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anyone ever tint or smoke their tail lights??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by tacomathunder, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Jan 1, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    tacomathunder

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    i was wondering if anyone has ever tinted or smoked their tail lights... how did you do, with what product and from where...post pics please......thanks!
     
  2. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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    cmack

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    Tinted em. Slightly dark. :eek:
     
  3. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:02 AM
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    What did you use, and from where??
     
  4. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:04 AM
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    cmack

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    I think it was called vht Nightshade or something like that. Threw on like 2-3 coats and a couple clear coats. Just know that if you tint them, they will get darker once it sets.

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  5. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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    vht nightshade.
    some people use these steps:

    spray vht nightshade to the darkness you desire
    spray lots of clear coat to protect the paint
    sand it down using 1500grit to get the orange peal effect away
    use rubbing compound
    then wax it till it gets it shiny.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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    I used House of Color black Car Paint that was thinned out. Three light coats and 3 coats of car grade clear. THey are glossy and VERY dark but the light shines through VERY well.
     
  7. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:09 AM
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    cmack

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    NOt a bad idea. As long as the light gets through it's good.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:10 AM
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    Yeah I'll go take a pic
     
  9. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:12 AM
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    At night it shines well on mine. During the day they might be questionable. But I've had cops around me before with them during the day and have yet to get pulled over for them.
     
  10. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:21 AM
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    Sorry no ones with reverse or with brakes on. I don't have a person to help me take a picture right now haha
     
  11. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:27 AM
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    i guess i dont get it. the trucks look great! but the brake lights are for safety, right? i would want them brighter, not dimmer.

    i drive regularly in very dense fog..i want my brake lights simmering bright.
     
  12. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:30 AM
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    they look real good... wish i could find a quick and easy way to do it...i dont have a lot of time on my hands cuz of freakin homework, and workin out for the air force rotc
     
  13. Jan 2, 2010 at 12:36 AM
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    I think its safer (my veiw) because during the day they are still super bright and change from black to red. People can see I'm braking easier. also It passes all DOT tests in brightness.

    EDIT: But I completely understand where you are coming from about the safety issue if you were to do them too dark.
     
  14. Jan 2, 2010 at 1:27 AM
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    check out my tails. I used tamiya ts-71 smoke spray. thats all you need! get two cans they come out glossy and smooth out evenly on its own
     
  15. Jan 2, 2010 at 6:58 AM
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    I don't get why people sand down the VHT stuff. It doesn't say anything about sanding or adding clear on the instructions. It's all in how you spray it.

    I have tail light covers if you want them, OP.
     
  16. Jan 2, 2010 at 7:05 AM
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    i did vht niteshades, turned out well
     
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    You wet sand em down first to promote adhesion :cool:
     
  19. Jan 2, 2010 at 7:27 AM
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    We wet sanded mine and didn't use a clear coat, and they're perfectly fine still.... They do seem to be becoming less black and more of a purple tho :(


    Might have to redo mine soon. Btw we used VHF niteshade on mine.
     
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    I used VHT Niteshades to do mine. 3 coats plus 3 coats of clear. They are about the same shade as my windows BUT be careful and leave time between coats or you may over do it. I almost didn't pass inspection.
     
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