Crud on Side Marker inside Fender Well

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    70DusterBob Well-Known Member

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    I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to get the road grime off the side markers that accumulated for 45 years! I would like to get my side markers working, but they need new bulbs and I can't figure how to "Safely" remove all that crud that is on them.

    Any ideas?

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    Probably amateur under coating restoration..........

    Seen it many times. Slowly turn fasteners and work it loose.........
     
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      assuming it is undercoating - a hair dryer on high (do not use a heat gun!) and a medium blade screw driver to clean/scrape the goo/crude - the heat will also make getting the nuts loose easier - carb cleaner to clean the tools later
       
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        Not sure it is undercoating. It seems like dirt that is compressed, big time. I "think" it is road grime from 45 years of driving. I will double check to see if it might be undercoating, but the car was not really worked on much before I got it. It sat for a number of years, but it seems like the must have driven it through a hundred mud puddles or something, lol?

        If it is dirt how could I get it off. I can't get to the nuts to turn them, they are buried in this stuff. ugh But the dirt is like rock or something now, very, very, vvvvvvvery hard.
         
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        medium wire brush - carefully
         
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          maybe get in there with some hot water and scotch-brite and see if the dirt comes away and what it leaves behind..
           
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            Yeah, a wire brush and/or scotch bright would work with water. Never thought of that.

            Thanks. I will try it in the morning.
             
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            You could do like the mining industry, take a core sample.

            Find a heavy area, and drill into it with a 1/8" bit at slow speed. See what comes out.

            Probably decades old hardened road tar.
             
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