of the standard build, but good to know that it's not. Gotta think the builder would've have had a good reason to put this there, so I'll have to figure out an alternative. I've seen some clear, waterproof double sided tape for hanging stuff on walls and holding carpets, but not sure if they make it this thin.
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Old 07-08-2022, 07:29 AM
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I doubt it's double-sided tape, if it was, you'd have a heck of a time getting that cover off to replace a light bulb. As others have suggested, it's likely just anti-chafe tape, so either a vinyl or polyester with adhesive on one side, just to prevent abrading the lens if there is any vibration/movement between the two pieces.
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Old 07-08-2022, 09:09 AM
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It looks like the 3M Paint Protection film I used in a number of places on my build.
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