can you walk us through the steps you took? prep?
Sure. Keep in mind you can google tutorials and they vary widely when it comes to prep. Some do a lot others don't do anything other then clean the light off. Here is what I did.
I actually did one tail light for a test a while ago but I wanted to do them at the same time so I first wiped down the tail light with paint thinner. The thinner will pretty much melt the night shades off. I also wiped the other tail light down with it as well.
The next thing I did was wet sanded it with 800 grit sandpaper. You can also use a 3m scuff pad.
I was having a really hard time keeping them free off contimants. No matter where I paint after a coat it has crap in it. After 2 coats I had a couple bugs fly into it as well. Because of this I again wetsanded it very lightly with 800 grit to try and get as much as I could.
I applied one more coat of nightshades and let it dry for a half hour or so.
I took off the tape around the reverse lights. Taping the lights took a very long time. I used scotch tape around the edge because its clear and made it easier to cut. There is a very tiny edge you can run a blade through and get a real straight and even cut. If some of the nightshades gets through your tape just dab a little paint thinner. I just used my finger I know they say not to.
I put 3 coats of clear coat on it then wet sanded it with 2000 grit.
I was told to put rubbing compound on it next, which I did but I never notice an improvement. So I just put another coat of clear and thats it.
A lot of people will just use the scuff pad and then paint. They seem to come out pretty good. Key is very light coats and don't do more then 3 coats.
It's important to get as even coats as possible because when the lights are on it will show. If you look at the picture with the reverse lights on the passenger side light far right side it doesn't look perfect. Thats because I had a run which I sanded out but you can still see it especially with the lights on.