DIY Tailight/Turnsignal/Parking light Tinting

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coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:08 pm
Ok, I am going to tell you how to tint light lenses on a Car

Firstly let me say, DO NOT OVERTINT!!!!, you will get a ticket secondly, I am not responsible if you screw this up

Tools that you are going to need:

Exacto knife
120grit sandpaper
240grit sandpaper
500grit sandpaper
1000grit sandpaper
2000grit sandpaper
Masking tape
Can of VHT light tint
Can of Clearcoat
Menthal hydrate (surface cleaner, light lacquer thinner, but it won't melt plastic)

LOTS of patience is needed

Method
1. Remove the tailight/turnsignal/parking lamp
2. Remove the bulbs from the unit
3. Use the exacto knife to remove the DOT numbers, and any other raised lettering (these will screw up the tint, capillary action will cause the tint to flow into the letters, making it fugged up around the letters)
4. Gradually using the sandpaper, starting with the 120, sand the letters off more, then goto the 240 getting rid of the damage the knife and 120 grit paper did.
5. Use the 500 grit on the whole lens, smoothing out any ridges and bumps on the lens. Finishing off with the 1000 grit. Using water at this stage will keep the sandpaper from gumming up, and I find water sanding is better for a nicer finish.
6. Mask off all the areas that you don't want tinted IE : reverse lights, but that is personal preference
7. Clean the area with menthal hydrate
8. Tint, use thin coats instead of a heavy layer, let dry and repeat until the desired darkness is aquired

You can stop here, it will look good, but if you want a perfect SHINY surface, keep going

9. Wait till the unit is 100% dry, IE overnight, using wet sanding and the 2000 grit, lightly, VERY lightly sand the tinted surface, making sure all the dust bunnies are out of the tint
10. DO NOT CLEAN with menthal hydrate, this will take off the tint, clean with a very diluted soap and water mix, making sure the lens is very dry before trying the next step
11. Spray with clearcoat, again thin coats, and take your time, repeat 3 or 4 times, if you want, do more 2000grit sandpaper between layers of clearcoat.

12. Reinstall the units.

Have fun with it......

Jer

 

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by Viperoni » Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:07 pm
A good thing to use to clean the lens's is a "tack cloth".
They're pretty cheap and do a good job.

Finally, ABSOLUTELY MAKE SURE YOU wait overnight before wetsanding the tint in step #9. It sucks to have the tint get peeled off by your sandpaper, I know, it's happened to me.

 

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by artsar » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:08 am
when i did this in summer mine came out a big hazy... if yours do you can resand and then coat them again (tried that) stll came out slightly hazy for me so my friend buffed them... and by them i mean one, so i have one shiny tail light and 1 dull one... but if all else fails buff them

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:08 pm
Yeah I've seen that happen, but I haven't had it happen to me yet, not sure what causes the haziness.......

Jer

 

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by Slayer » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:24 pm
if you do not let the tint dry 100% the clear will go hazy ;) ask Sarah...

i'll post my tail ligth mod here... its for removing the orange, but keeping it red ;)

 

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by sc2_projekt_97 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:00 pm
painting the refletor panel black makes for a nice clean blend with you tinted tail lights on the SC series


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step one after taping off the reverse light and weather striping on the top...primer




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step two base coat after giving primer proper drying time!!


........will post rest tomorrow. it's important to let the base coat dry 100% before wet sanding for the clear coat...(mines drying as i type!!

 

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by sc2_projekt_97 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:01 pm
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Dryed and curing. allow 3 to 5 days for full cure. that way when you taped off to tint the reverse lights the tape doesnt ruin the reflecter bar you jmust painted

Also..i've discovered that if heat and exacto knife with a lighter and use precision you can actually seperate the red and chrome emblem. once apart you can actually repaint the red saturn logo any color you want!! I am thinking about picking up a few from the junk yard and maybe having them avaible to paint to any color any one might want for way cheaper than SDA. And you can't get custum colors there, just black...let me know if anyone is interested!!!! PM me if you are

 

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by adam_a » Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:39 pm
looking good!!!

 

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by sc2_projekt_97 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:54 am
WOW i Suck!!! i can paint with anything else but put a can of NightShades in my hand and its over! so i fugged up the 4th and final coat of my tinting on the drivers side and dont have enough to sand it down and redo four coats! looks like ill be driving around half tinted like a dur da dur until i get more in the mail!

this ruined my 4 am

on a better note the passenger side and center plate look amazing!
sc2_projekt_97
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by sc2_projekt_97 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:27 am
coppertop_01 wrote:Ok, I am going to tell you how to tint light lenses on a Car

Firstly let me say, DO NOT OVERTINT!!!!, you will get a ticket secondly, I am not responsible if you screw this up

Pay real close attention the the all CAPS wording

WHOOPSSS
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sc2_projekt_97
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by sc2_projekt_97 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:44 am
All fixed!!!
this should be your end results!!!

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rshackelferd
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by rshackelferd » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:26 pm
sick i'm going to give this a try this week, thanks 4 the tips

 

ScottyC
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by ScottyC » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:51 am
cool....but how do you get the tailights out of my 97 sc2...i took both torx screws out are there any screws im forgetting when i took both screws out shed only come out from bittom not top......what am i doing wrong?

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:06 pm
Must be caught somewhere, from what I know, there is only 2 screws holding them in.

Jer

 

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by PurpleRain » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:11 pm
I took mine out last summer.... don't quote me, but I think there might be some screws under the mat inside the trunk.
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