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Tinting tail lights?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by RPain, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Mar 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    RPain

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  2. Mar 21, 2010 at 6:31 AM
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    If I'm not mistaken, the 1st gen tails actually come apart, allowing you to tint the inside of the lens.

    I'm pretty sure I've seen a thread from months ago showing how to smoke 1st gen tail lights. Try the search feature.
     
  3. Mar 21, 2010 at 7:38 AM
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    I would NOT paint the inside of the 1st gen tail lights. They are the older style, meaning it uses the lens to fuse and spread the light output. Also, the lens is tinted so you wouldn't really be able to see it. The 2nd gens have a clear lens over it so that you can see the paint/mod.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    looks like im stuck with ugly tail lights =P or spend lots of money on custom ones
     
  5. Mar 22, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    Remove the tails. My lenses came right off. Do a bit of wet sanding to clean it up. Apply light coats of VHT Nightshade. I recommend only doing maybe 1.5. It sets and gets darker over time, and you don't want to go too dark. Then add 2 clear coats or so and bingo. Make sure you don't go too dark. ColtsTRD and I did ours. Mine came out too dark, again it sets over time and gets darker. Tint the outside of the leses, not the inside.


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  8. Mar 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    thanks cmack yours look sick
     
  9. Sep 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    Hey CMACK, what year is your truck? I own a 2000 Taco that shares the same color as your truck. The tail lights look awesome, can not wait to get started on mine but would like to have the 411 on all the ends and outs.
    I was looking into tinting my tail lights also, but was looking into a post the "xbusxdriver" posted on his 2nd gen truck with the clear lens...it rocks. I wonder if I can apply some of his tactics plus your to make my Taco look sharp?
     
  10. Sep 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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    How did you get those like that?
     
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    My son is the IT manager at the Honda dealership here in town and there body shop did them. $60.00. One coat only, do not want a ticket.
     
  13. Sep 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    Awsome! That's a good deal!
     
  14. Sep 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    This stuff worked well for me, and a few SD CT members. Its RC window tint, from the hobby store.

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  15. Sep 18, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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    one more pic

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    Hey Doc, what steps did you take for the tinting?
     
  17. Sep 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    hmm way to bring back a dead thread. i tinted my tails a couple months ago...
     
  18. Sep 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM
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    i have film on mine and i had film on my first gen too.....60 bucks at a tint shop
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  19. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:09 PM
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    I wasnt the one who did my tails. Chris (from CT, cant remember his SN), did them.

    All he did was scuff the lens (outside) with a scotch brite pad, clean the lens, applied the RC tint (apply coats till satisfied with shade), then sprayed clear.

    I believe he did 3 coats on mine.
     
  20. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    Thanks Doc! I am searching for such item, I might just have to order online.
    Beast: I was also looking into film but was not sure...or at least I had not heard anything on the life of the product.
    Thanks for the info guys.
     
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