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Old 10-06-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default J's Graphics - Smoked/tinted tail light pictures

Yes, I do these too

In addition to doing all of the other graphic/vinyl work, I've been getting a lot of people who come by asking if I can do smoke/tint for their tail lights as well. I had the film and material available to me, so I decided to give it a shot.

Material is supplies from lamin-x, however, it is cut in house at our location, versus coming pre cut from lamin-x. This way I can have it come out the exact way I want it and how it should be. Some lamin-x pieces end slightly shorter than the actual tail light, leaving exposed areas around its edges. I have mine slightly oversized (~2mm), just enough to be able to wrap around the edges and give the user more working area/room. This gives it a cleaner/complete look, and helps prevents dirt from building up on the direct edges of the tail light.

Been slowly finding local cars to do it, so I can do some test fitments and get some pictures. Whatever pictures of the cars you see means that's what I have and what's available. New cars are always welcomed, if you're a local or in the area.









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Old 10-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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Pictures of on a black E60 from this weekend.

Don't mind the exposure of the picture, it was necessary in order to try and get the actual tint of the tail lights to come out how they were actually looking like at that moment.

I'll get the other pictures up once I edit/resize them. The tint was just perfect in person, and we had no problems laying it over even that small raised part of the corner of the tail light section.





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Old 10-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #3
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those houses look cool...

nice job on the tint...
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #4
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Have anything for the 08+ impreza clear rears?
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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Have anything for the 08+ impreza clear rears?
Not yet. Want to be the first?

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Old 10-06-2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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seeing as y'all are discussing taillight treatments...

I did the red vinyl w/ cut out, then added another layer of dark smoke w/ cut out, ...then added a light smoke insert. 3 vinyls, I thought it turned out perfect.




Don, i've been using the Oracal transparent 8300 for a few years now, ...find it's alot easier to work with than the Lamin-X thicker films, ...however, there's no "protection", but who needs it on the rear anyway?

many companies are selling the pre-cut templates, ...I found this is very hard to do. It's so much easier and a much cleaner install to just apply it raw and trim as needed. This way you can tuck in to the edges and corners for a factory look, ....as you've obviously already found out.

Again, great work!
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:17 PM   #7
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those houses look cool...
SERIOUSLY! HAHA

tinted tails look good to
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:37 AM   #8
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those houses look cool...

nice job on the tint...
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SERIOUSLY! HAHA

tinted tails look good to
Like you wouldn't know. He gets that from almost every time

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:49 AM   #9
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are the layers no thick enough to have a noticeable difference between the layers and the factory plastic of the lens??
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:52 AM   #10
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It's always going to be raised up higher than the section/piece that you are applying it to. It's similar to clear bra, where it's only slightly raised up, and pretty much not very noticeable. This is of course if you are considering only wrapping part of the tail lights. Since if you were covering the whole thing, it'd be a non-issue.

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Old 10-07-2009, 02:06 AM   #11
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i always wanted tinted tails the amount of the e60. looks good!
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:46 AM   #12
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Thanks. It's hard to take pictures to show you exactly how the tint looks. Since it's obviously always changing in different lighting, and just a little too much or too little exposure in the picture could cause it to go either way.

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