wow a hundred bucks for a 3rd brake light cover... i was talking about spray tinting the lens on it and you could leave the cargo lights clear or hit them with less tint or however you wanted this way... heres the directions i was given to spray tint my tails in the dakota
first use 800grit to sand down the entire light, get rid of bumps, seams, lettering, whatveer.. then smooth it all out with 1000 grit wet sand with a little drop of dishsoap.. clean it really well.. i used mineral spirits.
time to paint..
read the instructions on the can.. light even coats.. take your TIME.. do not rush this let it consume the whole day if you need to.
once you put the amount of coats you watn on.. bake in the oven.. cookie sheet.. middle of the oven.. about 110-150 degrees for about 5-10 minutes.. CHECK OFTEN>> ALL OVENS ARE DIFFERENT SO MAKE SURE YOUR NOT MELTING YOUR LIGHTS.
take them out of the oven.. do not touch the paint and let it cool to room temp.. usually take about 15 20 minutes...i waited until the next day.. but you should be able to wet sand at 1000 -1500 grit with dishsoap to get rid of the orange peel or fish eyes that may have popped up during the panting.. dont be a pussy about this.. you can always recoat if you sand throu the paint to the red lens... and sanding throu baked paint is harder then one might think.. BUT IT IS POSSIBLE so be CAREFUL on rounded or pointed edges and dont be a moron and sand in many different directions.. keep it neat and organized. once you have the black basecoat smooth as you like..(wet it and hold it in the ling to seek out imperfection and spots to address).. clean and dry it with water.. dont use mineral sprits or it can take off the paint. MAKE SURE ITS F_ING DRY!
now bust out the clear coat.. I used a duplicolor variety.... follow the directions on the can.. if you have never cleared anything.. its like painting but..heavier.. you have to be heavy with clear to get an even coat but NOT SO HEAVY that it runs and sags.. its a fine line to walk.. so i suggest PRACTICE... and if you suck at it do light coats.. its just gonna take longer..
a little trick i like to do is hit it with a good coat and then immediately hit it with heat from a heat gun.. it solidifies the coat preventing and runs.. allowing you to get about 2 good coats on quicklly..
once you put the proper amount of coats on. time to bake again..
oven.. middle rack.. cookie sheet. 110 - 150.. 5 - 15+ minutes depending on how many coats WATCH THEM! DONT TAKE A POOP YOU WILL FORGET ND MELT YOUR LIGHTS!
take them out.. let them cool.. and feast your eyes on the black glory of depth and sheen you created..
well your not done.. get the 1500-2000 grit out and smooth out the biubbles orange peel fish eyes that may have come up.. this time BE A PUSSY.. massage it out dont beat it down.. DONT GOUGE AND DONTZ GO IN ALL DIRECTIONS neat and organized will make it look better and easier to polish out.. "polish?"
once your all sanded with 2000 grit.. go to the wal mart and buy some 3M perfect it II polishing compound.. you have a buffer? awesome go to town.. you dont? neither did I.. get that elbow warmed up.. essentially you want to buff the piss out of the clear so that you HEAT it up and it melts into a sheet of slippery smoothness.
clean the excess.. let them air out and harden for a day or so and install..
**you can sand the black between coats.. but you have to let it dry completely.. if your having a problem area with orange peel and fish eyes then you will NEED to do this but if you clean it properly you should be OK..
and heres a thread to how his tails look by using this method just take the space out between dakota and usa when you copy to your browser bar