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Old 01-29-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Tinting the tail lights!

So since I got my GT about a month and a half ago I've been wanting to do the tail lights, third brake light and side markers. Well today is the day! I am about mid process right now, will post pictures later this evening!
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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I did mine and they look amazing
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Did you remove your side markers in order to tint? I want to do mine...
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Did you remove your side markers in order to tint? I want to do mine...
Yes I did, I have a delrin screwdriver/chisel tool I machined and used it to pop it out. very easy to get out, and pull the connector off and you're good to go.

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Looks good! I like the stock gas cap painted! I thought about doing it too. Just not sure yet!
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Did u buy ur wheels that color or did u paint em/ plastic dip em?
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Looks really good man
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I painted it all my self
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Just finished it up! I was able to to use compound on the marker lights and third brake light but was iffy about scuffing and using compound on the tail lights. so they have some orange peel from the clear but nothing horrible. there are three coats of vht and 5 coats clear. came out amazing looking, but to be on the safe side I'm going to let the clear gas out for a few days before polishing.
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I painted it all my self
What did u paint the wheels with? I have chrome foose like urs and want them black like that
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What did u paint the wheels with? I have chrome foose like urs and want them black like that
Are these what you had? These on mine before.

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And I went to auto zone and bought some high quality grey primer and then I bought gloss black and a clear coat. And a **** ton of sand paper
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Are these what you had? These on mine before.

And I went to auto zone and bought some high quality grey primer and then I bought gloss black and a clear coat. And a **** ton of sand paper
Yuupp! Was that ur first time doing that? What's the process because I thought of plastic dipping mine and using a clear coat but I think ur way looks a lot better
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Yuupp! Was that ur first time doing that? What's the process because I thought of plastic dipping mine and using a clear coat but I think ur way looks a lot better
. Iv done it before for my friends but here's what I did....first I cleaned all the rims spotless and hand dried every little part and sanded all the chrome tell it wasn't shinny anymore......then you take the primer and put a mist of it over the whole rim but not covering the whole thing....then you take the primer and cover all of the rim by going line by line.....you put 3 coats of primer on then sand it lightly and put one more coat of primer then use a very fine sand paper to and do it again....then do the same with your gloss but after the 3 rd coat WET SAND with a very fine paper. After that do 2 coats of clear coat and then wet sand and do ur final coat
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Just for You BEACHMONKEY100.

South Carolina Code 56-5-4510. Tail lamps required :: Lawserver

Every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer and pole trailer and any other vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a train of vehicles shall be equipped with at least one tail lamp mounted on the rear which, when lighted as herein required, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear; provided, that in the case of a train of vehicles only the tail lamp on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified.
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South Carolina Code 56-5-4510. Tail lamps required :: Lawserver

Every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer and pole trailer and any other vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a train of vehicles shall be equipped with at least one tail lamp mounted on the rear which, when lighted as herein required, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear; provided, that in the case of a train of vehicles only the tail lamp on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified.
Thanks for that! I actually tested that out when my lights are lit, they are visible! this is in running/parking lights. and during the day when break lights are needed. All is visible with no problem.

I do think it came out good! It looks a lot darker than it really is because of the shade and the way the sun was going down behind the house.
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Nice wheels!
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I tinted my lights like this, only the bottom half
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This is my 2010 next to a random 06 GT
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Is it easy to do? I thought about getting the smoked housings but it seems more cost effective to just tint... anyone have smoked? Any difference?
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Is it easy to do? I thought about getting the smoked housings but it seems more cost effective to just tint... anyone have smoked? Any difference?
Mine are smoked and I like em just fine! A lot cheaper
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I thought the tint was cheaper
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I thought the tint was cheaper
well the covers from what I have gathered from other buddies with mustangs is they pulled them off and went with either a film or vht nightshades. reason being is there were many negative effects with them that wasn't liked.

The cost for me to tint mine was the cost of acrylic lacquer which was 6 bucks since my buddy did his nitro lights and had half a can left over. then let the clear gas out and buffed with the 3 stage compounds from 3M.
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well the covers from what I have gathered from other buddies with mustangs is they pulled them off and went with either a film or vht nightshades. reason being is there were many negative effects with them that wasn't liked.

The cost for me to tint mine was the cost of acrylic lacquer which was 6 bucks since my buddy did his nitro lights and had half a can left over. then let the clear gas out and buffed with the 3 stage compounds from 3M.
You cleared and buffed your lights??? It looks duller then if you were just to use vht night shade
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You cleared and buffed your lights??? It looks duller then if you were just to use vht night shade
Yes I cleared mine, roughly 5 coats of clear. Then used the buffet with my three compounds from 3M. it looks almost flat just with nightshades, my brothers nitro tail lights came out that way but he liked the look, I didn't. So I knew to clear.
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When I nightshaded my old car tail lights it came out glossy as the paint, I just used a light polish
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Here's my cobalt just nightshade on the tail lights, yours doesn't look shiny at all that's why I was asking what you did
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When I nightshaded my old car tail lights it came out glossy as the paint, I just used a light polish
Any time I have ever used it no matter what the prep surface I have always gotten a dull/flat appearance. So naturally I just got some clear and did them that way to insure that I would get a nice glossy look after polished. Which they are, I just haven't updated the pictures lol..
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