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Kayak83 05-05-2012 09:34 PM

Just tried doing a few coats of nightshade on my tails but ended up ordering some spyder led tinted tails instead. It looks OK from a distance, but I don't think the paint will last very long. That and i did a half assed job...In the meantime, what are people doing for the third brake light for tint? Custom or is there something to order?

4.whoa 05-05-2012 10:02 PM

Re: Nightshades
You can send it to get tinted ,you can use niteshade & do it yourself , or you can use a light coat of body color and blend it in.

The niteshades really needs to be wet sanded and then clear coated. it changes it tremendously ,much clearer & shinier .

phox 05-06-2012 08:30 AM

Re: Nightshades
don't ever half ass niteshades. I did it with wet sand and all that and mine look fantastic. I also am an art student and had a friend who works at a paint shop supervise me.

I niteshaded my third brake light too. significantly darker I might add, but it all looks perfect. you just have to take your time for real man. lemme walk you through what I did.

wet sand tails (not the reverse parking light though, since i was not tinting that)
clean with alcohol.
mask off reverse light.
spray perimeter of tails, starting off the light and passing over
spray even a light even coat, starting off the light and passing over.
repeat until desired darkness.

don't worry about bubbles, they will disappear.
I let mine dry a few hours in front of a de-humidifier.

then I clear coated twice, then wet sanded again, then cleaned with alcohol again, compounded and then waxed.

perfect tails.

also, you posted this in the engine performance section, so if you were expecting any horsepower gain, you'll probably be hugely disappointed....

good luck!

Kayak83 05-06-2012 09:21 AM

Re: Nightshades
Haha. Woops.

phox 05-06-2012 10:49 AM

Re: Nightshades

there's my tails thread. just in case you wanted some photo reference of how they turned out.

in the daylight too they look like this:

I didn't go too dark just to avoid law trouble, but they really glass up nicely after you wet sand and compound/wax.

Kayak83 05-06-2012 10:50 AM

Re: Nightshades
I might do them over again. I read that gasoline will strip off the paint. Why the second round of wet sanding btw?

phox 05-06-2012 11:11 AM

Re: Nightshades
the second round wet sand (with 2000 grit I might add) just helps give the compound somewhere to go when you rub it in. and I mean REALLY rub that stuff in. it allows for a nice even shine.

it's pretty important to go easy on that last sanding, it's similar to the concept of clay-bar-ing your car. you want to make the paint even, but you don't want to strip the color. the compound will then fill in the rest and make everything perfectly even.

Kayak83 05-06-2012 11:39 PM

Re: Nightshades
Confirmed: gasoline on a rag takes it off.

If anybody wants some sanded stock tails ready for tint let me know and I'll give them to you for cheap.

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