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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Plasti Dip on Taillights?

Ok im new to this site so don't hate my question.

How do people on here feel about plastidip on taillights? and has anyone done it before? pictures would be cool too
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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Wont this totally cover them? Those tail light paints are designed to let light through.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:41 AM   #3
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Wont this totally cover them? Those tail light paints are designed to let light through.
Im not sure, I have just heard of people using it on taillights and I was wondering if it is any good
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
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It would fully cover the tail lights, unless I'm missing something?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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Dont think it would work because the heat of the lamps would probably make the dip peel off. Just a thought. Dunno tho
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #6
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It would fully cover the tail lights, unless I'm missing something?
Yes, if you use any colored spray. If you spray it thin, you will get this nasty rattle can spotty effect, which isn't cool at all. It'll look cheap and rice tastic.


If you use clear plasti-dip matte finish, then it'll just look glazed over and matte finished. If you use glossy, then it'll be clear glossy.

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Dont think it would work because the heat of the lamps would probably make the dip peel off. Just a thought. Dunno tho
No. Even though plasti dip is flammable, it can withstand heat from exhaust tips, until it is ignited with a live fire.



There's a fking plasti dip thread, why don't you post questions in there?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:54 AM   #7
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I mean I dont know entirely either but I feel it will cover it and not emit any light through.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:06 AM   #8
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If your using regular bulbs for brakes and turn signals, then killerspeed56 is right.

If your taillights are LED's, they will not emit such heat that will in any shape way of form remove the plasti-dip.

I'm not saying that would I recommend doing this however. It is unsafe, mainly for you and the already dumb drivers that are behind you.

They make a certain paint for this that is cheaper in some stores than plasti-dip.

Why not use that? Yes, the paint for tinting taillights is less forgiving, but that is what it was made for.

OR

Instead of messing up your taillights with accidental messes. Try lens covers. Lamin-x is a great vendor for such.

Good Luck.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:09 AM   #9
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Try it out and let us know how it looks. If you don't like it, peel it off. Dipyourcar.com has spray specifically for tinting. Good luck!
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:11 AM   #10
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And it won't mess anything up, just did my wheels, wing, and a few other parts. No issues removing it
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:32 AM   #11
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you can take it apart and plastidip the inside? leave the cover clear.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:59 AM   #12
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Look up a product called NITESHADES by VHT. This will give you the spray on, tinted look you're thinking of.

Plasti dip sprayed thin enough to allow light to pass will look like crap. Sprayed thick enough to not look like crap will not allow light to pass. It's your ass, by covering the lights you raise your accident risk 10000%

Tail lights DO NOT generate enough heat to affect plasti dip. Those who keep saying it will be an issue, you are wrong.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:40 AM   #13
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I believe dipyourcar.com tested plastidip up to 375 degrees. Some people have used it on brakes even though I'm very skeptical on that. There is a plastidip smoke which is made to be translucent so you could try that out.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #14
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they make a plasti dip "smoked" that i actually have on the reverse lights of my current vehicle(12' Si). looks ok, wouldn't recommend it for the entire light though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #15
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I've used plasti dip smoke to tint tail lights and marker lights with success, I also used glossifier so they didn't look matt. I have also used several light coats of black plasti dip with clear and or glossifier and had good results. Peels off of you don't like it, no issues with heat.

You can also argue this is unsafe due to light diminished output, I have put identical cars side by side with lights on, during day lights are visible, but harder to see running lights, brakes show up fine, at night, very minimal difference noticed.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #16
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Get lamin-x.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:48 PM   #17
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No plasti dip on lights! There's your answer!
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #18
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Dont forget to plastidip your headlights too like I did.

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:58 PM   #19
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:16 PM   #20
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:38 PM   #21
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At my shop we plastidip a lot does awdsome on wheels and lights
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:14 PM   #22
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I plastidipz my windshiledz for maximum vizability.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:22 PM   #23
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #24
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Only plasti dip your lifts if your gonna peel it off
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #25
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I've seen people spray light coats on the taillights but it's hard to take off. Unless you spray thick coats on it, it won't peel off nicely. I agree, the vht nughtshades are your best bet. Theyll allow some light through.
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