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Old 07-22-2013, 08:59 AM   #1001
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:42 PM   #1002
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I am thinking of doing this on mine too, but probably the overlays and have them prof done since I don't have a lot of painting exp. Where did you guys buy the precut overlays? Are they vinyl?
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:25 AM   #1003
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Hey, new to this forum and just bought my suby a few days ago. 2014 WRX. I tried to do the red tail light mod myself with spray paint and it leaked a little.. so I tried to use aircraft paint remover on a few spots and it completely messed up one of my lights.. it looks like it's oxidized.. anyone know any fixes to this? I've tried acetone, alcohol, and water and scrubbing.. but no good.. ;[ I have 3 lights looking ok and 1 looking real bad.. The red turned out well but the white parts have a little red.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:05 AM   #1004
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Join the club lol

Try sanding it down and doing it over. Goo gone or 3m adhesive remover will remove the paint if you need to, just don't spray anything directly on the lights or they can crack
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:38 AM   #1005
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I did this early this past summer and it turned out great. My dad actually didn't believe me when I pointed it out. I had to Google a stock WRX picture
I used Duplicolor "metal-cast red"



Also De-badged the Impreza, along with rally armor basic universal mud flaps. They were $16 shipped, plus maybe $5 for screws.

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Old 11-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #1006
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Hey, new to this forum and just bought my suby a few days ago. 2014 WRX. I tried to do the red tail light mod myself with spray paint and it leaked a little.. so I tried to use aircraft paint remover on a few spots and it completely messed up one of my lights.. it looks like it's oxidized.. anyone know any fixes to this? I've tried acetone, alcohol, and water and scrubbing.. but no good.. ;[ I have 3 lights looking ok and 1 looking real bad.. The red turned out well but the white parts have a little red.
Clearly someone who didn't read the thread. Sounds like you didn't prep well.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:28 AM   #1007
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Damn looks really nice. I might try this soon xD
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #1008
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Ya rondeeezy you're SOL. I'd start looking for a new light. Aircraft paint remover will do that to plastic EVERY time. Like Drowner said, read the thread!! Mine turned out perfect, I did read all ~37 pages at the time I did it though.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:45 PM   #1009
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Got a quick question. I'm going to be redoing my tail lights soon as they have faded over the past year. I used red niteshades and rustoleum clear (will be using clear laquer this time or an automotive clear)

I'm just wondering, has anyone sprayed their lights with red night shades, wait til it dries and then do a light coat of black nite shades to give it that smoked/ deeper red look?
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:16 PM   #1010
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Awesome thread! Reading through it made me feel a lot more comfortable pulling off the hatch cover. I just got my black '14 wrx last Friday and did this mod last night. Love the results and I'll try to get a pick up soon. All I have is night pics at the moment.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #1011
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Got a quick question. I'm going to be redoing my tail lights soon as they have faded over the past year.


While I wish you luck, I'm just replying to this as a warning to guys who really don't know what they're doing with this mod.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:50 AM   #1012
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Yea its pretty important to read it all. I think I read all the pages too. Hardest part was pulling out the hatch cover and installing it back on. Such a pain, but definitely worth it! I did this mod for almost a year now and still get compliments
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #1013
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I didn't have any experience with spray paint when I did mine, just make sure to follow the directions and take your time. Mine turned out great the first time and I'm glad I did it. Super cheap and it was a fun project for the afternoon.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:18 AM   #1014
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this should be called the "destroy your tail lights" thread
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:26 AM   #1015
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the negative comments in here are a little over-the-top. Replying negatively to everyone who posts in this thread is a little ridiculous. Find something else to do, you've said your piece.

Yes, it requires care in applying the paint. Yes, stripping the paint requires care to not damage the lenses. You should not be attempting this if you cannot accept those things or the outcome if something goes awry. That's the nature of DIY.

Your tail lights are not ruined if you apply paint and don't like how it turned out. It's not too difficult to strip them, wet sand them, and repaint.

I have used both overlays and paint, and by FAR, the paint looks better. It's more clear, does not have edges that collect wax, etc. In removing my overlays, I had to use solvents to strip a lot of the adhesive that otherwise wouldn't come off of the lights after just one summer on the car. It was a similar process to stripping paint.

I have also painted twice because the first time was quite uneven. Stripping wasn't easy, but using correct products and application, it was possible. Strip, wet sand, repaint. Want to go back to oem? Strip, wet sand, clear, wet sand, polish... back to oem. Also... there is a gap between the housing and the edges of the lens... If you don't properly prepare and tape off, you'll have a very difficult time removing paint that settled in these areas, but I did it. It's possible.

I appreciate that there are members who have not had luck, but the numbers of us who have had good luck drastically outweigh the few loud posters in this thread.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:27 AM   #1016
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this should be called the "destroy your tail lights" thread
In case you didn't notice, the 08+ tails were already destroyed by the OEM designers. Absolutely hideous enough that folks will do what it takes to try to fix the ugly.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #1017
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I'm not saying its a bad looking mod, I'm saying if you follow the op's diy and use craft store paint on your tails, it will not hold up to the elements, you will have to strip it off and you will probably ruin your taillights. The post needs to be changed to include a proper type of paint such as vht nightshades red with clear acrylic lacquer.


You two guys are just more examples of people who didn't bother to actually read the thread because its so long


The point is if you use the right paint from the start you won't need to strip anything, it will just last
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:26 PM   #1018
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Painted tail lights are looking great!
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:33 PM   #1019
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so i finally got around to removing the old paint and respraying the lights as they faded a bit after a year or so. this time around i did a bit thicker coats and it came out darker than before (red niteshades) which his what i was hoping for.

i did the red last night and i am going to clear them tonight. i sprayed them very evenly but should i give them a wet sand with like 1500 or 2000 grit and then clear coat them? or just clear coat em and call it a day?
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:50 PM   #1020
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It you want to wet sand them, use 800 grit.

Primer fills 400 grit
Base fills 600 grit
Clear fills 800 grit

Paint needs the scuffing to bond, so you would hurt yourself at that fine of a grit.

24 hours would be fine for adhering different stages, up to 48 if I am remembering correctly. After that a transition coat must be used.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:50 PM   #1021
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so i finally got around to removing the old paint and respraying the lights as they faded a bit after a year or so. this time around i did a bit thicker coats and it came out darker than before (red niteshades) which his what i was hoping for. i did the red last night and i am going to clear them tonight. i sprayed them very evenly but should i give them a wet sand with like 1500 or 2000 grit and then clear coat them? or just clear coat em and call it a day?
I waited 3 hours after the nightshades were applied to add the clear coat. I used Krylon Fusion Clear. I didn't sand the nightshades, just slapped the clear within 3 hours while the nightshades were still a bit tacky, which helps with adhesion. I did this in september 2011 and haven't recoated. Here's a pic:


I know the car's dirty, but there hasn't been that much fading. You'll find a comparison early in the thread from one of my posts: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=532 and http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=542

Since your allowing a day, you'll need to sand it. Going with 800 like the post before is fine. I used 1200 to minimize the visible scratching from the sanding process. I did 5 coats of clear.

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:21 AM   #1022
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Just removed my tail light vinyl overlays and painted them using Duplicolor Metalcast Red and Concept Paints acrylic clear.

2000 grit Wetsand
1500 grit Wetsand
1000 grit Wetsand
Meguiar's PlastX Polish
Meguiar's Deep Crystal Wet Look

Applied 5 coats of red and 2 coats of clear, wet sanded every 2nd coat.







Happy with the results
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:34 PM   #1023
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Looks great^^
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #1024
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how long did the two coats take to dry? an hour? should I leave it out in the florida sun or lay em inside the garage?
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:36 PM   #1025
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That guy ^ did it right.
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