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Old 10-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #1
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Smoked tail lights: film, paint or replace?

I've done a fair amount of reviewing various threads regarding smoked tail lights. Here's a summary of what I've come up with so far:

Film - I like the film from Lamin-x since it's pre-cut and they include everything you need to do the job. Their on-line video makes it look like a piece of cake to install. I know you can buy just the vinyl and make your own from a sheet, but I like the pre-cut myself. Concerns with film are cracking, bubbling, peeling and fading. Anything else?

Paint - I've read that for some folks it's cracked/peeled, faded or it still looks great. Airbrushed for best results? Not sure what the difference is. I'm not as familiar with what would be a high quality smoked paint. I believe for best results a clear coat should be applied too. Maintenance? Apply some wax with UV protectant periodically?

Replacement tail lights - the most expensive option, but easy to put back your originals if need be. Probably can get LED ones too, although I've not really looked to see what Sedan options there are.

For those people that have done film or paint, how long ago did you do it and how does it look today? Would you make the same choice again or do something different? For the replacement tail light crowd (Sedans), feel free to post some pics, I'm still haven't commited to going one way or the other.

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Old 10-03-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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My headlights were done with transparent paint in a body shop booth. They have lasted over a year with no problems at all, and I got exactly the shade I wanted. Also, it's the cleanest look.

I also sell this, which you might be able to find a review or DIY on somewhere on the internet:
http://shop.microimageonline.com/pro...&categoryId=12
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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So with that product, do you just keep applying coats until you get the desired level of smokedness? Has anyone else on the forum bought/used this paint from you? Easy to touch up? Just curious about the results and longevity of the product.

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Old 10-05-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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My headlights were done with transparent paint in a body shop booth. They have lasted over a year with no problems at all, and I got exactly the shade I wanted. Also, it's the cleanest look.
i did my tail lights with trasnperent black, its a whole lot cleaner, doesnt fade(if done right), and had mine for over a 1 1/2, dont know how much a body shop will charge but ive been doing them for a while for $50, but im almost out of that paint, i need 2 get some more
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:22 PM   #6
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i did my tail lights with trasnperent black, its a whole lot cleaner, doesnt fade(if done right), and had mine for over a 1 1/2, dont know how much a body shop will charge but ive been doing them for a while for $50, but im almost out of that paint, i need 2 get some more
Do you have a brand of paint that you use? What do you do to prep the tail lights for paint? Just use a cleaner? Wet sanding?

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Old 10-07-2009, 12:40 PM   #7
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I used VHT NiteShades that you can get at auto zone, o'reillys, advancedautoparts, etc. Took one can, wetsanded it, sprayed it, all done. looks good. lights still shine through fine. $15's all together.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:02 PM   #8
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I used VHT NiteShades that you can get at auto zone, o'reillys, advancedautoparts, etc. Took one can, wetsanded it, sprayed it, all done. looks good. lights still shine through fine. $15's all together.
Nice! I really like the paint job on your car. How's the paint holding up on the tail lights?
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:52 PM   #9
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Nice! I really like the paint job on your car. How's the paint holding up on the tail lights?
Hey thanks man, it's holding up really well. It's only been tinted for a month or two though. I plan on buying the RS tails eventually, so i figured i'd butcher these tails for experience

But they actually came out pretty good.

I think I did 2 coats. 3 at the max.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:03 PM   #10
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Best thing to do if you want it to actually last is wetsand with 1500 grit and soapy water and go to a paint store and have them mix a hint of black tint into some clearcoat then just spray the clearcoat with a hvlp gun 1 coat at a time until desired darkness is achieved.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:36 PM   #11
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Thanks PHXDEMON. So far everyone on this thread has gone the "paint" route.

Anyone have experience with "film" and care to chime in?
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get the new ones mate they look good you cant stuff them plug and play no problems
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:29 AM   #13
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get the new ones mate they look good you cant stuff them plug and play no problems
Hi there! Do you mean get new tail lights, already smoked?
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:19 PM   #14
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I had my tails smoked with spray paint in a can. Not sure what kind, but it was for smoking lights. We only did 3 coats, that's what the can said we should do max. And it doesn't look good. It just looks like the lights are dirty, they're not 'black.' I'm worried if I add more coats it will block out too much light. Plus I don't know what paint can was used.
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I had my tails smoked with spray paint in a can. Not sure what kind, but it was for smoking lights. We only did 3 coats, that's what the can said we should do max. And it doesn't look good. It just looks like the lights are dirty, they're not 'black.' I'm worried if I add more coats it will block out too much light. Plus I don't know what paint can was used.
Pretty sure that is VHT Nite Shades.

It's one of the most popular ones, and the back of the can says do not exceed 3 coats.
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Would you have any advice on that? Or anyone else? Will it really ruin light visibility if I add more coats?
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I wonder if you do a wet sand with 1500 grit (or higher) paper and then apply a clear coat if that would give a 'cleaner' look.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:54 PM   #18
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I used the lamin-x on my MX-5. I was very pleased with the result. I've had the lights like that for more than 2 years with no problems. The vinyl is 20 mil I think. It's pretty thick. It's not like tints. I would say it's as thick as the plastic rear window I had on my previous miatas.

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