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So I smoked my TL's today

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by BulletToothTony, May 19, 2009.

  1. May 19, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    BulletToothTony

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    So i smoked my tail lights today and they turned out ok, i did not get the black glossy shine i was looking for :(.

    I used rust-oleum crystal clear enamel it says it will give a "glossy" finish but not enough for me. Can i buy another clear coat and put it over this one or will i have to sand it all down and start over?

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  2. May 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    looks like you didnt wetsand between coats..

    take what you have now, and wetsand it, then hit it again with clearcoat,wetsand LIGHTLY, then if you wanna do it properly, buff it with some good wax
     
  3. May 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM
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    FlawedXJ

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    smoking plastic is a bad idea man. :rasta:

    I've been hesitant to do my TL's cause i don't want them pitch black, and i want them the be just as shiny as stock. I've only seen one or two like that.
     
  4. May 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    Ok i'll give it a try tomorrow i used some turtle wax buffing compound and it helped a little bit but we'll see how it goes tomorrow.
     
  5. May 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    tacoholic

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    I first thought: "How many TL's does this dude have????"
    Then I realized: "Ohhhhhh shit he means taillights!" :laugh:
     
  6. May 19, 2009 at 6:54 PM
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    I just did it to mine. Just wet sand them till all the orange pell is gone then a cleaner wax, then polish. They will look like glass.
     
  7. May 19, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    So i need to use wax and the rubbing compound?
     
  8. May 19, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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    Blacked out lights and debadged.
    I did.
    1. Paint
    2. Let dry
    3. Wet sand the orange peal away. It will look scratched to hell.
    4. Then use a cleaner wax
    5. Then a polish

    I will try and get a pic of mine soon. It came out really well.
     
  9. May 19, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    Blacked out lights and debadged.
    Oh! Don't forget to do your third brake light. That is the one i did first. Just to see how it all came out
     
  10. May 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    Ok please do thanks, and i did it jsut wasnt in the pic :thumbsup:
     
  11. May 19, 2009 at 11:48 PM
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  12. May 20, 2009 at 5:48 AM
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  13. May 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM
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    Well i went and got the wax and some polish, i wet sanded then wax and polished them again. They turned out alot better then what they where but still not a high gloss shine :(. Oh well im done messing with them for this week maybe next week I'll take them off and try again :mad:.
     
  14. May 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM
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    Blacked out lights and debadged.
    Finally, I got my pic's of my TL's that i did. The 3rd one is with a flash. That's why its so light.

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  15. May 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM
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    I would not worry about it, those look good.
     
  16. May 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM
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    I like the look and its not glossy my kind of look good job.
     
  17. May 20, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    Much better with pics!
     
  18. May 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    What grit sandpaper did you use to wet sand? Start with 400, and then go over it again with 600. Each time you are turning large scratches into smaller scratches. It's a process, and if you skip any part of it the results will show in a dull or lack-luster finish.

    I smoked my tails today with Niteshades, and they turned out great.

    A bit darker than I expected though. I only did 2 coats. Guess I put them on a bit too heavy. [​IMG]

    I put 4 coats of clear over the Niteshades, wet sanded, buffed them out with rubbing compound, polish, and then wax. Smooth as a babies butt. [​IMG]

    One thing I did that not too many peeps talk about is I wet sanded the lenses before spraying the niteshades. That should help a lot with adhesion and keep them from pealing or flaking.

    If it all goes bad I'll just spend the cabbage and get some aftermarket tails. [​IMG]
     
  19. May 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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    I tried to debadge my buddy's IS250 yesterday, but ran into holes behind the badges... I see that your IS does not. Clarify?
     
  20. May 21, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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