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Old 07-15-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Tinting tails....again.

This is like the 23rd time I think.

Anyway, a 'new' set for the Zilla, and the Zilla'* old set gets refreshed and restored for the 95, which I'll 'retire' the tails from.

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(notice how the SE/SLE tails yellow over the reverse lights? I don't likey)



New tail wetsanded and ready for final clearcoat:
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Inner tails done:
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Outer tail done:
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The Zilla'* OLD set, destined for the SLE. These have been wetsanded, alcohol wiped, two more light coats of tint, and cleared. Ready for wetsanding and final clearcoat:
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The difference this time is that I'm un-masking the reverse lights for the last two light coats of tint on both sets. The difference is subtle, but I like it better than totally un-tinted.
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I'm really curious to see how those slightly tinted reverse lights look. Should be pretty nice!
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3/4 installed on the Z.

SLE may have to wait. Nuts are actually a different size, if you can believe that.
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I can believe that. Even the stud on SSE tails changed, not just the SE tails. Noticed it on a new one I got from another member a while back.
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Nice looking tails Bill! So the clear coating first worked out better, eh?
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I was just tinting my tails today too, but the inner tails on mine ended up looked all cracked up before I even got to the clearcoat. Any idea what would cause that?

The outer tails I put on were off a diff car and in MUCH better condition (smooth and shiny). I sanded, smoothed, and alcohol-wiped the inner tails (originals off my car) as best I could, but they were faded and old and seemed a bit frail (as plastic over years tends to do), and when done, they are not very good. So, what'* your take on it?
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Clearing the tails to seal micro-cracks will work better, so the tinting can't wick in there and 'amplify' them.

This set of tails didn't need it. The last set I did would have been better if I'd done it first.



Here'* the Zilla'* new tails made from the set I bought from TFC:
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Pics of the SLE (with Zilla'* refreshed tinted tails) will be up tomorrow when I get the right nuts. My nuts aren't the right size!
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WOW!

Love it, nice job Bill!
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For a rush job, (2 sets in half a day) they came out pretty good. Painting conditions were better than when we did yours, so I only had to wet-sand between the two heavy coats of clear.

The Zilla'* old taillights 'refreshed' much better than I expected.
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Those look relly good!!!

I feel your pain about the bolts I ran into the same problem when doing my swap lucky for me dms had some in stock
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