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Old 04-04-2011, 10:23 AM   #476
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Hi. I've been surfing around this thread for a while now, and some questions come to mind...

I found these instructions: http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f73/...ainting-28918/, which explain a step not used here. That step is sanding the taillight. From what I understand, if you paint over a smooth finish, the paint won't stick, so peeling and fading might occur.
Hey that's my thread!

I'm about to redo my lights in the next month or two as the paint HAS faded, pretty well I might add. The lights look more orange now, and if you look in my original post on WRXtuners it's pretty dark. I'm not sure if it was the metalcast or the "UV" resistant rustoleum clear I used, but they faded.

My only question is, regarding the clear coat, does it block the UV rays so they can't get to the red paint under the clear (like sunglasses), or does the clear just not get affected by the UV rays, but still lets them pass through to the red? I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm guessing the clear I used let enough of the UV through to fade the red in the always sunny Utah weather.

I'm going to try again with the metal cast and see if I can't find a high quality automotive clear and get better results. I can say I've had zero issues with the paint sticking tot he light, no orange peel or spider webbing when I did it. Clear went on smooth enough they didn't even need a buff to get them to shine, they just did. I did pull the masking off before I cleared so there are no ridges between painted and non painted areas of the light.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:01 PM   #477
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working on mine today. first coat bubbled, luckily goo gone got the paint off really easy so attempt two coming within the hour..have to be more careful I guess...the color looked awesome though
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:50 PM   #478
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working on mine today. first coat bubbled, luckily goo gone got the paint off really easy so attempt two coming within the hour..have to be more careful I guess...the color looked awesome though
Most of the time the bubbling or webbing will occur if a cleaner was used on the tail lights. Alot of dealerships will use a wax and or chemical agent to clean the tail lights. If this is done the paint will not properly adhere giving it that webby or blobby texture. To solve this issue, wet sand with a 1000 or 1500 grit and then completely clean with towels and warm water then finish off the process with a rubbing alcohol to ensure all of the debris is cleared from the tail light. After this then spray paint
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:54 PM   #479
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yeah I think i fixed it by wetsanding, but I messed up one so now I have 3 painted and one unpainted..lol
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:16 PM   #480
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:34 PM   #481
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:16 PM   #482
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Just got done removing the lights/hatch liner and a couple of tips. When removing the outer lights, if you pull them out straight and slightly upwards they'll slide out easier.

When removing the hatch liner it helps to unclip each plastic pilar. The pilars have plastic grooves that attach to the hatch liner. Once those are unclipped the liner itself should fall on your head, lol.

Haven't painted the lights yet - ran out of time before work
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:22 PM   #483
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I am still deliberating whether to paint 'em or just get the overlays. I am just worried that the overlays won't make it though a winter here, but then I am faced with fading paint.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:30 PM   #484
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i vote overlays...painted looks good in pics but masking properly is a pain and u get a bump at the edge which is hard to keep from chipping. Also the clear part doesnt look right if u clear coat it...too much trouble...i cant believe there are no aftermarket lights out yet
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:38 PM   #485
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I finally decided to take the plunge and do this to my 2010 tails. I'm waiting for the red to dry and was wondering if I should clear coat with the tape on or remove the tape and then clear coat. It's looking good so far!
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:33 PM   #486
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damit i can never find these paint cans. at any stores and i do search
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:43 PM   #487
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I didn't think I was going to like this, but it actually looks pretty slick.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:48 PM   #488
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yeah at first...then it starts to look dull..lol
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:25 AM   #489
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I have had mine done for 2yrs. Hasnt become dull or faded yet.. I also clearcoated the crap out of it and wax them when I wax the car..
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #490
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damit i can never find these paint cans. at any stores and i do search
michaels craft stores carry it, its a tinted glass spray you need one can if you do light coats and get it perfect otherwise i would get two since they're small cans
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:29 AM   #491
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Thanks so much for this write up, I followed it this weekend and here's my first "mod" to my WRX (and this is my first post!)

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:59 AM   #492
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I don't know what paint you guys are using and I am not going to search through the thread, but do not use Krylon stained glass or you will be re-painting a year later after this stuff fades. Duplicolor Metalcast Red has shown to last longer. Also use a clearcoat over it and you should have no problems for a long time.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:07 AM   #493
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In the process of doing this. Had to peel off my overlays, and then had to use rubbing alcohol to get the sticky off. Just doing the out side one,. will do the hatch ones maybe tomorrow night.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:40 AM   #494
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Finished it up this morning.

Total Process:
1 Light Coat Duplicolor Red Metalcast
4 Medium Coats Duplicolor Red Metalcast
1 Light Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
1 Medium Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
1 Heavy Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
Wet Sand 1000 Grit
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Wet Sand 2000 Grit
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:10 PM   #495
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I originally did mine with Testors Transparent Candy Apple Red and was less than satisfied with the results, mostly due to application but also colour. Today I picked up a can of the Dupont that everybody else seems to be using in this thread and am impressed already. Only 1/4 done but nice to see the comparison.

I stripped the old paint off with acetone which had minimal hazing on the cleaned lens thankfully, a little buffing and all was ready for a redux.

I did the same basic steps as rsutton above but added a 5th medium coat of red. I also didn't have all the polishes so I just use some basic car polish and then waxed them.





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Finished it up this morning.

Total Process:
1 Light Coat Duplicolor Red Metalcast
4 Medium Coats Duplicolor Red Metalcast
1 Light Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
1 Medium Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
1 Heavy Coat Duplicolor Clear Coat
Wet Sand 1000 Grit
Wet Sand 1500 Grit
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Did you do the clear with the masking or without? Also, did you sand the taillight before the painting process?

This will be my next mod, after I'm done with the HID retrofit, so I'm checking out everyone else's process/experience before I actually get to it. Plus, it's been raining daily for the past month, so I know the paint won't sit properly.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:26 PM   #497
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did mine today as well...super happy...could proll use another wet sand though

cleaned
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5x coats of duplicolor metalcast red
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Did you do the clear with the masking or without? Also, did you sand the taillight before the painting process?

This will be my next mod, after I'm done with the HID retrofit, so I'm checking out everyone else's process/experience before I actually get to it. Plus, it's been raining daily for the past month, so I know the paint won't sit properly.
I did the clear with the tail lights masked and then wet sanded after they were off to help with the rough edges from pait to white. I did not sand the light before the process.
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Did you do the clear with the masking or without? Also, did you sand the taillight before the painting process?

This will be my next mod, after I'm done with the HID retrofit, so I'm checking out everyone else's process/experience before I actually get to it. Plus, it's been raining daily for the past month, so I know the paint won't sit properly.
Originally I unmasked mine and cleared the whole thing. This go-around I trimmed my mask 1/8" in so that the clear would cover the edge of the paint and it looks nice, you can only tell when you get your face right up close to the lights.

But anyways I'm done! Only one little screw up that is hardly noticeable when the clearcoat can ran out it sputtered and left a blotch of extra-shiny clear which came off fairly well during wet sanding.



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Old 08-25-2011, 08:33 PM   #500
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i probably sound like a major noob, but whats the proper technique for wetsanding? I'm going to repaint mine tomorrow, they faded pretty bad after about 6 months.. I used Duplicolor metalcast red and rustoleum UV resistant clearcoat. Also was just planning on re taping and painting over.. should i wetsand prior or use some sort of solvent that's proven to strip this stuff clean?
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