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  • HOW TO: Nightshade/TINT/BLACKOUT taillights

    Well I haven't came around a write up on how to nightshade/tint/blackout your taillights. So if there already is one maybe this will also help someone out. Maybe this will be enough interest to make it a sticky who knows. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

    Things you will need:

    A can of VHT Nightshade (local parts store, online)
    Torx screwdriver
    Your choice of clearcoat, personally I picked rattle can Dupi-Color
    Clean rag
    Green Scotch Bright pad
    Newspaper or cardboard
    Something to prop up your taillights ( I used a 2x4 )

    This is a picture of the can of nightshade and clearcoat



    Pics of removing the tails, there are 2 plastic wing nuts behind the carpet in your trunk.






    Once you have every lens you want to tint, use a green Scotch Bright pad and scuff every part where you will spray. I doesn't really matter which direction you go in just as long as you DONT see any shiny spots.



    Now the fun part! Make sure everything is well wiped with the clean rag. Grab the Nightshade and shake for about 1 min, and start spraying keep the can about 12" away from the taillight. You DONT want to spray it on too heavy or it will run this stuff is very thin! Put as many coats as you want, depending on the darkness. Let each coat sit for about 2-3 min. I like the tails real dark so here is my progress of the shades.

    About 5 or 6 coats later...



    Once you let the Nightshade COMPLETELY dry, use the green Scotch Bright pad and re scuff the taillights and what ever else you decided to tint.


    Next is to put about 2-3 coats of clearcoat on the Nightshaded parts. Put the clear on as thick as possible with out running it, so do a couple of tests on a piece of paper so you have an idea on how thick/thin it will come out.



    Just and idea on how shiny it should be-


    Once dry to the touch reinstall on the car.





    I am not responsible for any mess ups or damage to your car or taillights!



    I Hope this helped out. After your clear has dried you can sand and buff. Once I do this I will add onto this.

    Michael
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    Looks nice...but why wouldn't u just buy light covers for the taillights? Now when you get pulled over for it you're going to have to get new taillights. Or just have to pay the ticket.
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    • #3
      last i knew tinted tail lights wernt illegal




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      • #4
        Nice write up.. A lot of people just say ohhhhh use night shade thats what i did!... and don't get into it.. and pics are a big help.

        Good job. they look nice.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by LS1Phoenix View Post
          Looks nice...but why wouldn't u just buy light covers for the taillights? Now when you get pulled over for it you're going to have to get new taillights. Or just have to pay the ticket.
          Well people say the covers will ruin your taillights and cost them to fade and melt of some sort, and you dont have to worry about people jacking your taillight covers...Imagine you walking out to your car and seeing someone trying to take these ... LOL

          As for the cops chances are you wont get a fined ticket, usually its a warning or fix-it ticket. I have only had 1 problem with cops and that was on my old LT1 Camaro... It was 2 in the morning in a small town, he just didn't have anything better to do.

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          • #6
            Tinted tailights are illegal.

            Good writeup. I also recommend sanding off the part numbers or whatever is molded onto the lenses. You can also achieve the best shined doing the final polishing with a rotary buffer.

            Also in response to Phoenix - you cant do this with covers:
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            • #7
              I have some pics I am going to post up tonight I did end up sanding and buffing them. Looks great! Just put a good coat of wax on once or twice a month and your good.
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              • #8
                Another word of advice to those who want perfection:

                There are seems between the different colors of lenses, and theses seams arent exactly smooth from the factory. DONT BOTHER trying to smooth them out, it doesnt work. The seam will remain there no matter how much you sand.
                -Joel
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                • #9
                  hey not to hijack your thread but I'm pretty sure I saw your car in Chelsea on Wednesday. Looks great, it was parked in a plaza a little way from 94

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by k0261886 View Post
                    hey not to hijack your thread but I'm pretty sure I saw your car in Chelsea on Wednesday. Looks great, it was parked in a plaza a little way from 94
                    94 and Fletcher exit, yes that was me
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LS1Phoenix View Post
                      .... Now when you get pulled over for it you're going to have to get new taillights. Or just have to pay the ticket.
                      Originally posted by kammi10 View Post
                      last i knew tinted tail lights wernt illegal
                      Heres the law you decide.

                      Question:
                      Is having smoked tail light/brake covers legal in Michigan? How about the smoked ones with slashes or vents in them showing a small part of the original red lens?

                      Answer:
                      MCL 257.686 requires a tail lamp to emit a red light plainly visible for at least 500 feet to the rear of the vehicle.

                      MCL 257.697 requires stop lamps to emit a red or amber light and be capable of being seen and distinguished from other lamps for a distance of 100 feet, including during normal daylight. If the cover you apply prohibits the lamp from meeting these requirements then it is unlawful.
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                      • #12
                        Sounds like it depends on if the cop is having a bad day or not. lol

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                        • #13
                          ohh interesting




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                          • #14
                            they look good on your red car, dont think it would look as nice black on black. if i had a different color car, i think id try this. good write up, be sure to let us know if the popo raises any hell.
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                            • #15
                              Sure Will!!!

                              I guess its a your call type of thing...I dont worry about the cops. I am 19 and have been pulled over 18 times for just about every reason lol...0 Tickets knock on wood.
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