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Old 09-04-2008, 04:49 PM
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Materials Needed:
prep solvent
600 grit wet or dry sand paper of scuff pad
lint free paper towels
candy red paint
candy black paint
reducer

1. Remove light lens from vehicle and clean with prep solvent to remove dirt and wax.

2. Scuff the lens by wet sanding lightly with 600 grit wet or dry sand paper or a 3m ultra fine gray scuff pad.

3. Wipe down the lens with prep solvent using a lint free towel.

4. Spray the lens with 1 coat of candy red mixed with correct ratio of reducer per paint manufacturers instructions. This step will give the lens a uniform red color by covering the clear areas of the lens IE white back up lights.

5. Spray the lens with candy black mixed with reducer. Allow 5 minutes between coats so the paint can flash dry. Keep applying coats of paint until the desired tint is achieved.

6. Reinstall taillights or 3rd brake light lens and enjoy your cool new lights.
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Great write up.
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Very nice write up!!

But now....educate this girl! Why couldn't you use the Night Shades spray and then follow up with clear? Why red then black? Esplain Lucy!!
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great write up!!
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Bluejet, I have never tried the night shades product so I don't how they would turn out. I do a lot of paint work on cars and trucks professionally so I stick to what I know works.
The reason for painting the lens candy red first is to cover the clear portion of the lens giving you a uniform base color for tinting with the candy black
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Oh! I have read in other car forums that you sand down the light housings then spray light coats of the paint until you get the darkness you want. then follow up with the clear. I want to do mine, just a bit gun shy of screwing it up and having to buy new brake light housings!
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Candy paints are transparent and require a base coat to achieve the candy color. If you just spray the candy black the red areas of the lens will be darker then the white portions.
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Makes sense! So I would be better off and safer doing it your way with those products?
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I know this method works. I have some old taillights from other vehicles laying around so I'll have to try out one of the rattle can products to see how they work.
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Next question then.....where do I buy that product from?
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