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12-12-2005, 09:12 PM
my buddy has a black 2.5rs and my other buddy has a white pickup they want me to smoke their tail lights but has anyone done this or no how to , i would assume you fine grit sand , then paint a light layer of black , then clear then repeat untill its the right shade ?

12-12-2005, 09:20 PM
I personally used a few cans of spray tint and it did the job. You can get a can online, and will run you about $20 I think for descent stuff in a can big enough. I cheated and went to a hobby shop and bought 2 little cans for like $4 bucks a piece haha. Worked great. I would however reccomend practicing on something first, like if you have a busted headlight or something lying around. Doesn't go on quite like regular spraypaint. But once you get the idea, it's pretty simple.

12-12-2005, 09:27 PM
ya my buddy with the pick up gave me his old cracked tail and was like you do a good job on this you do my tails

12-12-2005, 09:28 PM
have any pics ?

12-12-2005, 09:39 PM

Could have gone darker, but decided against it. You get the idea tho

12-12-2005, 09:45 PM
That looks pretty good.
What kinda of paint did you get from your hobby shop?

How hard was it? Like what all do I need to do? I've never painted anything before.

12-12-2005, 09:55 PM
looks great did you sand at all or jus use a paint promotor or jus clean it ?

12-12-2005, 10:04 PM
Bze: The hobby shop near me sells paint that is intended to tint the windows of model cars... I can't remember what brand makes it but the color was simply called "transparent black". At first it was somewhat difficult because the paint runs very easily, so you must be very patient and spray VERY light coats and let dry before applying more.

Explicit: No, I didn't sand or use promotor, I just took the lenses off, cleaned them very well with paint thinner on a rag, and then sprayed the number of coats needed. I didn't clear coat, just once dry threw on about 5 coats of wax and am just very careful when cleaning them. Haven't had any chipping or scratching yet.

12-12-2005, 10:32 PM

Curtesy of http://www.lightwurkz.net/

12-12-2005, 10:36 PM
Yours look much better than mine. I considered having them done(yours look just like my buddy's A6) but I couldn't find anyone to do it for less than $100. For the $8 I spent, I'm satisfied for now. Just out of curiosity tho, what did it run you to have that done?

12-12-2005, 11:07 PM
those look great ^^ any idea how they did them ? frigiale at all ?

12-12-2005, 11:12 PM

this was hte paint method i tryed to tell you about

12-12-2005, 11:14 PM
I kinda like that one. Is that what your going for Explicit? Since you have the Blue Tint Back up Lights?

12-12-2005, 11:16 PM
umm no jus the guy i asked the first time a lonnng time ago told me to do it another way, jus wanted to show you guys what it looked like but if i ever did i'd probly do that im painted a pickup truck and 2.5 impreza tails haha if i mess up my friends its not mine [:)]

12-12-2005, 11:24 PM
ok i dug deep and found the old link !!! Konvex's car club all has this done this way


12-13-2005, 01:46 AM
The guy that I had do them, Anatoyli, can custom design your own taillights.

I had my headlights, side markers and my tails done for $160 - for just the tails you can expect a 50-60 dollar bill - worth every penny.

Not fragile at all, wash and wax like the rest of your car.

I HIGHLY recommend them, but if you want to spend less and do it yourself - do it. Do it.

12-13-2005, 11:56 AM

Rich [:)]

12-13-2005, 12:02 PM
The only reason I didnt go with Jons Tinted was because you need to ship them out - and without an extra pair of tails lying around and couldnt wait for the 3 days turn around.

Other than that, I love Jons work.

12-13-2005, 12:07 PM
i bought a set of jons tinted tails for $175 @ waterfest

came home, installed them, and sold my stockers for $125

so i paid $50 for a set of tinted tails...not too bad i dont think [:)]

his stuff is top notch [up]

edit: oh yea, and i got a free shirt, "black that ass up"