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Old March 17th, 2005, 03:13 PM   #1
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Question About Tinted Tails

clifts notes: can this mod be easily reversed and/or redone if need be down the road?

This was touched on briefly in the thread regarding tinting tail lights. Somebody brought up the fact that the tint may fade to a purplish color over time, so they used metalic tint.

I realize that the metalic tint will resist color fade much better than dyed tint, but I like the dyed better. That being said, if in 5 or so years down the road, I still have the car and the tint does fade to an ugly purple color, how reversible is this mod?
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Easy to do, even easier to reverse.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 03:27 PM   #3
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i tinted my tails about a year ago, and they turned purplish already. so i decided to re-tint them with a different brand of tint spray. but to take off the existing tint, i had to play around with some soaps and chemicals. i found that nail polish remover works the best, it was hard gettin off(probably cause i sprayed so many layers) but it turned out just like new when i was done. u have to be careful not to use too much nail polish remover cause it has acetone in it, and it could damage the plastic.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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there's two ways to tint a tail light, from what neelio said, he sprayed his tail lights with a tinting spray.....it's very effective if done right, but hard to remove......

if you wet sanded the tail lights with probably a 5000 grit sand paper, then sprayed your tail lights, then also clear coat it (using a spray gun and air compressor, stuff in the can is cheap quality wise), as well as wet sand the clear coat then buff it, it'll look sweet, nice, shinny, and won't ever fade. but the process of removal is hard, you'd have to wet sand the clear coat off, as well as the smoked painted, then clear the whole tail light again.

honest the easiest and cheapest way is to use tint film. yes the tint film will fade, BECAUSE the tint is on the OUTSIDE of the car, tint is originally made to tint a glass from the inside, thus it doesn't get exposed to a lot of weather conditions. anyways by tintining it from the outside, you'll get fadding eventually through time. weather it's 3 months or 3 years. the nice thing though, is that you can use a little soapy water, and a razor blade, peel the edge off enough for you to grip it, and then just pull the rest of the tint off. easy clean up, and just wash the area and retint, cost wise is about 12 bucks, for the tint of roll, which can last you at least 3-4 times if you saved it.....
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Old March 17th, 2005, 04:58 PM   #5
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cost wise is about 12 bucks, for the tint of roll, which can last you at least 3-4 times if you saved it.....

Yeah, thats true...I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the info.
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