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Old 02-11-2013, 05:31 PM   #826
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Those lights look awesome. Does the paint eat the plastic of the lenses at all?
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:33 PM   #827
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Well done, definitely adds to the aggressive stance.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #828
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No not at all they are just plastic so it's totally safe.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:16 PM   #829
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Here's a couple quick cell phone up close pics
They definitely have the glossy look. I'm thinking about wet sanding mine and maybe add another clear coat. Think I messed up with the clear coats. I like how the red turned out, and it actually looked nice before the clear coat. I did like four light costs with the clear and I guess I messed up. Any other suggestions on how to getting it super glossy?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:26 PM   #830
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Ya I would wet sad and try again. The only concern is to not sand two much and damage the red. I would at least try though. I would recommend a lite dust coat first to get adhesion then two pretty heavy coats just on the edge of running. It's a fine line though. And if that doesn't work sand it off and try the duplicolor.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:32 PM   #831
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Ya I would wet sad and try again. The only concern is to not sand two much and damage the red. I would at least try though. I would recommend a lite dust coat first to get adhesion then two pretty heavy coats just on the edge of running. It's a fine line though. And if that doesn't work sand it off and try the duplicolor.
Thanks for the tip. A bit bummed that I finally halftime to do this, and it didn't come out perfect :/ but still better than stock IMO. So hopefully if I have time in the near future ill definitely fix it! Sucks that life doesn't allow me to have all the time devoted to my wrx. If I were younger...... Lol
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:42 PM   #832
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Haha I feel your pain! I practiced on some old headlights first so I knew what to do.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:46 PM   #833
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Depending on the grit used, clearing over a sanded headlight should restore glossy finish. Ide imagine wetsanding with ~1000 to remove the desired amount of material and then wetsanding with 2000 to smooth the finish out would be decent removal procedure. Then just reclear and your good, or retreat and re clear.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:40 PM   #834
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They should call this the Maserati mod!
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #835
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I couldn't find the Krylon but I found

Looks factory up close too.
Did you sand it at all or just spray it on? just bought that same brand today couldn't find the krylon one either
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #836
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I sanded mine with 800 grit before painting
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:55 PM   #837
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How long did you all wait between coats? I finally bought the paint and plan to do the mod tomorrow. If there's a chance of rain on Tuesday, should I not do it tomorrow?
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #838
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Depends on the weather. I'd say at 70 degrees...5 minutes. It was tacky when I sprayed the next coat. You don't want it to run, so keep an eye on the edges.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #839
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Thanks for sharing! Gives me another small project to think about
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #840
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I bought those vinyl liners to do this same thing to my 2011 hatch but I messed it all up and it looks like garbage. I have been looking for a better way to do it all morning and I must say this looks to be the best.

I will be doing this to my tail lights this weekend and I will post some before and after pictures sometime saturday or sunday.

Thanks for the post!

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:27 PM   #841
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so after say a year which is looking better? vht red or metalcast?
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #842
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Finally have the time to redo the lights. They look real nice now after the nightshades. I'm just scared if I spray the clear coat layer it'll ruin them O.o
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #843
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Just make sure you do heavier coats. First dust coat then heavy coats!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:26 PM   #844
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Finished!! They look great! Thanks!! The heavy coats of the clear coat worked. It was a pain to get the headliner back on though. Think I broke one clip. But it's all good. Will take some pics in the morning
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:21 PM   #845
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Here's the end product.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:12 PM   #846
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Much better!
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:10 AM   #847
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To those of you who have repainted your tail light.

I am going to repaint mine in the spring due to a small amount of fading around the edges. I used red night shades and rustoleum clear coat.

my question is, can i just clean the lights, tape them off and repaint over it? or do i have to do a light wet sanding, or do i have to completely strip the paint off them and start over? thanks
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #848
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Here's the end product.
Hey trunk, did you use the same paint for your wrx badge?
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:17 PM   #849
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To those of you who have repainted your tail light.

I am going to repaint mine in the spring due to a small amount of fading around the edges. I used red night shades and rustoleum clear coat.

my question is, can i just clean the lights, tape them off and repaint over it? or do i have to do a light wet sanding, or do i have to completely strip the paint off them and start over? thanks
Ideally you would take all the paint off and start over buy at a bear minimum you need to sand them.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:34 PM   #850
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Hey trunk, did you use the same paint for your wrx badge?
Yea. Had some leftover and they turned out pretty good
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