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Old January 22nd, 2005, 07:55 PM   #1
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DIY tinted center tailight strip...

DISCLAIMER: Not that there is anything you could do to damage your car by following these directions, but just in case, I am NOT responsible for any damage that you may enflict on your poor helpless car. That being said, here we go.

Ok, so I got tired of waiting for this guy to make the vinyl tailight overlays for our cars so I decided to do it myself. It actually was pretty easy, and I think it looks HOT if I do say so myself I just went out to good 'ol walmart and bought a roll of 20% window tint (like $8) and used a vinyl squeege and some soapy water when applying. This process is really easy and looks nice when you are done.

Anyways, I took some photos to show everyone how I went about doing it so without further delay, here we go...


Step 1:
First of all.. CLEAN THE TAILIGHTS BEFORE YOU START! If you don't get all of the dirt and dust off of the lights, it will show up when you put the tint on. I just took some blue painters tape and taped off the edges of the section that was to recieve the tint. I was careful to make the shape as acurate as possible (keeping the curved edges) by placing small strips on top of eachother creating a curve.


Step 2:
Once you have the lights all taped off, cut a strip of tint a little larger than the size needed to cover the area. Also, make sure to be very careful once you remove the backing off of the tint. Once you have the backing off, be sure to spray both the tint and the area to be tinted with a solution of soapy water (all you need is a drop or two of diswashing detergent or liquid soap, mixed with water. You don't need that much soap, it is just to allow for movement once you place the tint on the light.


Step 3:
Once you have the tint in place, use the squeege to smooth out the tint and remove any bubbles that may have formed. Be sure to use the squeege in circular motions towards the outer edges. This will minimize the amount of bubbles. GO SLOWLY... The more time you take, the better the end result will be.


Step 4:
Once you have gotten the bubbles out, be sure to go over the edges of the tint with the squeege a few times, to be sure it is sticking. If needed, go over the remaining bubbles with a hair dryer or heat gun on low... and smooth the bubbles out with the squeege. After this is done, take a razor blade and follow the edge of the tape, being careful to not press down too far (you don't want to cut groves in your lights!!!) follow the edge carefully with the razor blade until you have traced the entire outer edge.


Step 5:
After you have finished tracing the edge with the razor, remove the tape around the edges and your done. I would go over the tinted section one more time just to be sure that all of the edges are sticking down. That's it, you are done. Just make sure that you are very careful and take it slow because you don't want to mess up your lights!!!

Here are some more pics of the final product. Sorry about the shots in the garage but I just did them tonight and that's about as good as I could do at night I will take some daytime pics when I get a chance. I am really satisfied with the end result and the best part is... it's not permanent!!!




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Old January 22nd, 2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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Looks familiar. Nice job,
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Old January 22nd, 2005, 08:04 PM   #3
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damn man, well done first off.

and this is a great DIY guide

im prob going to do this once its not freezing cold out, thanks man.
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Old January 22nd, 2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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Looks familiar. Nice job,
Well.. I figured that since I asked you how you did yours.. I'd let everyone else out there know how to do it also Thanks again for the info.
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That looks great.
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Old January 22nd, 2005, 09:22 PM   #6
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a quick question, since the tint is applied on the exterior, would it ever peeled off or fade away if it rains or anything that wet gets on it?
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hey, will it bubble over time? Also would it be better just to use some tint spray or something. One more thing, if i did do the spray, could i apply it to the outside also? Thank you
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hey, will it bubble over time? Also would it be better just to use some tint spray or something. One more thing, if i did do the spray, could i apply it to the outside also? Thank you
You can use spray tint if you want to.. but I have seen some REALLY BAD results with that stuff. It ends up looking dull or not even. I'm not knocking it, just not something I wanted to mess with. As for the bubbling, I would expect that it would act like vinyl decals over time... if it doesn't have bubbles when you apply it, then it shouldn't acquire any new ones. The best part about the tint application is that it is NOT Permanent.. so if you don't like it or if it changes with time, then you can remove it.

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a quick question, since the tint is applied on the exterior, would it ever peeled off or fade away if it rains or anything that wet gets on it?
I actually thought the same thing but according to wilshire (look above in the post to see who I'm talking about) he has had this done for a while and not had any problems. The tint film uses a strong adhesive to attach itself to windows, etc. so I would guess that it would be fine. Again, I can't vouch for the longterm quality simply b/c I just did it to my car tonight But according to wilshire, it lasts just fine. I guess time will be the true test for this. If I encounter any problems... I will be sure to let everyone know ASAP.
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 12:21 AM   #9
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that looks awesome. way better than the tint spray. good job
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 01:07 AM   #10
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That looks as close to perfection as you can get. Different method than what i used but yours is much more effective. The tint spray is a pain in the arse to take off if you do make a mistake.
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Glad i read this today, i was ready to do the tint spray tomarrow. But i guess im going to go with this meathod. Looks good!
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the real question is how would that look on a sedan.....the clear/white part.......tinting it a little bit?

by the way, props, kick ass....that looks GREAT!
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the real question is how would that look on a sedan.....the clear/white part.......tinting it a little bit?

by the way, props, kick ass....that looks GREAT!
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I don't think it looks as good... but maybe it would look better on a black or silver car?
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thanks man

my car is blue.....hmmmmm.......what if i tinted it blue(BAHAHA).....hmm....i dunno....maybe tinting the whole tail light cause i am going for the whole "dark theme" on my car.....no chrome window trim, black healights, etc etc.....
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dang looks sweet, imma try that sometime
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I actually thought the same thing but according to wilshire (look above in the post to see who I'm talking about) he has had this done for a while and not had any problems. The tint film uses a strong adhesive to attach itself to windows, etc. so I would guess that it would be fine. Again, I can't vouch for the longterm quality simply b/c I just did it to my car tonight But according to wilshire, it lasts just fine. I guess time will be the true test for this. If I encounter any problems... I will be sure to let everyone know ASAP.
Almost 2 years to date. I didn't expect it to last nearly this long.
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 12:56 PM   #17
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do you have any pics of it lit up?
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 03:08 PM   #18
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do you have any pics of it lit up?
You want the reverse lights lit up? I'll wait til it gets dark and take a pic tonight.
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 03:12 PM   #19
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It's still pretty bright at nite.
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so thats 20% huh?...

how would it look with something a tid lighter....25-30%
anyone knows?
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so thats 20% huh?...

how would it look with something a tid lighter....25-30%
anyone knows?
i wanna know also... it looks tyte as hell during the day but i just wanna make sure that the lights are clearly visible at night...
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I REALLY like your RIMS!!! Look great on your sedan!
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i wanna know also... it looks tyte as hell during the day but i just wanna make sure that the lights are clearly visible at night...
Here are a few pics I took today:



And here is a two pics I took tonight both with lights on and off (to see the brightness):



They really aren't that much dimmer than stock. Definately not as dark as they look during the day

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I REALLY like your RIMS!!! Look great on your sedan!
That's not my sedan.. I borrowed a pic from the sedan gallery to show what the tint would look like on the sedan.
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Here are a few pics I took today:



And here is a two pics I took tonight both with lights on and off (to see the brightness):



They really aren't that much dimmer than stock. Definately not as dark as they look during the day
Pix not working.
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 06:16 PM   #26
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Pix not working.
Sorry about that.. I forgot to upload the pics I fixed it now.
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Old January 28th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #27
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I just did mine today thanks for the tips
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Old January 28th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #28
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Damn, that looks awesome Andrew!
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Old January 28th, 2005, 03:41 PM   #29
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Andrew.. that does look hot! It really compliments the black wheels. I just got my car tinted yesterday.. and it also fits nicely with the tailights. I plan on getting the black housing headlights also.. to complete the "dark" look I'm glad to see that someone did this mod also and it came out well
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Yea it looks good, i plan on going with the black housing headlights also to match.
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