This is a detailed write up on how to replace your cracked/weathered or basically old red third brake light with a new stylish smoked, clear, or red new piece..
1) Phillips head screw driver (if you choose to paint entire housing)
2) Electrical tape
3) Dremel with cut off wheels and sanding attachments
5) Florescent light cover ( you need the wrap around one as it is thicker, NOT the drop ceiling kind)
^^^can be found at Home Depot or Lowes 12-13 dollars
Total time est 1-3hrs depending on your skills.
Unhook third brake light power in trunk area.
Gently push left and right tabs in and slide the rear trim piece from the front trim piece holding the brake light assembly on (Note, I chose to remove the whole assembly to re paint it. To do this there are two phillips head screws holding the entire brake light assembly in on the bottom of the rear seat deck carpet..
Gently pull out the lighting assembly to get to the factory red plastic cover.
Remove red plastic cover and place it on th inside of the florescent light cover. Trace out the mold with a Sharpie.
Dremel time, Begin to cut out your traced mold with a dremel using the cutoff wheel attachment.
After you mold is cut pretty much to scale, lay it on top of the original red light cover and tape them firmly together..
With the sanding attachment on the Dremel begin to sand the new plastic piece to scale with the original red one..
Install your new and improved light cover from steps 1-4 in reverse order
Enjoy your new cover
You can also make a smoked cover by using a light coat of taillight tint..
You can also make a red cover by using red spray tint..