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Old 08-11-2005, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default Taillight blackout pics in progress

Decided to start a new topic with all the details. Read the Techinfo article and click on my sig pic to see the taillight blackout procedures and before and after pics of my 93 SSEi last year.

Since then, I've done Jseabert'* 93 SSE, and today I did my 95 SLE/SC. These pics are it, in progress. I did them exactly as before, but not as dark. The 93 SSEi was done to hide delamination. The 95 was done today to make the cars look a bit more uniform, and provide more of a 'stealth' look.

Yes, I know NOW that I have a taillight 194 bulb out on the driver'* side. I'll deal with that tomorrow. Enjoy the pics:

Freshly cleaned and de-greased:
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Dried and masked:
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The magic can, lights dusted carefully in the background:
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First coat, barely visible. I did 3 VERY light coats:
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Second coat, a little more visible:
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Third coat, lighting is different, but these are slightly darker:
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After 2 coats of Clear Satin (not gloss), and de-masked (I'll seal them with liquid glass in a couple days after full curing):
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Installed (sun left me):
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With taillights on (I know I need to replace a bulb):
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Right turn signal on:
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Reverse lights on (note earlier pics where I masked these off. No tint):
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Per request via PM:

VHT Nightshades http://www.afterthoughtsauto.com/vhtnigpain.html

Clearcoat sealer (Satin) is Krylon Acrylic SATIN FINISH. Barcode 24504 01313
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lol, thanks Will
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I bet that looks ALOT better now Bill, It seems like all of us that attended WCBF were plauged with a burnt out tail..or damned near anyways lol.
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looks good, how about daytime pics?
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bill, i didnt know if you noticed...but you have a 194 bulb out in your driver side trunk light
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yeah, i was gunna say something about that burnt out bulb, did u notice it Bill, huh did you?
Im sure the daytime pics will come when the sun comes out again
whats the drying time on that VHT?
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looks good, how about daytime pics?
Yup. Have a couple planned today.

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bill, i didnt know if you noticed...but you have a 194 bulb out in your driver side trunk light
Haha, very funny. Have it fixed already. :P

Drying time on the VHT is very quick. I do coats 10 minutes apart, then wait 30 minutes, apply the first clear, 10 more minutes, apply the second clear. When it'* dry, install them carefully.
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In the following pics, note how the sunlight makes it look totally different (BonneMeMn showed an example of this in another topic). This is why it'* important to tint them in the sun, but have a shade.....a large piece of cardboard or something, in order to see how they look in shade and sun WHILE tinting.

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10 seconds later, the taillight in the shade:
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10 seconds later, the whole effect in semi-shade (say hello to the Zilla in the background):
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SLEeper and Greyhare'* 96 Jetta 2.0 liter Eaton M45 Supercharged Jetta in the parking lot at work, almost direct sunlight on the tails. Look at that Liquid Glass on the Hare :
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How can you see Zilla behind that pile of stuff?

Does the boss always shake his head when you guys walk by with the camera on the way to the parking lot?
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