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Old 09-07-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Talking DIY: Fully Red Tail Lights/ painting

Some people may not like the look but i switched from smoke to clear all around my car and for the time being i took off my smoke led depos to sell and did this, heres how i did it.

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1.First of all you need some paint, i got it at Michael's arts and crafts because a local fanatic recommended that store for this paint. if you cant find it ive seen people use that vht night shade stuff but im pretty sure any translucent paint should work
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2.Then your going to want to remove the lights and clean them with soap and water being carful not to get any water were the light bulbs are placed inside.

3. I taped my red off and sprayed only the orange for the first coat but then went to spraying the hole thing so the color wouldnt be off to play it safe.
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4. I removed the paper and sprayed the hole headlight, used 3 light coats on the head lights and they turned out great completely covering the orange. remember to spray at the very end/ corner around the orange so no orange shines threw
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5. I also put on 1 coat of clear to protect it. The lady there said this is more of a clear clear coat while others may be a bit foggy
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The tail lights are drying right now in my house so i cant post pics of them on the car yet so heres a teaser

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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I might possibly do the reverse lights too? not to sure yet but anyway's, heres the results
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #3
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Looks good, but don't do the reverse
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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If you do the reverse, they will no longer be reverse, and your car won't be street legal. You need to have CLEAR/ white reverse lights.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
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