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VHT Nightshades tail lights

I really did this out of boredom I have the AM Raxiom smoked tail lights they are cracking though and have to wait a few weeks for replacements. I thought these came out pretty good though. Could have been a lot better though. Oh if the car looks weird it's on wheel ramps in the picture.

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Looks pretty good. How do they look when lit and close up? I just went with the pre cut taillight tint.


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Thanks I attempted to record some video of the lights last night but my tablet was spazzing out and none of the videos came out right. I'll try again tonight. They do let out more then enough light at night. I screwed up a little bit on the passenger side and you can see it at night with the lights on up close. I'm no expert with anything related to painting I'm sure if someone with more experience did them they could look amazing but they still look pretty good imo.

Here's a screenshot I snapped from a video I did yesterday with the reverse lights on.
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I had the tint on mine. Really didn't like it. Love the look so I pulled it off and done the tail lights and all 4 side markers. Look much better. BTW Yours looks great also.



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can you walk us through the steps you took? prep?

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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.

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I wonder how it would look with just the reverse lights tinted and the red left alone

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I wonder how it would look with just the reverse lights tinted and the red left alone
I would imagine it might look odd. Although if you did a real light amount the nightshades starts off with a redish tint so it might start to blend in with the rest of the light.
Made a quick video or rather a few quick videos put together. I have for some reason old plates of mine in my trunk they seemed to make a perfect cover for my rear plate lol. In person they remind me a lot of the '13 tail lights. They give off a dark border around the edges it gives it a great look imo.
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I wonder how it would look with just the reverse lights tinted and the red left alone
Did it a while back with dark smoke tint. Looks 10x better than the ugly white reverse lights to me.

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VHT'd all my lights except headlights, fogs and reverse lights:





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VHT'd all my lights except headlights, fogs and reverse lights:



Yea I did the same. I'm considering doing the fogs really light. I have the smoked raxiom headlights so I'm sure the clear fog lights stand out some.

It looks really good, what was your prep like?

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[quote=Rickyv90;3111539]Yea I did the same. I'm considering doing the fogs really light. I have the smoked raxiom headlights so I'm sure the clear fog lights stand out some.

I really like the raxiom smoked headlights. Price is ridiculous tho. plus i already have HIDs so i might just get some covers for show.

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Yea I did the same. I'm considering doing the fogs really light. I have the smoked raxiom headlights so I'm sure the clear fog lights stand out some.

It looks really good, what was your prep like?
My prep was spot on, however, I did not sand between any of the coats (I later paid for it in fixing one run). Here is what I did:

Washed them
50/50 mix with rubbing alcohol & distilled water
Taped off what I didn't want VHT'd
2k grit wet sand very well (using some dawn and distilled water) until every bit is cloudy, but don't sand too 'hard'

First VHT coat should be a light spray (I call this a half coat) & let dry well
Then I followed with 3 coats VHT
Finished with 5 coats of 3M Acrylic clearcoat
Then let dry very well

Sand again, very lightly with 2k grit + dawn water
Scratch remover (really gotta work it on this step)
Paint sealant/wax


If I were to do it again and wanted a perfect application, I would have sanded with 4k or 6k grit between each layer (super time consuming) and used a 4k or 6k grit on the last sanding before the scratch remover. I've done professional looking paint jobs with rattle cans, it just takes so very much time and effort (I put in 200hrs into the interior of my old S10 - it turned out show quality).

What I did was a quick and dirty look good for about 5hrs of my time (watching tv between each 15 minute dry).

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