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Old 01-18-2005, 09:23 PM   #1
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how to paintTail Lights

Hey what all would I need to do if I wanted paint my red 97 taillights, like setup wise, Thanks Matt
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:24 PM   #2
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paint the rim of the tail lights or the lens itself?
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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The bezel , I want to paint them black, like do i need primer, or what since its plastic. Thanks
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i dont think you need primer but i could be wrong
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I have no clue just wondering, before I messed it up, and I don't want to pay 100 for new ones.
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id use some like 400 or finer grit sandpaper and use that to take the clearcoat off the bezels, its gone when it isnt shiney anymore, then prime and paint it like anything else.

just did my entire car with rattle cans...I thought I was fond of them before...now we are best friends, and sanded the whole car by hand so i can most likely bend steel if I tried
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you dont have to prime it

Wet sand it with 400-600 grit sandpaper till the clear is off then tape it up really good around the lens

Then you put 2-3 coats of base and 2-3 coats of clear on it and make sure to let it dry good
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I have some pictures around the house of me painting my last mustang and if I can find them i will put them up
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What kind of paint do I use, and where do I get it, like autozone, Paint for plastic or what?, Thanks alot for all of your help.
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I would personally check out the junkyards in the area first... Especially cuz there are probably some bezels already black out there, or even if they aren't they will be cheaper than new.
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id still prime though just cuz paint sticks better to primer then it does to paint, even if it is roughed up with no clearcoat
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id still prime though just cuz paint sticks better to primer then it does to paint, even if it is roughed up with no clearcoat
if the paint is cracked then yes you will have to prep and primer, but if not just take off the clear coat and paint on the basecoat. paint sticks to paint very well.
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First thought was to go to junkyards but not to many keep mustang parts on hand, they go quick, thats what the guy told me.
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The paint is not cracked its in perfect condition. hurts to sand paper them, but I want them black.
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What kind of paint do I use, and where do I get it, like autozone, Paint for plastic or what?, Thanks alot for all of your help.
Auto paint store, you can get a pint of black of your choice and a pint of clearcoat and thats all you need.

You do not need to primer it, if you sand it well primer isnt necessary
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do u have a paint gun and compressor?
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do u have a paint gun and compressor?
Yea those will be required.. lol
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paint gun and compressor?, nope don't have those, how much are they, or how much would all this cost in the end just to paint my taillights?
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Yea those will be required.. lol
and water trap for the gun.
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paint gun and compressor?, nope don't have those, how much are they, or how much would all this cost in the end just to paint my taillights?
if you dont have that rent them.
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So about how much for this project?
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rattle can! take ur time and just put more coats on it (its thinner) and it will turn out fine...
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depends on what paint you get.
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a guesstimate?
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rattle can! take ur time and just put more coats on it (its thinner) and it will turn out fine...
Never will a rattle can touch my car
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should cost liek 150 with good paint since its a small area
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I can buy new lights for that, thank for letting me know, so I didn't waste time and money. Thanks
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it cost me 220 dollars for gallon of teal base, pint of silver, primer for fixing a few small dents(pint worth) gallon of clear, sand paper and degreaser(removing dirt and wax)
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If you already had a paint gun and compressor you could do it for 50-60 dollars
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If you already had a paint gun and compressor you could do it for 50-60 dollars
yeah but h does not know how to do it so he will prolly end up messing it up a coupel of times
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Yeah but I dont' so I guess im better off getting some new ones, Thanks guys, you've all help alot,

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if you need more body work help hit me up.
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u can do it with rattle cans for about 10 can of black and a can of clear...
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Buy the OEM black plastic ones to replace the bezel you have now. No paint needed. Just add some Mothers Back to Black every once in awhile to keep the shine.
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RATTLE CAN!!!

I used it on my bumper and side scoops. All I did was sand the fck out of them, primer, then I put 4 coats of base on and 3 coats of clear. It still looks fine 9 months later....
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