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Old 11-13-2011, 10:08 PM   #576
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No need to be rude sir.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:43 AM   #577
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are white clips on the pic you posted broken off? if not the bottom trim piece should pop right back in with little pressure. just line it up as it should be on there.

i could take some pics but i doubt it'll be really helpful since you can't really see much other then when the panel is on or off.
It's the back part that i'm having trouble with. Like where it connect to the 2 side pillars
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #578
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to all you haters......ummm... well i actually for once dont blame you, i hated my lights that dark as well. So, I striped them and redid them. Safety first!

in the sun


in the shade or with a shadow I should say.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:40 PM   #579
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i you agreed with us we aren't haters..lol

looks much better
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:30 PM   #580
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yeah if you leave them stock a bunch of guys from 1996 will show up and compliment you on your dope euro tails bro

I agree with you about the blackouts though..look bad and dangerous
At first I wanted to paint them red but the more I wait the more I realize that stock doesn't look all that bad on white and silver cars. I feel like darker colors need this mod the most. But that is once again a matter of personal taste and opinion.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:54 PM   #581
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thanks lol...

to obluesti4 who has a white wrx haha funny, agree to disagree... my final goal is black and white and that is it. no chrome, no blue. But that may take a while cause i want to slow down on the modding, this needs to last 2-3 years.
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:06 AM   #582
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Wow that really looks factory
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:36 AM   #583
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thanks!
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:51 AM   #584
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stock looks great in the dark..lol
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #585
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So whats the advantage of wet sanding the tails?
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:57 PM   #586
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its not stock... thats with 2 coats of VHT. the blacked out pics were with like 5 or so coats.

The advantage of wet sanding is that it will smoth out the paint so when you buff it will give you a glass like finish which obviously looks a bazillion times better...
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:12 PM   #587
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and you wet sand before painting?
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:20 PM   #588
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no after

if you can get the paint on very evenly you don't need to wetsand
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #589
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wet sanding before add surface area to the tails and will allow the paint to better stick... and i disagree with you celery, wet sanding after is very important as well.. that is the only way you can smooth out the surface and reduce "orange peel" (this is the pitted area you will see when you paint.

However, you can paint without sanding ever. It just want look as good. Same for the clear coat. you dont HAVE to use it, but it will protect the paint. Plus if you do wet sand afterwards then it will be a must unless you want to sand the dark away...
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:23 AM   #590
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Default Removing duplicolor metalcast & clearcoat

I've been reading that to remove the paint, what people have been doing is wetsanding it off. does this work well? and if so, how far down do you sand? like all the way down till nothing left?

I had mine painted over a year ago, but I just didn't do well getting an even coat with my clear the first time around. And i'd hate to ruin $1000 dollar lights for my car.

Is there a general consensus on proper steps for removal for repainting the lights?

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Old 11-25-2011, 01:25 AM   #591
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I've been reading that to remove the paint, what people have been doing is wetsanding it off. does this work well?

I had mine painted over a year ago, but I just didn't do well getting an even coat with my clear the first time around. And i'd hate to ruin $1000 dollar lights for my car.

Is there a general consensus on proper steps for removal for repainting the lights?
Yeah, I just used good old paint remover and scrubbed it off. Took about an hour, but it looks good as new.
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:39 AM   #592
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dont use brake clean...one of my lights found out the hard way..lol
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:46 AM   #593
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Yeah, I just used good old paint remover and scrubbed it off. Took about an hour, but it looks good as new.
ooh, paint remover? it doesn't marr up the plastic or etch it?
any specific brand that you would recommend?

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Old 11-25-2011, 02:33 AM   #594
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i did a test run on a window of a junked car, 3m adhesive remover takes it right off...I would recommend rubbing it on rather than spraying though
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ooh, paint remover? it doesn't marr up the plastic or etch it?
any specific brand that you would recommend?

thanks
Yeah, just good old paint remover. No specific brand, I got mine from Home Depot. I was a little nervous it would muff up the plastic, but it reacted really well to it. Looks like I never even painted it now.

Be prepared to scrub the hell out of it.

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much better! i have always hated clear tail lights
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:38 PM   #598
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gasoline! it worked perfectly without damage. (obviously though, do not let it soak, just pour it on and wipe it and the paint off) I did this with 5 coats of VHT and like 4-5 coats of clear.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:41 PM   #599
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gasoline! it worked perfectly without damage. (obviously though, do not let it soak, just pour it on and wipe it and the paint off) I did this with 5 coats of VHT and like 4-5 coats of clear.
Good to know. Thanks for the tip.
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fading...lol
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