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Old 09-04-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Kmoy DIY Light Smoke Tail and Side Lamps (on silver gray ZHP)

So after 3 years, the depo clear side markers were beginning to yellow. I was going to purchase new lamps however that was near the bottom of my to do list so I decided to refinish them. I tried looking for a DIY on a light smoke but everyone seems to either like the pure black-out look or have no smoke at all.

I enjoy the subtle light smoke much better and attempted to do this myself. I looked everywhere for VHT night shade and everyone seemed to be confused when I asked if they carried it. Someone recommended lexan tint spray for rc models. I went down to my local hobby store "Hobby Lobby" to be exact and they carried this spray called "Pactra Transparent Black Tint Spray Paint - PACRC294".

Amazingly, this little package has more than enough to tint 3+ sets of lights. I over-tinted the side-markers at first but was able to sand the tint off and re-do them.

Simple put , the only materials I needed were:
  • Pactra Tint spray
  • Krylon Clear coat
  • Various sand papers
  • Painters tape

I initially I sanded down the lenses so the tint could adhere better. I then cleaned the lenses and thoroughly dried them. The red areas were masked off with painters tape and the tint process began. To achieve this look, I did two to three passes at max of the tint spray. Any more and the lenses became too dark for my taste. The lenses baked in the sun for an hour or so and I then applied two coats of clear coat over them.

Overall, I think they came out perfect and I am happy with the results.

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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That actually looks very good!
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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that's a perfect smoke. well done.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:31 PM   #5
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perfection! thanks for the DIY
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #6
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Nice work, it looks really good! I have also found that NiteShades is really only good for blacking out, it goes on too dark. The hobby store tint sprays work much better. I have had luck with the Tamiya brand.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:33 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:15 PM   #8
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Damn, exactly the result I was trying to achieve with mine a couple weeks ago but just wouldn't work with the night shades kind. They look perfect, awesome job!
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:59 PM   #9
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Looks really good, however, I've heard Krylon clear coat doesn't hold up very well to UV rays.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:47 PM   #10
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I tell everyone about that stuff. Ive been using it for like 4 years now, everyone goes for niteshades but it has a red base to it so if you can get it light it looks redish. This has a grey base so it always looks like a smoke and goes on a ton better. Looks great op!!!!
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:22 PM   #11
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that's a perfect smoke. Well done.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:16 PM   #13
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Looks really nice! Question for you or anyone else, how would this paint work over the stock amber side markers? Would it mask out the amber enough or just look like crap?

I just picked up a silver ZHP sedan and the previous owner already had the smoked corners on it but still the amber side markers. They really stand out and I just don't know if I want to fork out the cash for OEM clears.
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That's the way it should be! So what grade did you sand it at to make it adhere better?
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If anyone is curious as to the quality of my diy, here are some updated pictures 2 years later taken from this thread:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...2#post14533652






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Nice zed. What muffler is that??
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #17
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It's the Highline Tuning cat back exhaust
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:46 PM   #18
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I came into this thread expecting garbage, but I am pleasantly surprised. Your work looks great! Unique and stunning car!
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I only like smoked on black and grey looks great. You should do the front too
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