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matty.dc
03-21-2009, 12:22 PM
Has anybody used the spray paint tint for your side markers/tail lights? If so how did you get a nice shiny appearance?

propr'one
03-21-2009, 12:30 PM
yep. if you **** up and get runs, wetsand it. It comes out pretty nice. The product you're looking for is called VHT nightshade and its availble at performance improvements.

matty.dc
03-21-2009, 02:56 PM
would you wetsand it regardless or not?

86coupe30
03-21-2009, 04:23 PM
you wetsand because thats how you get it shiney.. make sure you use like 600 to 800 then 1000, spray again light coats all the time. buff and your golden. my tail lights when I got my car were crappy all old looking I wet sanded them and buffed them and they look better then new.

e30_kid89
03-21-2009, 04:46 PM
I still need to master the art of wetsanding...:(

matty.dc
03-21-2009, 05:48 PM
im doing my turn signals so im trying to figure out how to get in there since they have the raised lettering and emblem.

325iGuys_sis
03-21-2009, 10:04 PM
I didn't wet sand mine and they turned out shiny :D would be really shiny if i did tho probably


\/ See?
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/2946801221_bd42510e36.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2834802643_4e43dc5f1d.jpg

matty.dc
03-21-2009, 11:05 PM
that looks pretty solid actually

slemmer
03-22-2009, 01:27 AM
wouldn't spraying clear coat afterwards give it a shine without the sanding?

325iGuys_sis
03-22-2009, 09:43 AM
I didn't put any clear coat on but it should.

W2WDETAILING
03-22-2009, 10:54 AM
i did the tail lights on the e30 with night shades. you want to lightly sand your tail lights with 1000 to scuff them up or else the vht will chip off, do light coats untill you get the desired darkness. Then put a few coats of clear coat and wet sand the clear coat without burning thru to the tint. it will look nice!

W2WDETAILING
03-22-2009, 10:58 AM
I didn't wet sand mine and they turned out shiny :D would be really shiny if i did tho probably


\/ See?
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/2946801221_bd42510e36.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2834802643_4e43dc5f1d.jpg


the wet sanding is to get rid of any orange peeling or imperfections that are present. wich gives you the nice shine afterwards. if you spray it on and there is no orange peel you dont need to sand...but clearcoat is a must to protect the tint!

e30_kid89
03-22-2009, 11:40 AM
i did the tail lights on the e30 with night shades. you want to lightly sand your tail lights with 1000 to scuff them up or else the vht will chip off, do light coats untill you get the desired darkness. Then put a few coats of clear coat and wet sand the clear coat without burning thru to the tint. it will look nice!

I think that pic motivated me enough to try it out. I just need a extra set of tails and imma doooo it.

W2WDETAILING
03-22-2009, 01:31 PM
for red e30's i would go with a candy red IMO i will be selling lamin-x and installing it in the next month but for the e30 lights i dont know how well it would look because of the grooves.. they have red and a light tint and a dark tint.

325iGuys_sis
03-22-2009, 03:42 PM
the wet sanding is to get rid of any orange peeling or imperfections that are present. wich gives you the nice shine afterwards. if you spray it on and there is no orange peel you dont need to sand...but clearcoat is a must to protect the tint!


haven't had any issues with my tinting and drove the car thru the winter :)

should prolly do the clear coat but don't feel like taking the tail lights off again.

*th-up*

325isdan
03-22-2009, 06:31 PM
Instead of wetsanding the paint after I find Rubbing compound to work much better. It might take a little more time but you don't risk going to deep.

Boxer2
03-22-2009, 10:53 PM
After reading this thread and seeing some of the results, I think I'm gonna try it out as well*rockout*