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VHT nightshades ruined my day

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Rd515, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    Rd515

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    Decided to tint my tailights this weekend. Looked up the thread "how to tint your tailights the right way." Followed it to a T (except for using gasoline to clean the light)

    After putting on the nightshade and cleat coats, I noticed a bunch of little cracks. They were extremely noticeable when lit up. I began wet sanding the paint and nightshade off, thinking that the nightshade didn't stick well (causing a cracked look...)

    But I got the nightshade off, and all the cracks were still there. Tailights ruined.

    Anyone had a similar problem. Calling the company tomorrow
     
  2. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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    Has anyone*
     
  3. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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  4. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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    Yup. one of my friends did it to his third brake light and parking lights. got all cracked like what you said.
     
  5. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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    Dont know exactly how the procedure goes, but whats wrong with the regular old autozone spray on tints? (Lens tint i think they are called... iirc)
    Got em on my tails...
    No problem whatsoever.
    No cracks no fading, and still looks clean.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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    Also cheap.
    I think it cost me $5???
    Cheapest and fastesy mod ive done. Lol
     
  7. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    cmack

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    You did it wrong.
     
  8. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    thats what i was about to say. that happened to me my first time trying my 3rd brake light. i didnt sand enough and coated it too thick. cracked like hell
     
  9. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    Did you clean it with gas? Gasoline is a nasty solvent and eats most anything.
     
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    Yup. Coat too thick.
     
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    Too bad the lights are ruined. I'm guessing the gasoline on the plastic lens covers might have something to do with the cracks. From what I've seen gasoline will melt or damage certain plastics. Good luck finding a fix.
     
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    ^ yep...i've had the same thing happen useing too heavy of a coat of spray paint. Also, too much clear coat will do the same thing to the paint underneth...better off with a few light coats than one heavy one.
     
  13. Jun 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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    I'm guessing not enough wait time to let the VHT tack before adding another coat.
     
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    I've done a few pairs and learned that one...good thing I didn't care about scratches though lol

    That too.
     
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    I have a spare set of tail lights. Where in California are you?
     
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    I did not use gasoline to clean the tailight. I did not put a thick coat on.

    I think it was the wait time as mentioned above. I did 1 coat with VHT, them waited 20 mins and did 3 clear coats.

    Nonetheless, how will this cause cracks in the plastic? I can understand the paint causing a cracked look. But cracking the actual plastic?
     
  17. Jun 3, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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    I actually already bought another pair. Did the process a little differently, turned out A LOT better
     
  18. Jun 3, 2012 at 11:58 PM
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    Extremely helpful.
     
  19. Jun 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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    must have been some sort of chemical reaction causing the plastic to crack. what did you use to clean the tail lights off with?
     
  20. Jun 4, 2012 at 3:28 AM
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    I can almost assure you you put too many coats on or applied it too thick. Also I would NEVER in a bazillion years use gasoline to clean ANYTHING. It's way too harsh for plastic. Next time just use rubbing alcohol.
     
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