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Old 12-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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Thinking about tinting my taillights. I plan on using VHT Niteshade. Has anyone used this product before?
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I have used it and they can come out nice or they can come out like garbage. Depends on how much time you have but I would just take them to a body shop and have them spray them for you. Thats what I did for my last set.

If you are stuck on doing them yourself then take them off and lightly sand them with 1200 grit sandpaper, clean with rubbing alcohol, do 2-4 lite coats of VHT depending on how dark you want, then wet sand them with 1500 grit sandpaper and finally get some scratch x polish and buff them out and after all those steps they should be a mirror finish.
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the required work to make them look good is exactly why i went with the aftermarket smoked ones.
I know I wouldnt be able to do it and would wind up destroying them :P
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I did my headlights and they turned out pretty nice. Just make sure 10000% that you clean them VERY WELL and sand them down a bit BEFORE you spray.

There's a write up for them around here somewhere.
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Anyone know how much shops usually charge to tint the taillights?
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I'd say anywhere from $50-150 for a quality job, all of that is labor though so you might save a LOT just doing it yourself.

Try getting some clear junk plastic and practicing on that first.
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I was at advanced auto parts today and I saw that they had the nite shade there (I was pretty surprised lol). So I just picked up a can.

So do I wet sand after I apply all of the coats? And Do I apply clear coat then polish, or polish then clear coat?

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Apply the coats after the initial sanding. Apply the coats one after another. No work is needed between the coats unless you have a major screw up like a run or a piece of garbage that lands on it (then you might need to wet sand). And after the clear coat you can wet send and polish.

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+1 wet sand the clear coat and then polish.
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I went with the vinyl overlays from StangMods. They look great and it is removeable.
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