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

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

  1. Sep 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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    Proeliator72

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    Sub for future reference.
     
  2. Sep 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM
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    HiFinest Shiggz

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    Think imma try this on my IPCW aftermarket tails...
     
  3. Sep 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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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.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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    I did by hand. Only because I was too anxious and my drill died. :( It can be done. Mine look pretty shinetastic.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2013 at 6:02 AM
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    TRD Toy85

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    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
     
  6. Sep 13, 2013 at 5:33 AM
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    Mine are still holding up well. I think i added 4 coats clear, so still nice n shiney.
     
  7. Sep 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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    Looks good as heck! I think I'm gonna do this rather than buying a whole new tail light
     
  8. Sep 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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    HiFinest Shiggz

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

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    Sweeeeeeet.

    Any reason this couldn't be done to the head lights?
     
  10. Oct 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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    Rocketball

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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.
     
  11. 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?
     
  12. Feb 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM
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    Acetone+elbow grease
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. Feb 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM
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    I'm not brave enough to try that
     
  15. Mar 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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    Looks great. About to do mine right now!
     
  16. Mar 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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    THExBUSxDRIVER [OP] Victory is reserved...

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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!:)
     
  17. 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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  18. Mar 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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    Lindsey Walrod

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  20. May 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM
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    Detective_Dan

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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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