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Old 01-03-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Exclamation What's a better tailight tint, VHT nite shades or Lamin-x film?

Asking to see whats more effective, Vht nite shade spray or dark Lamin-x film. I have eagle eye LED taillights on an 04 330ci.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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Film. I did the VHT and regretted it but that's a different story. The film is more even in darkness. The spray is inconsistent looks ricey and well, just looks like balls.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:05 PM   #6
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I just did my OEM sedan tail lights in gunsmoke lamin-x. Super easy and looks great. I just took my lights off car and did it one night while watching tv. Seems durable and easy enough to remove if you need to. I really like that it looks dark until you hit the lights and then it is almost the same brightness as with no film (especially the backup lights).
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you know what they say about VHT nite shades...once you go black youll never go back

thats why film is better
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:28 PM   #8
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #9
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You can try this if you are not sure how it looks on your car.

Smoke your tail lights with 'Clear' Plasti Dip as a (Primer); Use Plasti Dip to tint your tail light / achieve smoke tail lights.

To accomplish reversable Tail lights Tint.

1. Using 'Tint Flim', you can only do it once. ($39.99) Reversable
2. Using 'VHT' Tinting Night Shade (@ Amazon $9.98) NOT Reversable
3. Using 'Clear Plasti Dip' as a base and apply Tint 'VHT' Night Shade ($9.98 + $5.98) Reversable.

Using 'Clear Plasti Dip' before applying anything that are permanent can be reversable to its original state.





This is only a experiment stage by applying to my broken clear corner

Apply a coat of 'Clear Plasti Dip' on Corner lens.

Two to Three coat of clear plasti dip should be enough.



After Two / Three coat should look something like this. Cloudy.



Once the 'Clear Plasti Dip' is dry apply a coat of 'Transparent Black Window Tint'



Wait for the tint to dry and apply more when see fit.





NOW! To take the Tint OFF!











Once the Plasti Dip is dried. I've applied the Transparent Window Tint; you can find it at your local Hobby Store.







This is how it looks now.









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You probably heard of this already but just incase you decide on lamin-x, enter "10off" for the coupon code or whatever to get 10% off its not much but hey better than nothing right :/
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Film. I did the VHT and regretted it but that's a different story. The film is more even in darkness. The spray is inconsistent looks ricey and well, just looks like balls.
That's because you don't know how to use a spray can.



With that said, unless you're willing to do quite a bit of sanding (you'll wanna clear-coat too) to get it smooth and glossy, don't bother with VHT. Just get the film. Otherwise you'll end up with a very textured finish.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:40 PM   #12
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Oh n another thing u might wanna go for the charcoal black film cuz imo the regular smoked ones on my tail lights look kind of purplish n brownish frm the mix of its original red
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:02 PM   #13
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Go with the Film.

Once you get a couple scratches or rock chips on the painted one, it will look like garbage. The film should be stronger.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:12 PM   #14
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I have always used the nightshades. As long as you put in good time to prep, gently sand at 1500 for pre-spray, spray a very light coat and let it dry for 10 min. Recoat 3+ times in 10 minute intervals. Spray to your desired shade. If you follow those steps, youll get a great smooth glossy outcome. Its really all in the prep and not over spraying and creating runs. Just my 2 and 1/2 cents.
Ive never had a chipping problem either. Stones, bugs, road debris, etc. Ill post a pic or 2 soon.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:09 PM   #15
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Depends on what your best at doing, either spray paint or tint. They can both look the same if you know what your doing. I suck at window tints but great at paint so I use niteshade.
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