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#1 Old 01-22-2014, 06:13 PM
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Tail tint

So I'm wanting to black out my tail lights, what is the best way to do so? Preferably not too expensive

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#2 Old 01-22-2014, 06:32 PM
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Is that legal over here in USA. They wouldnt allow it in australia.

There was a areosol paint in Australia you used. Do it yourself

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Ryan,

There are a few companies that make a spray on tint product but you need to make sure everything is EXTREMELY CLEAN. Rustolium makes a pretty good one and its available at most auto stores. Im not sure what the laws look like in Ohio but I know here in Cali we have specific brightness regulations. If you plan on tinting your brake lamps I would suggest some High power LED replacement brake bulbs /edit/ on the 11+ WRX the brake lamps are LED already should be pleanty bright to shine through light tinting. Depending on how black you choose to go you may not be able to satisfy brightness requirements / edit/ I definitly recommend CREE reverse lamps.

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only the wagon had led tail lights/brake lights. the sedan has regular bulbs. Only led light on the back of a sedan is if you have the wrx spoiler which has a led brake light which appears the OP has an sti wing so he has no leds that are stock. Just a little FYI fun fact.

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thanks,

I figured the sedan and the hatch had similar lights

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Here's a pic of mine. I used base coat/clear coat on mine.

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I did mine with vht nite shades paint. First sand with 1000 grit, clean really well, clean again, spray light coats to desired darkness, spray clear coat the more the better, wet sand lightly with 1000+ sandpaper, buff and polish with compound. Ill post pics of mine if I can find or take any.

Honestly though I would recommend laminx pre cut tint overlays. They are nice and thick. Most importantly though they are easily reversible.
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yea i was thinking about getting a sheet of this before i went with the spray stuff Bulk Tint Overlay Film 24-inch wide (Headlight, Tail Light, Fog Lights) - Premium Auto Styling

thanks for the help! can you get like a brighter bulb or whatever for the tails or would i have to get a whole new assembly?
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That stuff may work fine...I don't know. I do know that the laminx I mentioned is some of the thickest most durable out there but, is a bit more pricey.

I tried red tail/brake and amber turn signal led bulbs in mine and the regular bulbs were actually brighter behind the tinted lenses.

Whole new assembly????

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Here's mine this morning on a cloudy day (no sun) with the lights on.
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