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    HOW TO - tint your tail lights

    anyone please feel free to add to this or whatever, this is just the process i used and it seems to have come out well:


    i used a can of savage tail light tinting spray (about £10-11) and a can of halfords clear laquer (about £4)

    you just take out your rear lights and give them a scrub with soapy water, rinse them off and dry... then mask up the reflector with tape (otherwise your lights may not be legal). do this bit carefully and take your time - one sure way to make the job look crap is a wobbly reflector line

    place the lights somewhere where stuff like hairs and bits of crap won't get blown onto them (like a garage for example) and spray very light coats of tinting spray leaving at least 10mins between coats. the thinner you do the coats, the better the overall finish will be, but make sure you get a good coverage with each coat.

    once they are pretty much as dark as you want, leave them to dry and then trace the edge of your masking tape with a sharp blade so that when you peel it off it doesn't take any of the tint with it... then with the tape removed just do one final light coat paying attention to the reflector strip just to blend it in a bit (but only do a light coat as again the legality issue may arise)

    once its all dry, start with the laquer using the same technique as the tint spray - light even coats, waiting between each. build up several layers until you are happy. and make sure you get the edges of the lights etc to seal it all up.

    once its properly dry, give it a good t-cut to smooth off and then wax it.

    sorted! et voila:

    My car - Rusty Custom Creations Inc....

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    good stuff, will have to give that a go.


    round of applause for mr rusty!

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    could this be done to headlights or would that just be silly ??
    im bored !

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    Or you could make a crap job and just blash it on and make the whole light black and look totally crap like most boy racers do. LOL

    Very good job.

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    do you spray them from the outside or from the inside, soz if its a stupid question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuThLeSs
    do you spray them from the outside or from the inside, soz if its a stupid question!
    outside.... otherwise you'd just dimthe amount of light coming through and not really change the colour at all anyway
    My car - Rusty Custom Creations Inc....

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    and besides, you cant really take the rear lights apart without the possibility of breakin them!!! :O
    old thread btw!
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    i wouldnt T-cut fresh lacquer!!! :-S
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    i bone this to my king blue astra about 3 weeks ago and it turned out really well, the standard lights where too red for the colour of the car

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    pics plz....

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