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Old 10-07-2002, 11:52 AM   #11
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Didn't you clear coat it in afterwards?
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Any idea what the part number is on summitracing?
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VHT-SP999. It'* a 7oz can, they don't carry the 11oz. Buy two just to make sure. JSeabert will probably be using my spare, but I'll warn you, the first 7oz can BARELY finished 4 coats on all 4 pieces.
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How much was the tinted taillights????? I went to Murrays Discount auto Parts and They only carried Headlights that are tinted...
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First off yes you have to clear coat them afterwards or the tint will wash away in the first rain!
Second: We Tinted our OWN tail Lights, you can't buy them!
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Blue, go back to my website (www link below my sig) and click on Bonnevilles, then click on taillight blackout pics. That page tells you the why, what , and when.
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That looks really sharp Will. I like. Did you use car clear coat? I know Deathrat said something about model paint.....
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DeathRat used a model paint to tint them, then clear coated them. I used VHT Nightshades to tint them, but the finish was Ultra matte when it dried. I used Krylon Acrylic Satin clearcoat to seal it in and slightly gloss the surface. A full gloss clearcoat would have been as shiny as stock taillights, but it would also have magnified the imperfections in the lights. I'm super pleased with how it came out. All the details are on http://home.attbi.com/~bill.wren/ if you want to read it.
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> Pontiac did a great one when they started using the lamp monitor.
> It'* helped me twice since May. Was it even an option in 92?
> Maybe you could swap one in.

Unless they reorganized the dashboard between '92 and '93, the SSE and SSEi would have it. But from what I remember of the explanations in the service manuals (which are at home right now, whereas I am not), there'* a separate controller called the Adaptive Lamp Monitor (or something like that) which you'd need to grab out of a donor car, along with the dashboard display, etc. That same display is also used for diagnostic warnings, Low Fuel and Hood/Door/Trunk Ajar warnings.

Question for the original poster: Wouldn't you lose a lot of light output with 1157 LED bulbs? Most of your lighting comes from the light emitted out the side of the bulbs, which is then bounced off the reflector to illuminate the entire taillamp lens. If the 1157 LED is only shooting its light straight outwards, most of the taillight will stay dark and leave you only a dinky little red spot showing. Is that what you really want?
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The surface of the lens (especially with the tint and matte clearcoat) absorb light and illuminate the entire lens, even where it wraps around.
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