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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject:  tinted tail lights fail Reply with quote

bored with the day off i decided to do work, I sanded one tail light and sprayed it but left the other as is and sprayed it and I like the unsanded way better. what do you think? which look better..

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

No offense, but they both look pretty craptastic.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

lol its cool. i had money to blow. but the unsanded one looks better than the pic. its the reflection. but i plan in putting my tail light covers on top anyways so it dont need to be perfect
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Now that I look at it again, the offensive part on the bottom on appears to be DOT info that you didn't sand off. Did you do any clear cloating?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

lol i see that its a must to sand the dot info off but i just wanted to see what a unsanded one would look like. plus i still have a clean rt and lt tail light so this was just trail and error. but no no clear coat yet
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

too heavy of a grit, should have sanded it a few more times with higher and higher grit papers. Then a clear over the tint will make it pop

reason the sanded one looks so dull is because its a transparent paint and you can see the dull sanded lens underneath. Not to mention the sanding marks

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As pitch said..go back, sand it with higher grit to get rid of the visible scratches you can see now, then retint as needed, wetsand and clearcoat and it will look good

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thanks PB, I really didnt know what was the problem with my sanding
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i think im just gonna call it quit for these lights and just try the film on the other set. what percent would i need?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Film doesn't work well on the tail lights. If you aren't going to be doing the edges of the light, you might be able to use some sort of vinyl application. PBSS could tell you what is available that might meet your needs, but I don't think it's a viable option.[/i]

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

cant use window film on the lights, it wont work.

As for vinyl, there are a few places that make it, its a rather thick vinyl and I doubt it will contour to the Impala lights. Im 10+ years of this site and 10+ years in the vinyl business, I havent seen any tinted vinyl work on the Impala tails.

Best bet is to send them off to be professionally done

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:45 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

it wouldnt work as in it wouldnt look good or because it wouldnt be last long or mess something up? Because if its because it wouldnt look good, Im not doing the whole tail lights, just the red thatll show after I put on the tail light covers
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

no its because it will last about 5 minutes before its messed up.

that tint is meant for the INSIDE of windows, not to be exposed to the elements

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:04 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What type of clear coat would you guys recommend and how would you suggest applying it? I had a shop do my tails and while they're as dark as I want- just not as shiny. Also, how long does it take to cure?
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

SSinNEDC wrote:
What type of clear coat would you guys recommend and how would you suggest applying it? I had a shop do my tails and while they're as dark as I want- just not as shiny. Also, how long does it take to cure?


why didnt the shop clear them and buff them?

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