Joined: Oct 2008
Easy spring mod
here is an extremely easy spring mod and it looks killer i think
i tinted my taillights yesterday in about 3 hours. see below for results
-1 can of VHT nightshades spray paint~~$12
-1 can of quick drying clear coat ~~~~~$5
-1000 grit sandpaper (wet)~~~~~~~~~$5
-1500 grit sandpaper (wet)~~~~~~~~~$5
-2000 grit sandpaper (wet)~~~~~~~~~$5
-dish soap~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$3? (seriously, who doesnt have dish soap)
-car or glass polish~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5-15 depending on brand etc. i just used meguiars
remove both taillights from the car by accessing the 4 bolts through your trunk.
then remove the light bulbs from the taillight assembly by rotating a quarter turn and pulling out.
once both lights are off the car, tape off anywhere you dont want to be painted/sanded (i taped off the reverse lights because i think it looks sweet, but you dont have to if you dont want to.)
with the 1000 grit paper, begin wet sanding (bucket of water with dish soap in it) the entire surface of the tail lights. take your time here, you want to really get a good even sanding here. make sure to keep the sandpaper nice and wet here.
Rinse off all soap and dust from both lights and let them dry comletely (i wouldnt use paper towel or anything with fibers that could come off to dry them off. an air compressor works great if you have one, but just letting them dry naturally works good too.)
double check everything you want taped off is taped off, then begin applying the VHT nightshades pain to the taillights. be careful here, spray it on very light and let it dry, then add more coats to your liking. making sure to not add too much at a time to reduce runs. it took me about 4 coats to get mine where they are.
after the nightshades paint is completely dry, begin wet sanding with the 1000 grit sandpaper VERY LIGHTLY, i mean like no pressure at all, just let the paper do the work. do this until it is evenly sanded
rinse all water/soap/dust from the lights, and again let dry.
spray the clear coat on the lights. you can go a little overboard here, but be careful of runs again. put about 2 coats on and let it dry.
wet sand the clear coat first with the 1500 grit sandpaper, and then with the 2000 grit sandpaper, making sure to get a nice even shine all the way around.
add one more thin thin thin coat of clear coat
reinstall the lights when they are dry.
take your polish and give the lights a nice coat of wax.
viola, a 40 dollar mod that looks amazing!
1985 Regatta Blue vert 5.0- 87 5.0 shortblock, T5 transmission, Steeda Tri-ax Shifter, A/C delete, UDP's, edelbrock rpm performer intake, holley 600 4bbl carb, dual flowmaster 44's with o/r H pipe, MSD ignition, 1.72 roller rockers, Tokico HP shocks/struts, FRPP B springs, FRPP 4.10's
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