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Old 10-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #141
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The owner of this car was also in Orange County and brought me by his CLS63 to have me lightly tint / smoke the clear section of the tail lights. I had previous blacked out his chrome / brushed aluminum window trim in matte black, which you can kind of see in the corner pictures and on the rear trunk handle piece. Even though this car was fairly blacked out, we only tinted the clear portion of the tail lights instead of the whole thing, which gave it a nice subtle touch. For comparison, if you look in the background, my X5's tail lights are completely tinted with the same shade/material.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #142
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I do like these new E coupes and C coupes that have been starting to show up on the roads more. The owner of this white E class coupe wanted to have me tint / smoke their tail lights with my light film. In the pictures, the car/surrounding may seem under exposed or over exposed, but that is done on purpose, since the focus is on the tail lights. Each of the pictures represents how the tail lights look exactly at that moment in person in those lighting conditions. The owner of this car was from around south Orange County and drove out to me in Anaheim Hills to get the work done.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #143
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Had this new white E class E350 come by to have me lightly tint / smoke the tail lights on his car. The owner of this car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the work done. Since the tail lights over lap onto the rear quarter/side a bit, I also took a side picture to give you guys an idea of how the tinted / smoked tail lights looks like from a side profile.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #144
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This is not your standard car you see me working on, but I do not discriminate. I work on all types of cars, even if I mainly work on Euro cars typically. The owner of this silver Toyota Corolla came by to have me tint the tail lights on their car. The owner drove out from around Los Angeles / West Covina area to have me to do the work. Even on a stock car, the light tint / smoke on the tails still adds a nice overall touch to the car without making it look overly done or out of place. I took some before pictures, but they weren't that great, due to the direction of the lighting.

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:28 AM   #145
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The owner of this black Mercedes Benz E550 sedan came to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have me black out his chrome / brushed aluminum window trim and also had me lightly tint / smoke the tail lights on his car. He was overall going with a darker theme with his car, so these two changes really help tie that theme together. I took some pictures of the tail lights inside and outside to show how it looks like in different lighting scenarios. Also, for the trim, we went with the matte black finish over the gloss finish for his car.

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #146
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This is one of my favorite mods to do on cars. My other favorite is getting rid of the chrome on cars. Tinting the tail lights light like this really gives the car a OEM+ look. It's good for cars that want to change up the look of the car a bit, without making it very obvious or noticeable what was done. However, that doesn't mean that this won't work or look good on modified car as well. I also like the light tint because it's less likely to get you pulled over, since so many cars come with slightly darker tail lights from the factory already as it is (IE BMW blacklines for their tail lights, etc).

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #147
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The owner of this white Audi R8 was getting other work done on the car and he decided to have me tint his headlights with my light smoke/tint film as well. The owner of this car was from around the Los Angeles county area and drove out to me in Orange County to get the work done. I took some pictures of the car with the headlights off and the parking lights on to show how the light transmission looked like after the install was done. Over, it gave it a nice meaner look without reducing overall light output by anything too much.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #148
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #149
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For this new white Mercedes Benz CLS550 sedan, I vinyl wrapped the tail lights with my light tint/smoke film material. On this car, I we decided to do the whole tail light. I didn't take pictures of it before, but the first picture does show the driver side as tinted/smoked (left) and the passenger (right) untinted. The lighting of it inside kind of makes it hard to gauge, but in the other pictures where I took them outside will help you better see the differences. As you can notice, as the lighting changes, the appearance of the darkness of the shade changes as well.









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Old 05-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #150
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For this new white Mercedes Benz CLS550 sedan, I vinyl wrapped the tail lights with my light tint/smoke film material. On this car, I we decided to do the whole tail light. I didn't take pictures of it before, but the first picture does show the driver side as tinted/smoked (left) and the passenger (right) untinted. The lighting of it inside kind of makes it hard to gauge, but in the other pictures where I took them outside will help you better see the differences. As you can notice, as the lighting changes, the appearance of the darkness of the shade changes as well.









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Old 06-18-2013, 01:08 PM   #151
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The owner of this brand new white VW TDI wagon brought his car by to have me lightly tint / smoke the tail lights and third brake light on his car. I took some pictures from side to side, showing how the tint looks like in directly sunlight and in some shade. As you can see, it's fairly dynamic and changes depending on the lighting. I haven't had anyone have any issues with this shade though, as far as light output or having any issues with law authorities though, so that is a plus. The owner of this car I believe was from around Pasadena and drove out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to get the work done.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #152
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Tinted / smoked the center clear portion of the tail lights on this brand new white Mercedes E350 sedan. In addition to tinting the tail lights with my light film material, I also wrapped the trunk spoiler in the 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber material and blacked out the chrome trunk handle with my matte black vinyl material. Overall, the light shade of tint was a nice slight change in the look of the car, without making it too dark and is still visible during the day/night.

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Old 06-25-2013, 01:04 PM   #153
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I love the light tint on black cars. I'm really starting to consider doing that
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Some requests for these pictures, so I figure I'll post them up here. This is one of the cars that I did while I was up in the bay area (san jose) / norcal area last time. I tinted / smoked the tail lights on this new Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. In addition to the tail lights, I also blacked out the chrome / brushed aluminum window trim on his car with my matte black vinyl material. Everything worked and tied in together pretty nicely with the rest of the theme of his car:

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Old 08-23-2013, 12:16 PM   #155
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The owner of this black VW Passat drove out to me in Orange County / Anaheim Hills from Los Angeles county to get some vinyl work done. He wanted me to black out the chrome / brushed aluminum around his windows and to also lightly tint his tail lights. The pictures may seem over exposed in some of them, but I did that on purpose, as to capture how the tail lights looked at those exact moments and in those lighting conditions. For the window trim, we went with my matte black vinyl material.

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #156
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The owner of this dark blue Subaru WRX hatchback wanted me to red out his tail lights, to make it not so white/clear. So what I did for him was use my clear red vinyl film and applied it over his rear tail lights. He wanted me to cut out the reverse light and turn signal portions so that they would show through their original colors still. However, I took in progress pictures to show you guys how it would have looked like if they weren't cut out, so you can compare and contrast which style/look you'd prefer more.

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Can you do that on E30 M3s? (Smoked tail lights).
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:55 AM   #159
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I can't tint the tails on an E30, due to the dips that are in the tail lights.

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