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Use this method to black out tail lights

Post by aaron on January 5th 2008, 12:55 pm

Thats right, I painted my accord black. Turned out well. I then wanted to black out the tail lights to see what that would look like. I bought some of the film from a seller on eBay to apply to the tail lights. The film was a flop and it bubbled up bad. So I realized that the paint is so thin that you can see right through it (in the first coat). So I sanded down my tail lights with 1000 grit and did the same thing that I did on the first coat on my car. Rolled on tail light black out. Now there are some things to take into consideration here:

1. My tail lights were already f*d up from the film. So I had nothing to lose.
2. I would not sand on a pair of $200 tail lights (clear, euro, or whatever)
3. THE BLACK PAINT FOR TAIL LIGHTS SHOULD BE THINNED OUT 50/50. Too thick and you wouldn't be able to see any light through the lenses.

I took a risk at doing the tail lights...but I had a pretty good idea what it would turn out like. If I had applied it too thick, I would have quickly have removed the paint with mineral spirits and started over with a thinner coat.

I will post some pictures later today. It is raining here and I don't think that a rainy pic would do the tail lights justice. Stay tuned. yea yea
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Post by Matt on January 5th 2008, 1:08 pm

Man they looked good last night. I have been looking for the VHT transparancy black spray paint used for stain glass windows but I think this would work better. Might be another little side project for the Ranger.

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Tail light tinting ideas.

Post by 85S10project on January 5th 2008, 6:55 pm

Here are some ideas to what you can do to tint your taillights or running lights just using dollar store spray paint. Just paint them in the dark and do lite coats thats how I do mine and with the running lights on.

This is my 91 camaro that they are tinted a dark red


This would be my 83 camaro with them tinted very black


Then my wifes truck that I tinted all the lights







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Post by aaron on January 6th 2008, 2:21 pm

looks good. however, I would worry about it being too dark and not being able to see the tail lights. But even still it is an inexpensive way to do it. I like the roll on method because you can watch it go on smoothly and self level and you dont have to worry about overspray or any of that nonsense yea yea
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Post by 85S10project on January 6th 2008, 5:25 pm

I just paint them on at nite with my running lights on. It works out really good. You can still see the lights lit up real well.
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