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Tinted Tails & 3rd brake light

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RPain, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Jul 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    RPain

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    Got bored yesterday afternoon so I headed over to pepboys and picked up some VHT Nightshade, some Krylon clear coat, and some 1000 grit sand paper.

    Started by taking the light covers off and cleaning them with some denatured alcohol (any cleaning product works).

    Meanwhile the 1000 grit sandpaper was soaking in some water. I then sanded down both covers till they looked faded and proceeded to clean them with the alcohol one more time.

    Laid out some newspapers and set the covers down on them and did 2 coats of VHT nightshade on them waiting 20 minutes between each coat.

    After that I did 4 coats of clear to give it that glossy appearance and for some protection waiting 15 mintues between each coat.

    Didn't bother with sanding them down one more time and polishing/waxing them but I didn't need to because they look great. Here's the finished product.

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  2. Jul 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    03redtaco

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    Good Job man. Looks alot better then others that i have seen on here.
     
  3. Jul 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    Came out looking really good.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    Looks great, good job! I'm going to try this next weekend.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    thanks, i recommend it to anyone cuz its easy and cheap.
     
  6. Jul 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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    Looks great!! :thumbsup:
     
  7. Jul 5, 2010 at 12:36 AM
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    i'm not big on the whole debadging thing i like having them. but thanks peeps :D
     
  8. Jul 7, 2010 at 5:41 AM
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    great job, looks great! :thumbsup:
     
  9. Jul 7, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    Definately going to do this once i get back from this deployment. Looks badass bud
     
  10. Jul 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    Thanks for your service atown! and thanks aswell harrelsen
     
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    Looks nice man, I'm gonna do this next paycheck.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    only 25 bucks ha!
     
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    Thanks for the post. I just got done with mine and they look awesome. I couldnt get them as shiny as yours but they look fine just the way they are. Thanks again for the idea.
     
  14. Sep 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    I used this as a model too, mine didn't come out nearly as good. I guess I didn't sand them first so I suppose that's what went wrong. Mine also turned silver when I tried the clear, don't know wtf happened there so I sanded it off and tried again. Yours look great!
     
  15. Sep 7, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    haha thanks idk what could have gone wrong with yours. not sanding it wouldn't have made it not shine it just helps hold the vht on the light better. and are you sure you got the clear coat and not silver :p
     
  16. Sep 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    That's what I was beginning to wonder... It says clear and has a clear cap so I shot it on a coke box sitting in the basement and it was clear.

    I also taped off the reverse lights to keep them nice and bright.

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  17. Sep 7, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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  18. Sep 7, 2010 at 11:50 PM
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    i think they look great man. mine had that kind of dull look to them so i just kept spraying more clear coat till i had it smooth
     
  19. Sep 7, 2010 at 11:53 PM
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    :thumbsup: Looks great bud


    I'm gonna do a couple more coats on mine to darken em up...I'm leaving mine with a matte finish though :D
     
  20. Sep 7, 2010 at 11:55 PM
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    Ryan,

    Where did you buy the VHT Nightshade? I have been looking around for them, but it seems know one knows what I am talking about.
     
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