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Old 01-07-2011, 03:15 PM   #426
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I finally got around to trying this out with my '09 and my buddy's '07.
- 18-20 light coats of Tamiya Smoke on outside (where you guys do red)
- 6-8 coats of Tamiya Smoke on reverse section
- 1 heavy coat of Krylon Gloss Clear (I wish this didn't haze.. will buffing take this out)

Pros: Was a breeze to take the taillights out, especially on the '07. Paint was so light it was very forgiving
Cons: The plastic inside trunk panel that guards the inside tail light bulbs are a pain to get off, but utter hell to get back in. Although the paint was forgiving, we were getting extremely impatient AND high after 18-20 coats. I was hoping to go a little darker. We had to postpone the '07 due to running out of paint.



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Old 01-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #427
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Ok so i have my tail lights just like the above photos(painted).....But i found this car below and how he has the clear bit alot darker....I think it looks GREAT
So does any body know how he did this and if its possible on painted lights,
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Those are my taillight Overlays . Both red and smoke .

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Old 01-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #428
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How much are the overlays for just the red with the cutouts?
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:26 AM   #429
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Got my overlays installed at IAG . . . couldn't be happier. Awesome shop and great people.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:06 PM   #430
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Got my overlays installed at IAG . . . couldn't be happier. Awesome shop and great people.
That looks really nice. Link to order them?
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:09 PM   #431
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That looks really nice. Link to order them?
Thanks! Here is the link http://www.iagperformance.com/shoppi...ts.php?cat=873
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:32 PM   #432
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Was it painful to install or did the shop put them on for you?
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:02 PM   #433
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Was it painful to install or did the shop put them on for you?
The shop did it for me. I've read other posts that talk about putting it on yourself and apparently it's really painful and easy to mess up. I'd recommend getting them to do it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:21 PM   #434
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Okay... I need some help. I found this thread because I hate the way my tails look on the MazdaSpeed3 (I know I know...), but I'd really appreciate some help. I followed the paint guide on the first page and my clear (I've done this twice now) always "spiderwebs". First time I screwed it up, I figured my red was still wet. Second time I did it, I know the red has been red for a month.

Here is the end result:





Back to the turpentine pail of fail.
This is kind of an old post but in case someone sees this...

Spiderwebs are from incompatible paint. I had this with my metal cast and clear. I let the red dry with plenty of time. Only happens if you apply too thick a coat of clear in one layer. It was NOT a problem for me. I had lots of webs like you. Just let it dry. Wetsand and polish. Absolutely gone. No visible marks of the web. You can see my pics a few posts back. Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:58 AM   #435
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Hi guys, do you know any shop here at orange county that can install those overlay???
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:26 PM   #436
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Ok guys... I did the Metalcast Red / Rustoleum Clear, and my tails came out PERFECT... Thanks everyone for all of the instructions and tips... I'll post pics soon. I just wanted to contribute some tips that I wish I knew before starting this project, so I could help out other members to pull off this mod...

1. The Metalcast paint sprays out so perfectly in a fan shape that even an idiot like me can paint run-free taillights. It's like a very fine mist, NOTHING like regular spray paint. SO easy to use. Practice on another surface before you paint to get the idea how to do light coats - I used a white cardboard box and a wiffleball.

2. Removing the trunk liner to get the the reverse light nuts: follow one poster's advice, and remove the piece under the wiper, THEN the two side trim pieces, THEN the big taillight covering piece. Unless you want to ghetto rig your trunk liner back on with broken clips, follow this advice. TRUST ME, I took my time and still broke a few clips, because it's nearly impossible to line up the liner to put back on without doing the whole thing the right way.

3. You can do a TON of coats of red, and the lights just get darker and darker red, but STILL look great. I did 8 light red coats, and two clear (I live in FL - sun is brutal on paint / fading).

4. In my opinion, you don't need to sand the lights at ALL. I run my car through a car wash all the time, and no signs of paint coming off/ loose at all after a few months.

5. The Duplicolor metalcast red color is PERFECT taillight red, period. They look factory.

6. I tried vinyl twice before this; blue bats are GREAT overlays, but even very experienced shops have a tough time making the overlays look perfect, and do you want your $35k car looking like it has homemade stickers on the lights? Don't get me wrong - the overlays look GREAT too; however, both times my tint shops (2) left slight imperfections / creases large enough to see up close that I have stickers on my lights. Ricer lame. Maybe my tint shops suck, but this is Florida - how bad can they be? I'm not paying another fortune to find out. Paint, baby! $11 bucks

7. The tails with paint, if done right, look PERFECT. The hardest parts are a) putting the liner back on without damaging the clips and b) take your time masking off the lines perfectly.

8. BIG tip: make sure you evenly paint the lights. Sounds obvious, but it's not... The TOP part of the outside lights needs to be hit well with paint, because, for some reason, it looks like more light gets through it and needs to be well coated.

9. I did a coat every ten minutes, then the clear coats after 20 minutes.
The whole job took me less than 3 hours, start to finish. NO MORE THAN TWO CLEAR COATS... even after two, my light got a little less clear / got hazy... went away once it dried

10. The first time you spray the lights with red, it is scary... The color looks dull, weird and not taillight-ish at all. Don't worry; by the time you finish your red layers and first clear coat, you will have a huge grin on your face.

11. You WILL stare at your car for DAYS afterwards, in awe. I loved the STi before, but this was the best mod EVER. GO FOR IT!!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:37 PM   #437
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One more thought... If you know a shop that can do the vinyl overlays, then Bluebats overlays look AMAZING, so don't hesitate to go that route. I loved the color and look of them, until I saw the flaws that my local "experienced" tint shops did to them. Did not mean to bash the overlays at all!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:40 PM   #438
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Get some pics up!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:28 PM   #439
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:40 PM   #440
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Took my taillights 8 hours to where the red finally finished clearing through out the whole light, with clearcoat.



i used rustoleum and metalcast had webbing once when i sprayed the clear to a wet layer of red to early i think i spayed it to thick.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:28 PM   #441
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Hi guys,

two quick questions:

1. I just want to confirm that it is the Metalcast painting you are talking about. Since there is no mention of "transparent" painting ....I just want to confirm.

2. On the left is a clear coat I think I will use. One of you guys tried it?

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:34 PM   #442
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Thats exactly what I used with good results.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:22 AM   #443
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so has anyone tried painting the inside of the tails?
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #444
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so has anyone tried painting the inside of the tails?
I tryed to crack open the casing with heat and it was impossible to get it open. The only option looks like to dremil the rear of the casing and to epoxy or jbweld it back together. The silver inserts on the inside of the lens looks to be removable to paint once the casing is opened.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:32 AM   #445
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sounds like something you would need a spare set for
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #446
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sounds like something you would need a spare set for
Exactly why I quit while I was still ahead.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:51 PM   #447
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I saw a car that split them open and painted them...but it was in Japan. I'll post it up when I get home tonight.
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:43 PM   #448
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Alright guys...someones done it, but personally, I'm not too big of a fan. Could be better.
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:52 PM   #449
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yeah mega fail
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:19 PM   #450
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here is vht nightshades, and some sanding after I got pulled over for being too dark (dont use a clearcoat on nightshades)

this was the first thing i thought of when i saw that
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