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Old June 22nd, 2003, 04:43 AM   #1
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DIY: Taillight Removal & Smoking Taillights

So you want to take out your taillight huh? With these pics I'll show you what needs to be removed. And if you want to smoke your taillights also, i'll show you how I did that too.
What you'll need is i think it was a 10mm socket to remove everything.

Open the trunk and look on the inside. Inside on the trunk cover, you'll see something like this except I forgot to take a picture with the pad and cover on damnit


In this picture, the first arrow on the bottom left is where there will be a circular kinda cap thing that goes there. To pop that off it jus takes stickin ur finger in the hole above and pushing it off. The other arrow points to where the screw would be for the pad that would be covering these other screws. So after you have this pad off, the picture labels the 3 screws that need to be taken off. There should be two of these kinds of pads on each side of the trunk lid.


This picture shows the 2 screws that will need to be removed from both sides of the trunk lid. There will be 2 of these on each side of the lid. Now this should be all the screws that you need to remove to take off the middle piece of the taillights.

To take off the two side taillights, you want to start by taking some pieces of the inside of the trunk off so you can get to places easier.

First, you want to remove this middle piece by unscrewing the circled screws below.

After unscrewing them, you'll be able to take this piece out by lifting up the carpet alittle and pulling it out.


This is the right side of the inside of the trunk where your jack and other tools should be located. You prob want to unscrew the hanger thing on the arrow on the leff top side. Then you twist off those black thingies that are circled. You want to remove your jack and the little box below that the arrow points to. To remove the jack, simply turn the screw thing on the jack one way and it will come out. To take the box of tools out, you want to lift up the carpet and you'll be able to take that box out.


This is what the left inside part of your trunk probably looks like. Again take off those black things by unscrewing them and then pop off the two things the arrow points to by using a flathead. Now you can remove that piece that is holding my cargo net and this little holding thing. To get that holding thing out you'll have to lift up the carpet again and pull it out.

So now that you've gotten the back of the taillights exposed, this is what the right side looks like.

The circle are screws that need to be removed and the arrow points to a little piece that can be removed by pressing the sides in and pushing it out. On the bottom left circle, it has a brown thing that is over the screw that you must remove by pulling on it. After pulling this out, you'll see the last screw is revealed. I will not post a pic of the left backside of the taillight because it is similar except that it doesnt have that brown thing covering the screw.

hmm..i should put this before, but remember to pull out the things connected before you try to yank out the taillights. But i think thats kinda self explanatory?

So thats it for removing the taillight. Read on for how I smoked my taillight.
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 04:45 AM   #2
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For paints, i used this RC car tint that was meant for lexan bodies of RC cars. I couldnt find any testors paint so i went with this and hopefully it wont chip off later on

edit: do NOT use spray paint for lexan bodies. the paint started fading after awhile. try to find some testors or another company that makes smoked spray paint for plastics.

a good clear coat will usually help the paint fade slower too.

I used some of the candy apple metal flake clear coat that i had left over from my engine covers, but i dont think it was a good idea cuz it kinda messed it up. To clean off the stuff that was on the taillight, i jus used a degreaser that i bought before to clean my brakes. I didnt want to sand down my taillights because i wanted them to be useful in case I wanted to remove the tint after =)


This is a picture of the taillights set out on newspaper where i tried to make the taillights sit up pretty flat so that the spraypaint wouldnt run. (even though it shouldnt cuz im painting light coats right? )

After one coat..


After two coats and clear coat...


Painting between coats had a wait time of course. So heres the finished product on my car..it really looks better in person i think this is jus a bad pic..



so i think tahts it? did i forget nething? jus post questions here and comments
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 04:46 AM   #3
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looks good

what if something like dust get on it while it is drying? how do you get it off? remove the paint and start over?

and how's the output of brake lights afterwards? still visible during the daytime?

sorry for all the questions, was about to do this too
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looks good

what if something like dust get on it while it is drying? how do you get it off? remove the paint and start over?

and how's the output of brake lights afterwards? still visible during the daytime?

sorry for all the questions, was about to do this too
for dust...i got some on mine i think you should jus find a place that is pretty clean and a non-windy day i guess where things wont be flying around..

the output of the brake light during the day is very visable. you can really tell when the brakes are hit. and during the nighttime..you shouldnt have a problem with visability at all
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how do u remove the tint when you wanna go back to stock? Thanks
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 09:23 AM   #7
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how do u remove the tint when you wanna go back to stock? Thanks
you can prob use acetone or some other kind of paint remover..
john hsiung said you can use nail polish remover, MEK, TR-3, or acetone
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hot damn! Why do black cars get the best shine?!?!?
i got shine-envy......



Nice job on the tint man!
I personally woulda stopped after the 1st coat, but thats just my style. It still looks good tho.
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dagggg, thats a really nice job you did. It came out really sweet.
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hot damn! Why do black cars get the best shine?!?!?
i got shine-envy......



Nice job on the tint man!
I personally woulda stopped after the 1st coat, but thats just my style. It still looks good tho.
ahah thanks..but you havta remember..blacks get the most noticeable swirlys too

as for the tint..i kinda liked how the first coat looked too..but then i wanted alittle darker..maybe its too dark now i kinda wanted something maybe alittle in between the first and second coat
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Old June 23rd, 2003, 12:13 AM   #11
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nice job eric...nice rims too...=D
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how do you think this will look on a silver car?

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how do you think this will look on a silver car?

im wondering the same thing...

v6momoney's silver coupe has blacked out tail lights...

try PMing him for pics...
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so wait, you just sprayed directly on the surface of the lights? was it hard to get a thin even layer on?
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Hey, that looks really nice

I am probably going to do this soon too. My friend got a can of spray for his 92 accord taillights for about $30.

How much did you spend for yours? And did you need both cans?

Also, when(if) you wanna take that stuff off, it should come off perfectly with no damage to the taillights?
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Also, can we get pulled over for this? Since I'm guessing the reflectors don't work anymore, do they?
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Also, can we get pulled over for this? Since I'm guessing the reflectors don't work anymore, do they?
the reflectors seem to work in the pics...
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so wait, you just sprayed directly on the surface of the lights? was it hard to get a thin even layer on?
yea..i didnt wana sand them..so i jus sprayed direclty on it..getting thin even layers didnt seem too hard. i tried to make it easier by making the taillights lay flat by setting them on things
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Hey, that looks really nice

I am probably going to do this soon too. My friend got a can of spray for his 92 accord taillights for about $30.

How much did you spend for yours? And did you need both cans?

Also, when(if) you wanna take that stuff off, it should come off perfectly with no damage to the taillights?
i bought 3 cans..and i only really used like 1..cuz i kinda wasted some of the first one on other things haha..but i think you should prob get 2 to be safe..

i think if you take off the stuff..it shoudlnt damage the taillights because its jus a paint remover and i dont think it'll damage the plastic..but thats jus what i think..i'll need to ask someone who knows more about that kinda stuff..

the reflectors im not sure about...because i never see my car from the outside while driving..but in the pictures, the flash seems to make the reflectors show up..so im not sure..but during the day, i dont think that reflectors will show up..maybe when the sun hits it..not sure.
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i saw v6momoneys smoked tailights and i think they looked nice on his silver car..but his was alot lighter..and i think that maybe one coat would be good enough for silver cars.

heres another pic w/them on my car

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how much did each can cost?
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Do you have reverse lights?
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i would like to see a day and night picture of the lights on ... and a picture of day and night ... when pressing the brake pedal
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borinka99: i thikn the cans were like about 5 dollars each?

sedakill: yah i have reverse lights..i jus smoked them too

usul: i was thinkin about doing those pics too..i'll get them posted up later when i can have someone press the brake for me
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for once you did your **** at your own house and didnt get paint all over my backyard floor or silicone on my towels and fork
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borinka99: i thikn the cans were like about 5 dollars each?
Wow, that's cheap, my friend said he paid $30 for a bottle when he did his.

Can you tell me what it is called exactly and what store did you get it from? Would a pep boys or something have this?

So, I don't really need the flake, right? Just a couple cans of the black and I'm set (nothing else?)

Sorry for the 1000 questions lol

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Wow, that's cheap, my friend said he paid $30 for a bottle when he did his.

Can you tell me what it is called exactly and what store did you get it from? Would a pep boys or something have this?

So, I don't really need the flake, right? Just a couple cans of the black and I'm set (nothing else?)

Sorry for the 1000 questions lol

haha no problem..i got it from a hobby shop called hobbytown USA..you can probably get it from most hobbyshops that have paints for like RC cars..jus call em up and ask if they have window tint spray. you dont need the flake..but maybe some kinda clear coat that will work good with the paint..cuz i heard from someoen it might fade from washing if you dont clear coat it..but im not sure..maybe you can try i think you should only need one can..but jus get 2 to be sure so pretty much if you dont want to clear coat or sand down your taillights you can jus buy the paint..and make sure the taillights are clean before you paint them..n jus spray away

good luck with your taillights and post some pics up later!
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Thanks for all the help azn
no problem
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how do you think this will look on a silver car?

i hear a photoshop coming on....
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