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Tinting "well used" tails

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject:  Tinting "well used" tails Reply with quote

So I have a set of black housing tails that I want to lightly tint. I'm curious as to what grit sand paper I should start with because they have scratches all over, and some are deep enough to feel. And can I just use a random orbital sander? I'm kinda afraid to sand because I feel like I'm ruining it but I'm gonna give it a shot. Also, do I just sand more heavily to get the lettering off? If you could give me what grits I should use in order, from start to finish clear coat over the tint, that would be great. I want it as shiny and "clear" if that can be said about tinting, no hazy look. I'm going for a stock appearing look, probably two very light coats of the vht. Can post pics of the tails if that helps with judging what grit I need to use.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nobody?? Well here's some pics.. Keep in mind they look worse than in the pictures. Tried to capture the scratches but they don't look that bad in the pictures.






Basically all I want to know is a suggestion of what grit to start on and if I can use a random orbital sander, or do I have to do it by hand. And also how big of steps I can take between grits. And any other advice for a good end product

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Probably don't want to end up at less than 1000 or 1500 grit wetpaper.

I wouldn't start much less than 600 grit, maybe even 800.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Lingenfelter wrote:
Probably don't want to end up at less than 1000 or 1500 grit wetpaper.

I wouldn't start much less than 600 grit, maybe even 800.

Alright thanks! Can I do it with a sander instead of by hand? Should just the final coat be wetsanded or do I do that multiple times?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would do it by hand...too easy to take off too much or melt the lenses with a power sander.

The only way I would use power tools is a drill with a headlight restoration kit. 3M and a couple other companies make them, and I know Harbor Freight sells a cheap one.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I might use a drill attachment or orbital for the wetsanding, since you're constantly running water to cool it and get rid of debris, but I wouldn't dry sand with a power tool - if the plastic overheats even once it can deform or discolor, and that damage doesn't sand out well.

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