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Old 10-21-2009, 02:53 PM   #126
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i typed out everything i did:

Well this shouldn't cost you much more than $20.

Go to your local hobby store.

You'll want to get 2-3 cans of this stuff:
http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/336487.asp
Also get 1-2 cans of clear coat.
It's a translucent stained glass sort of paint.

You'll be ok with 2 cans of red and 1 clear, but depends on how well you paint.

You'll also want tape to mask off the centers (notice in the picture on each piece i painted the edge lines instead of continuing the mask to the second piece if this makes sense). If you're real picky, mask of the edges so that only the lens plastic is showing. When you open your hatch you might see some overspray.

Remove all 4 tail light pieces and clean with alcohol/acetone. Removing is easy, just pop everything out, remove a few screws.

Once clean and ready, shake your red can and apply to each individually, the first coat is usually the lightest. Do 3 coats total, the last 2 coats should be slightly heavier. After 3 coats per piece, it should look perfectly red, if not apply a 4th coat.

When spraying, swing your whole arm and body across the entire surface without stopping, make sure to get the curvature of the surface and remain perpendicular, make sure to get the edges since those are easiest missed.

Now use the clear and apply 2 coats. It should look like OEM plastic now.

Wait to dry and remove tape, these dry fairly quickly. Install the pieces. When reinstalling there are sort of sliding rails that pop in on the corners so make sure those go in right.

The next time you wax your car, apply a coat of wax to help for protection.

If you mess up or don't like it, use acetone to completely remove.

friends car: (sorry for crappy phone pic, but if it looks light it is just the reflection)
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:02 AM   #127
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hey guys, get my 2010 wrx on tuesday ao been searching and re-searching everything. I was wondering if anyone has done the full light....and if they can still see while reversing. If so chirp in I cančt be the only one wondering this! otherwise, most look awesome!
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:35 PM   #128
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^what do you mean by "full light"?
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:04 PM   #129
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^what do you mean by "full light"?
I think he's talking about painting over the reverse light rather than just around the border which has no light output.

If you paint over the reverse light, it will probably dim the light output a bit. When the reverse lights come on, it will probably look pink. You might be able to mitigate both problems by alternating clear/red strips when you paint, but I'm not certain if that will work. The inner (reverse lamp) portion of this Saab tail illustrates what I'm talking about:

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Old 10-24-2009, 07:31 PM   #130
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Ya the full light. I presume it would still light up fairly well. I'll see how ballsy I'll b when the time comes.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:25 PM   #131
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Duplicolor MetalCast Red FTMFW! They also have a smoke color too, if you want to get tricky and tint the center portions smoky. I tried both and ended up going all red. But that is the perfect paint!

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Old 10-25-2009, 08:49 PM   #132
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Duplicolor MetalCast Red FTMFW! They also have a smoke color too, if you want to get tricky and tint the center portions smoky. I tried both and ended up going all red. But that is the perfect paint!

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how was the reversing with it all red? i guess it's similar to just hitting the brakes while reversing?
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:04 PM   #133
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Dope... anybody got tail light tints for the 09 wrx sedan?
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:35 PM   #134
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My friend has reverse light painted but you can see light fine... you are just painting glass paint over w/ clear coat. It IS little bit dimmer compare to no paint, but it's not bad at all
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:43 PM   #135
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not bad
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:34 AM   #136
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not bad
Thanks man, you gonna give it a shot
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:58 AM   #137
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pretty damn cool man i might try this!
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:12 PM   #138
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Has anyone used acetone to remove the paint on their taillights? Wondering if it is safe to use.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:04 AM   #139
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pretty damn cool man i might try this!
Do it, it will not be a waste of 10 dollars I can assure you of this
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Has anyone used acetone to remove the paint on their taillights? Wondering if it is safe to use.
Alot of people said paint thinner but gosh i just dont know. Do it right the first time so you dont have to worry about that
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:16 PM   #140
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:20 PM   #141
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went to wal-mart looking for paint remover safe for plastics.
found "Krud Kutter" Graffiti Remover.
Initially didn't work so well, but if you apply a liberal amount, let site for a few minutes and wipe off...works like a charm!
I just tested it on a 5 gallon water jug that i had sprayed with the same paint when I did my tails.
Will try it on a small corner of the tails tomorrow and report with the results.
Hopefully we can all avoid this fate from here on out.....

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Taillight lens....62 dollars
Paint...8 Dollars
paint remover....11 dollars
Watching the plastic melt off the lens you are trying to take the failed paint off of.....priceless.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:25 PM   #142
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^ Let us know if your remover works out, if so I may have the courage to try this out.
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:49 PM   #143
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I did mine with three coats of Tamiya "smoke" then a clear coat. Looks way better. My problem was getting the plastic liner back in place. Is there a trick to getting it back in?
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:22 AM   #144
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I did mine with three coats of Tamiya "smoke" then a clear coat. Looks way better. My problem was getting the plastic liner back in place. Is there a trick to getting it back in?
Which liner? They all should just snap right back in. What exactly is the problem to see if I can help!

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #145
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I did mine with three coats of Tamiya "smoke" then a clear coat. Looks way better. My problem was getting the plastic liner back in place. Is there a trick to getting it back in?
You refering to the liner that you take out to get access to the screws on the hatch tails? As adam mentioned, everything should snap back in place. This plastic is very STURDY! Dont be affraid to use a little force with it.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #146
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Think I'm going to give this a go. Definitley should have come from the factory like this. The stock tails are just so darn flashy.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:20 PM   #147
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went to wal-mart looking for paint remover safe for plastics.
found "Krud Kutter" Graffiti Remover.
Initially didn't work so well, but if you apply a liberal amount, let site for a few minutes and wipe off...works like a charm!
I just tested it on a 5 gallon water jug that i had sprayed with the same paint when I did my tails.
Will try it on a small corner of the tails tomorrow and report with the results.
Hopefully we can all avoid this fate from here on out.....
so how did it go?
my tails faded and i want to redo them but am trying to find a safe way to remove the paint first.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #148
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bump for good solutions to remove paint from tails plz
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #149
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Almost done, just waiting for it to be dry long enough to put back on the car.

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Old 11-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #150
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Almost done, just waiting for it to be dry long enough to put back on the car.

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