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Old 10-11-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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HOw do i smoke?

ok i got my tail lights and the white strip i want to paint the colour of my car like 310 ryda, and i dont know how to do it exactly. I have the jet black paint ordered and everything i just dont know is it just spray and dry or is there anything else i need to do?
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:05 PM   #2
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I used a tint spray, VHT niteshade check ebay...I used it on my tails and on my corners...It cuts down on reflection by the way...
I'm sure you could just use a screen stencil and use regular paint?
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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you would be surprised that lots of people come into my work (hobby people) and ask for transparent black window tint (spray) for their lenses. one customer decided that he wanted to do it in the parking lot (he told me he wanted to surprise his uncle) whatever, so i stand out their (b/c no business) and i see him just spray it, let it dry, then put it on. not sure if it was the right way but after he put it back on, i had to give it too him, it looked pretty decent i guess?
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:20 PM   #4
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and would i have to switch the OEM bulbs to something stronger so people can see the light or no?


Thanks for the help, keep them coming
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:45 PM   #5
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i've got the silver bulbs in the back and they light up...fine...during the day, like in the sun i wonder if anybody can see them! at night they're great.
I have the oem bulbs in the side markers because there is no reflection and so you see the bulb light up in the day rather than the whole area of the piece...
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:50 PM   #6
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I would suggest finger paints they work pretty well and can easily be washed off your hands after application.
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:57 PM   #7
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oh ya, thanks for the suggestion

THanks Jeff for the idea. How did u know i was so good wit my fingers?
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I used a tint spray, VHT niteshade check ebay...I used it on my tails and on my corners...It cuts down on reflection by the way...
I'm sure you could just use a screen stencil and use regular paint?
Can this be done over the amber tails? How would that turn out? Anyone know? Anyone wanna guess?
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:00 PM   #9
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Can this be done over the amber tails? How would that turn out? Anyone know? Anyone wanna guess?
used 80 grit sand paper to prep with a layer of clear coat
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:38 PM   #10
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Old 10-13-2005, 08:19 PM   #11
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hey i suggest either tint them urself as suggested above, or buy custom smoked taillights.
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:58 AM   #12
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used 80 grit sand paper to prep with a layer of clear coat
Are you trying to be stupid? 80 GRIT?? That will scratch the plastic like crazy, that's sand texture right here. I used 1000 grit wet-sand paper, and you still have to be very careful sanding so you won't have low sports. The best way to smoke your tails is to mix a little catalized black paint into the urethane clear coat, but thats if you have a gravity gun and compressor.

Man if you really used 80 grit dry-sand paper, your on crack.
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:56 PM   #13
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YOu want to know how to smoke. .? you get some tree's, in a blunt, and put you lighter up.!
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Old 10-23-2005, 09:02 PM   #14
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One more question if i tint the tail lights which im doin the comming up friday dont worry pics will be posted, how long does the tint stay strong for, like will in the next year will the tint fade and ill need to do another coat or something?
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