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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Phantom_X-SP, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    Phantom_X-SP

    Phantom_X-SP [OP] Rude Boy |><|

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    They took a little longer than I anticipated but I'm satisfied with the result. I used one coat of the Pactra window tint and 5 coats of clear. Only one coat of tint since I didn't want it too dark.

    Here's a quick rundown of what I did:

    This is what they looked like painted (pre sanded). You can see the "orange peel" effect in the clear

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    I then lightly wet sanded with 1000grit then did more with the 2000 grit. The goal here is to get rid of the orange peel look. The tails will look really cloudy when you get finished with this step. Here's a pic of it should look like:

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    I then used a rubbing compound and rubbed the heck out of them (I used Turtle Wax Premium rubbing compound FWIW). You'll start to see the shine come back when you remove the compound. Next I applied the wax and watched the shine really take shape. For reference, here's a pic of a finished taillight next to one with just the rubbing compound:

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    And the finished product on the truck:

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    UPDATE:

    Quick update since I've recieved couple of PM's about this. The only prep I did to the taillights prior to painting was to spray some windex on the lights and clean them off with a wet cloth. The key is that they are completly clean. I did no sanding prior to painting.
     
  2. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    that looks pretty legit to me!!!
    I need to redo mine bad

    so sand
    rubbing compound
    wax
    paint
    clear
    in that order?
     
  3. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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    derekabraham

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    That looks good!!
     
  4. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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    ThreeMan

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    Looks nice.

    Order...

    Tint
    Clear
    Sand
    Polish
    Wax
     
  5. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM
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    dunkhi

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  6. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM
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    ramjm_2000

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    Nice and well done.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM
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    Phantom_X-SP

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    Thanks guys!

    Three man has the order right:thumbsup:
     
  8. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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    Zombie Runner

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    alright thanks. when i did mine the first time i did it out of order...I know what im doing this weekend!!!:cool:
     
  9. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM
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    Rudbwoy7s

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    nice. did they get noticebly dimmer @ night?
     
  10. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM
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    Viet2100

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    Nice! When I used to use that stuff, one coat didn't do anything for me.
     
  11. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM
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    phynyx38

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    Looks good I want to do mine :)
     
  12. Nov 6, 2009 at 1:12 PM
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    Phantom_X-SP

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    Haven't seen them at night yet but I can only imagine it would have to be somewhat dimmer. It's not much tint so I don't think it'll make a big difference.
     
  13. Nov 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    pataco

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    very nice work.to each there own.not my taste for sure.good way to get rear ended imo.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    Gunga

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    I agree. I guess I'm too old to get the concept of darkening the taillights. Is this legal or don't you care?
     
  15. Nov 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM
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    rossk35

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    How? They aren't that much darker then stock. It's a ver suddle tint he put on.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM
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    pataco

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    well ive seen SOME that r dark.and being a commercial truck driver that is a bad mix for sure.any alteration to the color of lights isnt a good idea.its hard to tell how dark yours r but i just dont think it a great idea.just my 2cents
     
  17. Nov 6, 2009 at 2:59 PM
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    Phantom_X-SP

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    I see your concern and the same was mine when I initially thought about doing this. The difference with mine is the tint is really light (only one coat applied) and it didn't make but a subtle difference in the appearance. The red in the housing is still plenty visibly. Mine are about the same shade as these stock Chevy Trailblazer tail lights:

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    I figure if an auto manufacturer is putting a similar shade tail light on thousands of their vehicles then I should be ok :anonymous:
     
  18. Nov 6, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    I think we should meet up so you can help with mine :)
     
  19. Nov 6, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    EXCELLENT JOB:headbang:
     
  20. Nov 6, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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    mwild

    mwild I CANT SPELL SO DONT BITCH

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    were do you get the tint spray
     
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