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HOW TO: Tinting tail lights, The right way (PICS)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by THExBUSxDRIVER, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Oct 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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    mattygaff

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    Any reason this couldn't be done to the head lights?
     
  2. Oct 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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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.
     
  3. Feb 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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    Does any one know what product to use
    To remove the vht paint from the tail light
    To redo them?
     
  4. Feb 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM
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    Acetone+elbow grease
     
  5. Feb 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM
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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.
     
  6. Feb 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM
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    I'm not brave enough to try that
     
  7. Mar 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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    Looks great. About to do mine right now!
     
  8. Mar 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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    THExBUSxDRIVER

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    Not enough.
    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.
    :thumbsup:


    Great to see folks still doing this simple mod!:)
     
  9. Mar 24, 2014 at 8:31 AM
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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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  10. Mar 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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  11. Mar 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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    Ummm... Did NOT mean the angry face! :)
     
  12. May 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM
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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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  13. May 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM
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    Did you clear coat? And if so how much clear? Cause that will make it or break basically
     
  14. May 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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    Yes I cleared. About 8 light coats. It's not that big of a deal, because the vht came out way darker than I wanted, so I'm going to strip it regardless. I didn't have any 2k grit sandpaper, only 1k. So I'll pick some up and see if that helps, which it probably will
     
  15. May 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM
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    Worked for my tundra too
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    Didn't put the clearcoats on though. Also taped the centers and did one less coat for better light visibility at the rear. Did the same helping @Sean266.

    Helpful hint: make sure the VHT is warm. Don't try to paint cold. If it's colder out put the can on the heat vent and warm it up. Heat gun also works to cure the VHT a lot faster.
     
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  16. Aug 4, 2014 at 4:24 AM
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    Sub'd for reference. Working on mine now -will post pics when done!
     
  17. Aug 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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  18. Sep 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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    Anybody done this to headlights? Only noticed tail lights...
     
  19. Oct 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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    Did my new truck. Three coats of tint and 6 I think of clear. Came out great! I hand waxed too.
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  20. Jan 24, 2015 at 9:41 PM
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    Came out very nice! I just got done doing mine , I used the clear krylon fusion and it didn't come out as glossy. But I did it all at night (and 50 degree weather BTW - came out fine) I'll post pics tomorrow.

    This writeup was very helpful, should be a sticky in the diy section:cool:
     
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