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Old 03-03-2007, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default 6th set of tails.......time to play with a new idea.

I've done 5 sets already. 2 sets for my own cars, another 3 for/with other members. Picked up a set from billboost37 that he had laying on a shelf. Delam was pretty obvious on 2/4 of them, but good candidates for tinting, especially since the Zilla needs new clearcoat after over 4 years on the car.

There were a few blemishes that I had to wet-sand out with 1000-grit on all 4 pieces. After drying, I masked them up.

Here they are masked and ready for the first coat. But not a coat of tint. Translucent metallic green.......then tint. To give a mild metallic reflection in just the right light after tinting and clearing:

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This is after the light dusting of metallic green, and the first coat of VHT tint with 2 different flash levels to show the effect:

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The final effect will be much more subtle. There will be at least 2 more coats of tint and at least 2 or 3 coats of clear over all this, wet-sanding in between.

When this set is done, the Zilla'* will come off for a mild sanding, and re-clearing, then probably move over to the SLE.
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Interesting idea

I like it but I am rather curious to see what it is like on the car.

Keep up the good work.
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It'* not going to be very obvious. In direct sunlight, you'll see just a hint of a sparkle. It won't show at all with the lights on.

BTW, I just finished wet-sanding the next-to-the-last coat of tint. Final coat of tint is going on in a few minutes. I un-masked the reverse lights. They'll get only the final coat of tint, just a light coat. Then I'll clear them.
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i think thats gonna be SLICK!!!! when i first saw it i was like ok though he said something diff... then i saw the green.... how do you all keep coming up with these ideas??? 5 points for creativity!!!!! now we need pics!!!! lol
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Oh that sounds better, I was concerned that it would be obivous, I think that "obivous" look is way too cheesy. However you said it won't be obivous, just a hint of sparkle in direct sunlight sounds awesome.

Won't the tinted tails versus amber fronts bother you or do I have an undiagnosed case of OCD?
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Stock amber front corners actually look better on the green cars. They stay that way.
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Now that you've mentioned it, you're right.

Still looks cool just sitting there.
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Does the sanding help eliminate the foggy look of older plastic? Or do you just do that simply to help the paint stick better?

Selfish reasons for asking, tailights on both my cars are badly fogged
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going out on a lime and assuming your talking Delam, if so then No sanding will do nothing at all for you. personally i dont even sand between coats
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Should look pretty good when their done!! Got a set of Boosty eh?, who'd a thunk
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