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#1 Old 05-08-2011, 03:37 PM
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Lights I Just Did

First DIY on my 2009 WRX... Managed to tear a little of my interior trim in my trunk (barely noticeable) cus I got frustrated hahaha. Heres the product.

They are a little matte looking, I need to clearcoat them still, but do they look too dark?

Im in the middle of finals week, after that I was planning on sanding them more and adding a clearcoat. Done with VHT Nightshades.

Any way I can get them a bit easier to see through, I feel like theyre blurry, although last thing I did was wetsand them, wipe em off, and throw a little wax on them

Unfortunately the cops at my school are kinda D-Bags, but I'm transferring soon, I gotta get through 10 more days without getting noticed hahaha

I believe I may have sanded too hard



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looks exactly like my lights. i used the same product. mine are a little blurry, but not enough to effect the brightness. my taillights can still be seen during the day, so i'm ok with it. i did apply several layers of clear coat. i think it's way better than the stock look.

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looks exactly like my lights. i used the same product. mine are a little blurry, but not enough to effect the brightness. my taillights can still be seen during the day, so i'm ok with it. i did apply several layers of clear coat. i think it's way better than the stock look.
Agreed man, I totally just found out where I went wrong too hahaha. I'm gonna study a bit for this stupid test tomorrow, head home for an hour or 2, slap 3 layers of clear coat on there, sand it and put some buffing compound on it and it should look beautiful.
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Just did mine today as well, I think it looks pretty good...black on black is always a hot look
...............CHEERS!!!

EDIT!!!!! just saw you put wax on them...your going to want to sand that wax all off or your going to have a nightmare on your hands!!!!:eek:

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Just a warning to others. Cops go nuts here over blacked out tail/head lights - red must show. So be weary of how strict they are where you live.

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Don't trip on the wax buddy, cleaned it up real nice with some rubbing alcohol before I got to work, new pics up tomorrow, they look NASTY. Seriously sexy ass lights.
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Random thought: how about a thin red pinstripe outlining the tail lights (similar to the RA-R grill mod).

Start a new fad, tie in the red of the lower reflectors and third brake light, and keep "some red" showing

Worst case, if it looks stupid, tear it off.

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If you guys ever want to do this without having a faded matte look you could use clear coat with just a little bit of black mixed in with it. You will get a glossy product that wont fade after a few weeks like the vht does. some people like the matte better though I just thought I would throw it out there.

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If you guys ever want to do this without having a faded matte look you could use clear coat with just a little bit of black mixed in with it. You will get a glossy product that wont fade after a few weeks like the vht does. some people like the matte better though I just thought I would throw it out there.
Thats pretty much what I did, threw some clearcoat on there, sanded and buffed with compound.

And I thought about the red vinyl pinstripe idea, but im really liking the way it looks right now haha
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Nice!
I was thinking about spraying my lights but spraying the inside of the light by taking the taillight apart.
So then I wont have to worry about weather wear.
The only thing that is stopping me though is I sold my stock lights so I dont have a backup plan if I break something.

What kind of spray did you use?

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But yea, pics soon, im in the middle of finals havent had a chance to wash it get good lighting and all that shit
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I used VHT Nightshade.

My process wasn't perfect, I kind of messed up the initial part but if you do it this way it should turn out nicely.

Check this:

1. Clean the lights
2. Wetsand the lights (optional, I didnt, 1500 grit, light sand)
3. Coat with nightshade (your discretion, I think too much looks tacky, I did 2 coats)
4. Wait 5-10 minutes
5. Recoat (If dark enough already, skip to step 6, if not repeat steps 4 & 5 as needed)
6. Clearcoat (Krylon Acrylic Clear Coat / Rust Acrylic oleum clear coat)
7. Wait 5-10 Minutes
8. Recoat ( You can stop here if youd like, some people like 3 though)
9. Wait 10-20 Minutes
10. Wetsand with 2000 Grit lightly
11. Apply rubbing alcohol, rub lightly on light covering whole light, allow to dry
12. Apply buffing compound, thin layer over whole light, buff.
13. With a microfiber cloth buff RAPIDLY until shiny.


That is for a gloss look, if you like the Matte, simply stop before clear-coating, sand with 2000 grit, and apply rubbing alcohol lightly. (I'm not sure if buffing compound will take away the matte look so I will leave that up to you although it may make it a little cleaner looking)

Enjoy.
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Nice thanks for the info!

Cobb Accessport Stage 2.
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Nice thanks for the info!
No problem man, I had a hard time finding straightforward info so I figured it would be nice to provide it for someone haha

Rep me if ya want I think im gonna make this my primary forum since you guys actually modify your cars, I got clowned on for wanting to tint my lights on NASIOC and ClubWRX...

Sorry, im not 40 years old, I'm gonna have a bit of fun with my car bahaha
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Well than a big welcome is needed!!!! ..Welcome!!!!

To add to this, Niteshades come in red as well

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