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    Blacked out center piece

    Does anyone know where i can find the black center piece that goes between the tail lights? The one without the decals. Thanks

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    GM doesn't make a version without logo of some sort or the other - just remove the logo on your current center piece - can be wet sanded off with VERY fine paper

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    Yes they do make them order a filler plate for a 93 to 97 formula i have a 2001 with one on it and looks great.

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    I wet sanded mine with 2000 grit with a little dawn dish soap, then polishing compond and then a coat of wax.

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    A member on here sells them, PontiacFan i believe
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    Thanks nhra-

    Yes, I do occasionally sell them outright. I pick up the old faded units & rework them into really nice lookin' pieces.

    I've done literally DOZENS of these things over the last couple years, ..., & have two in stock right now for sale or trade. $45 shipped if anyone is interested. $30 if you send me your old one first.

    I start with a 600 grit, keeping it wet, using a small 1/4 sheet sander.
    Then on to 1200-1500 by hand, then finish by hand with 2000 grit.
    Then I use an old Black & Decker orbital polisher with Zaino's Glass Polish first, then on to the Zaino Plastic Polish.

    They turn out excellent. Beautiful glossy shine. Had a guy one time, complained that it didn't match the taillights now because of too much shine! So he sent me the taillights to polish them also!

    You'll get the same/similar description by most anyone else who has done it. Although some may not put that much work into it, .... You can also use other brands of polish. I've tried others, but didn't get the same quality results as I do with the Zaino process.

    Good Luck!

    (By the way, I do all this with the units screwed down to my temp workbench work surface. Not on the car.)


    And yes, you can buy them from GM without the text & bird already. But they'll cost ya twice as much or more depending on the style you want.

    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Firebird V6) = 5977293
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Formula) (plain black - no logo) = 5977294
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 94 25th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 5977296
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-94 Trans Am) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-97 Firebird 3800 GT V6) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-98 Trans Am) = 5977286
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 Trans Am) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 30th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 16525477
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 00-02 Trans Am) = 5977286
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 02 CETA) (silver logo) = 10312725
    Last edited by PontiacFan; 01-27-2006 at 09:37 AM.

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    Why could one not just use decal remover on it? Isn't that all they are and how much are the ones from GM. A lot of times . I'm to lazy and have no patience to sit there and sand all of that. I'm always afraid I'm going to mess up too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmMan
    Why could one not just use decal remover on it?
    They are 'embossed' in to the plastic with the ink.
    You can easily remove the ink, but the slight embossed outline is still there.

    Call your local GM dealer for the cost, or check GMpartsdirect.com

    That's another reason why I do it for ya, ..., makes it simple for the people who may not have the tools to do it themselves.

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    Thanks alot fellas, really great info, i appreciate it. I have one question for ya PontiacFan, if i were to go your route and send you my panel for you to do it, would i have to continue waxing it so it could keep its luster, or would it fade if i didnt do it? Do you put some sort of clear on it? Thanks again.

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    You simply use the same care & cleaning method that you use now for the taillights & center section. No clearcoat necessary.

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    Whats the average cost of a new one. (02) TA

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    All from GmPartsDirect.com
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Firebird V6) = 5977293---------------------$105.60 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Formula) (plain black - no logo) = 5977294--$102.13 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 94 25th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 5977296--------- (Not available anymore)
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-94 Trans Am) = 5978095----------------------$100.72 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-97 Firebird 3800 GT V6) = 5978095-------------$100.72 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-98 Trans Am) = 5977286-----------------------$95.65 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 Trans Am) = 5978095--------------------------$100.72 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 30th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 16525477--------$97.70 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 00-02 Trans Am) = 5977286 ----------------------$95.65 w/s&h&tax
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 02 CETA) (silver logo) = 10312725-----------------$108.09 w/s&h&tax

    Your welcome, ...

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    Thanks again

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