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Old 09-05-2013, 10:44 PM   #481
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #482
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Think imma try this on my IPCW aftermarket tails...
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #483
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How many people tried to do the buffing compound/wax with a applicator pad & elbow grease rather than a electric buffer?

I bought all the stuff but have no electric buffer, just applicator pads.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:50 PM   #484
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How many people tried to do the buffing compound/wax with a applicator pad & elbow grease rather than a electric buffer?

I bought all the stuff but have no electric buffer, just applicator pads.
I did by hand. Only because I was too anxious and my drill died. It can be done. Mine look pretty shinetastic.
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How many people tried to do the buffing compound/wax with a applicator pad & elbow grease rather than a electric buffer?

I bought all the stuff but have no electric buffer, just applicator pads.
I recommend buying a cheap 30$ harbor freight buffer . I have one and it works great , just keep it in the minimum speed if you inexperienced like me . Just get some descents pads from amazon or autotopia
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Mine are still holding up well. I think i added 4 coats clear, so still nice n shiney.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:10 AM   #487
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Looks good as heck! I think I'm gonna do this rather than buying a whole new tail light
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:31 PM   #488
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Just finished tinting my tails and third brake light! I actually tinted my IPCW aftermarket tails just to go with a different look! Followed the steps on this thread and they came out sick!!! Only thing I did different is apply the rubbing compound, plastic x and wax all by hand. Took a bit of sweat to do but they came out great!
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #489
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Sweeeeeeet.

Any reason this couldn't be done to the head lights?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:23 AM   #490
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I don't have a buffer either, but doing mine by hand wasn't getting the results I wanted.

After wet sanding up to 1200 grit, I used an electric drill with a Mothers Power Ball and Turtle Wax liquid polishing compound (non-abrasive) to get the mirror finish I was looking for. It worked like a charm.
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Does any one know what product to use
To remove the vht paint from the tail light
To redo them?
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #492
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Does any one know what product to use

To remove the vht paint from the tail light

To redo them?

Acetone+elbow grease
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:44 PM   #493
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Does any one know what product to use
To remove the vht paint from the tail light
To redo them?
I used a 5" random orbital sander with 400 grit paper. Yes, I really did. Since you are sanding off tint, it's easy to tell when you are thru the tint and need to stop sanding, plus, the sanding gets the surface ready for the new tint.
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I used a 5" random orbital sander with 400 grit paper. Yes, I really did. Since you are sanding off tint, it's easy to tell when you are thru the tint and need to stop sanding, plus, the sanding gets the surface ready for the new tint.

I'm not brave enough to try that
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:36 PM   #495
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Looks great. About to do mine right now!
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Sweeeeeeet.

Any reason this couldn't be done to the head lights?
No reason it couldn't be done BUT more reason that it shouldn't be done.

You'll lose light output and possibly get yourself a ticket.
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Looks great. About to do mine right now!



Great to see folks still doing this simple mod!
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:31 AM   #497
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Just did my 3rd brake as a test run! Highest grit I used was 600 because that's all I could find and I wanted to get it done. For the tails I'll use 2000 like the op says. I like how it came out. This is two coats.

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Little bit of a thread revival here, but how did you get here lights so shiny? I'm using a mothers Powerball and rubbing compound and plastx to buff and polish but I could not get them to shine like yours did even after over an hour of polishing. Going to sand them down this weekend and redo it to get the high-gloss finish because the VHT did not come out how I wanted.
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