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Old 02-04-2010, 10:40 AM   #11
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Is that blacking of the tails like that legal? Just wondering if u cold still see when breaks were applied and what not. Maybe a night pic?
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I'd love to do it but I've heard horror stories with VHT. Should like of clearing the yellows and using an amber lamp
I do not use VHT. It is done with a custom mixture of Clear coat and a certain Black, sprayed trough the same gun I use when I do paint work on cars. No rattle cans or off the shelf products here...

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Is that blacking of the tails like that legal? Just wondering if u cold still see when breaks were applied and what not. Maybe a night pic?
Well TONS of cars have their tail lights and head lights dark like this down here, and from what I understand as long as you can see the brake lights during the day from "x" distance etc.. it is fine. I haven't looked into it much actually since I tell my customers that it may not be legal, but that is their decision on whether to go through with it or not, which doesn't seem to bother them.

I don't see why it wouldn't be legal.. they still reflect just like normal tail lights when other lights shine off of them, and they are bright still, don't be fooled by them being totally black. If you look at this the picture the tail light is on.. this isn't even at night and NOT the brake light, just the tail light being I had parking lights on. The brake light is way brighter.




I will get some pictures though so everyone can see. But this mixture I use makes them black until the lights are one, then they look like there isn't even anything covering them. It depends on the car too, being some cars have dim lights to begin with and I have seen some people with blacked out tails that you cant even see at night hardly, which is not the case with what I do. Keep in mind I can go lighter OR darker with this as well when I do other cars, it just depends on what the customer wants.

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It is very nice! I do like the look but the shipping for me would be crazy!
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what is your ratio of black to clear?
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I have a feeling that'* a company secret
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Wow, the tails look great. You really can't tell the difference when the lights are on!
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Why it wouldn't be legal?

Go research DOT rules and regs when it comes to modding safety devices on vehicles.
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Why it wouldn't be legal?

Go research DOT rules and regs when it comes to modding safety devices on vehicles.
Yup I understand the reason it wouldn't be legal, I was just stating it more as a loose term I guess. As far as having a problem, I see many older cars on the roads that have factory tail'* / blinkers etc.. that are 1/4 the brightness of many cars that have properly tinted tails. Obviously regulations when those cars were built were different than when they build them now, but they are still allowed on the roads.

My Full size Work Van'* tails are about the same brightness as my tinted tails on my bonne. The last thing I want is my vehicle to be unsafe or get me pulled over, which is why I was worried right after I finished them, but after seeing them in person with someone else driving next to other cars on the road during the day, in the rain, and at night I had no concerns at all.

I also see many cars with improperly tinted tails that are not bright enough because they are tinted too dark or don't reflect light properly and that makes me cringe..
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well for those of us that dont necessarily plan on going to florida any time soon could you give us a hint of some sort
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