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Old 05-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Tinting Tail lights

I have read a couple write ups but i still have some questions.

Some people say sand/wet sand them then use rubbing compounds and polish and all this stuff and others say just clean them real well and spray a couple coats of nightshade on them.

Oh and what about paint adhesive? will that work as a substitute for sanding?

Which is better?

Also, what is the best way to get that 3rd light done? just tape newspaper around it?

Making up my list right now about to go to NAPA

Got VHT nightshade (1 can?)
Krylon gloss clear coat
headlight restore kit?
then if sanding turns out to be the best way ill add
green scotch pad
rubbing compound
plastx

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Old 05-07-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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add 2000 grit sand paper to that list. you want to scuff up the lights before you paint to get the paint to fully bond with the plastic.

After your spray your clear you will want to wet sand again with 2000, then use the platix to buff out the dull'ness.

for the 3rd brake light you can take it off, its just a little cover on there. same steps for this as well

I just did mine but in reverse order, removing old tint from my tails

here is the complete step by step write up

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...-way-pics.html
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alright i will get 2000 grit sandpaper instead of the scotch green pad

3 coats of shade and 1 of clear coat is perfect right? or more coats for darker?

and do i need the rubbing compound? what does that even do
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:03 PM   #4
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3 coats is a little dark... and more clear coats
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:06 PM   #5
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Check out this write up. I'm going to be doing this to my 06's and 2010's here pretty soon.
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...-way-pics.html
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:11 PM   #7
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No problem!! If you use that method let me know how it turns out. I will probably tint my sets next week sometime. I have everything except for some 800 grit sandpaper. Watch how many coats you put on of that nightshade stuff too. I know someone that did 2 coats and it came out pretty dark. I might just do 1 coat and call it good.
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yea ill take b4 and afters

no idea how long it'll take.

drying times the worst...
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yea ill take b4 and afters

no idea how long it'll take.

drying times the worst...
Yeah I think they said around 4 hours or so. So it will take a bit of time I presume. I am going to tint my 06's first one day then do the 2010's some other day.
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Niteshades, clean em off with alcohol and then spray 3 to 4 coats then add a couple clear coats and be done with it. I did this and have had zero problems with my lights. you dont need to sand.

Edit: Oh and dont forget the 3rd brakelight i noticed it one day walking up to my pickup, it stuck out pretty good.
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you were actually the guy i was talking about when i said some people say no sanding hahah
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:25 PM   #12
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Niteshades, clean em off with alcohol and then spray 3 to 4 coats then add a couple clear coats and be done with it. I did this and have had zero problems with my lights. you dont need to sand.

Edit: Oh and dont forget the 3rd brakelight i noticed it one day walking up to my pickup, it stuck out pretty good.
How long have you had them tinted for? From the looks of your pics, they dont seem to be to shiny. But thats good on your truck though cause it matches the color of the truck.
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yeah that Nightshades doesnt come out very glossy anyways. but the more clear coat the more glossy it'll be. I never wash the thing so that could be most of the problem it gets it about every 6 months or if i'm taking it somewhere special...Awwwwwww

Edit: I'll have to look at my build to see how long...i cant remember. I know one day a guy followed me home to find out how i did them and i gave him the rest of my can and the instructions

Edit: well hell it looks like it has been a full year this month!
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Edit: I'll have to look at my build to see how long...i cant remember. I know one day a guy followed me home to find out how i did them and i gave him the rest of my can and the instructions
I dont want anyone following me home haha
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