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04 tinting tail lights

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 04coma, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Sep 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    04coma

    04coma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    air aid intake and throttle body spacer billet grill clear corner lights and 3rdbrake decal "coma" :)
    i got this write up off another ct.com and i havent been able to find one on here for the 04s so im gunna post this one up however before i get started the guy said that since youre going to do the inside of the lens you do not need clear coat is this true??






    "Pretty simple to do. Cleaned the lens off with Windex and sprayed a couple of light layers of Pactra R/C window tint on the inside of the lens (on the inside so the trails can't scratch them up :cool:). Subtle but good looking. Didn't tint the reverse lights... for obvious reasons. ;)

    Here's a more detailed write-up:

    First off, go to your local hobby store (HobbyTownUSA, for example) and go into the R/C paints section. Get the Pactra brand R/C window tint. One can should be enough, but I got two, just in case. This should be around $3 per 3oz can. I only used about half of one can to do my tail lights[​IMG]. We used about a full can to do my friend's sentra's taillights (they are larger and we had to redo them because they weren't perfect :)).

    1. Remove tail lights from housing
    2. Mask off properly (as shown)
    3. Make sure the parts you are painting are CLEAN and free of dust.
    4. Spray LIGHT coats on within a few minutes. (i.e. one light coat, wait 5 minutes, another light coat, wait 5 minutes, repeat)
    5. I let them dry for 2 hours before putting them back on the truck. Depending on your local climate, you may need to wait longer.

    As a side note, I would also add that the rubber stripping that goes around the tail light[​IMG] will most likely fall off the lens when you pull it off the housing. Just make sure the rubber stripping is set in the right place on the housing and screw the lenses on over them.
     
  2. Sep 2, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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    04coma

    04coma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    air aid intake and throttle body spacer billet grill clear corner lights and 3rdbrake decal "coma" :)
    bumpity bump bump bump
     
  3. Sep 2, 2009 at 10:40 PM
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    SRQ TACO

    SRQ TACO "You've Got Red on You"

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    16'' 5zigen Streetfighters w/ 245/55R16 General Altimax HP's, K&N Filter w/ deckplate mod, Dynomax Super Turbo Muffler with turndown before the axle, 01-04 Tail lights tinted, Dual BMW M3 horns, JVC Headunit, JVC 6.5'' door Speakers, Pioneer Shallow Mount 1000W 12'' Sub, 1000W Amp, Monroe Gasmatics front and rear, 1.5'' Daystar Coil Spacer, JDM Smoked Headlights/Corners,2001 Bench Seat, Led swapped gauge cluster and AC controls, Ignition Light mod with blue led, OEM All weather Floor Mats, LED Dome Light, 6000K DDM Tuning HID's, Street Scene Grille and Valance inserts, Clear bumper lights with the fog light mod and JDM Yellow led's, Window Tint: 25% sides and 5% back, TRD Blue Oil Cap.
    Since I did it the same way and I have 01-04 Tails I will post pics for reference.

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  4. Sep 2, 2009 at 10:43 PM
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    SRQ TACO

    SRQ TACO "You've Got Red on You"

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    16'' 5zigen Streetfighters w/ 245/55R16 General Altimax HP's, K&N Filter w/ deckplate mod, Dynomax Super Turbo Muffler with turndown before the axle, 01-04 Tail lights tinted, Dual BMW M3 horns, JVC Headunit, JVC 6.5'' door Speakers, Pioneer Shallow Mount 1000W 12'' Sub, 1000W Amp, Monroe Gasmatics front and rear, 1.5'' Daystar Coil Spacer, JDM Smoked Headlights/Corners,2001 Bench Seat, Led swapped gauge cluster and AC controls, Ignition Light mod with blue led, OEM All weather Floor Mats, LED Dome Light, 6000K DDM Tuning HID's, Street Scene Grille and Valance inserts, Clear bumper lights with the fog light mod and JDM Yellow led's, Window Tint: 25% sides and 5% back, TRD Blue Oil Cap.
    To clean them before painting I recommend wiping them down with rubbing alcohol and letting any excess alcohol dry in sunlight before painting. just my .02
     
  5. Dec 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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    supremetaco2

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    +hp, lifted, lights, dif breather mod, debadged, shorty antenna...
    bump this how many coats did you apply to your tails? oh yeah anyone else did it this way?
     
  6. Dec 20, 2010 at 12:18 PM
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    MowTaco

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    Mine are the same as SRQ's but I painted the outside

    [​IMG]

    I tried clear coating them but it came out silver... i can't figure out what happened there. I ended up wet sanding down to where the red was showing through again and shot a few more coats of VHT niteshades. It still ended up looking pretty good.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM
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    supremetaco2

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    +hp, lifted, lights, dif breather mod, debadged, shorty antenna...
    thanks dude that looks sick! lol idk i might just do it on the inside depending how lazy i am feeling... haha
     
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