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Old 05-25-2002, 04:52 PM   #1
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I did this the other day, took me about 45 minutes to tape them off. I removed them from the car, taped around the clear portion and bought Tester's Model Paint "Window Tint." The light still shines through really well as if they weren't tinted at all.

What do you guys think?




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Old 05-25-2002, 06:03 PM   #2
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hey that looks pretty good. that would look even better on a black WRX...hmmm.....
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Old 05-25-2002, 07:05 PM   #3
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Looks GREAT!!! what did you use to reseal the headlights?
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Old 05-25-2002, 08:02 PM   #4
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Old 05-26-2002, 01:24 AM   #5
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ehhhh, I would have done it the opposite way, cover the red with the black and keep the white, that way the light on the spoiler matches the back ups.
Rather then having 3 different colors Black, Red and White.

But it's just my opinion, what you did still looks good, I'm just big into subtle looks. I'm going to do that when I get my WRX wagon

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Old 05-26-2002, 01:40 AM   #6
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RobPA, if you had read my post a little closer you'd realize that I said I "masked" it off and painted it externally.

BrysImpreza: Subtle?? Mine's hardly noticeable by regular people, most people assume it comes stock this way, I just prefer the Euro look, like the 98ish VWs that had smoked out turn/reverse signals in the rear. What you speak of, tinting ALL of the red and leaving the white would stick out like a sore thumb compared to what I did. I think that's a bit too extravaggant what you are looking at doing to me. But as they always say, to each their own.

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Old 05-26-2002, 02:14 AM   #7
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Hmmm i was going to try and mask it... How did you get the paint to distribute evenly without it running down??




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Old 05-26-2002, 02:20 AM   #8
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RobPA, my digital camera actually makes them look a lot better than they are. In person they aren't that great looking, as i'm planning on taking the paint off with mineral spirits and re-doing them. Or getting some real window tint and using that. But there's some runs on the lights, nothing obvious, but it's there. Also some spots in the tint that are darker than others which made me unhappy. From an average distance it looks really good, upon closer inspection, EWW. I'm not proud of my work, but the idea is accomplished.

I suggest painting on a really hot/humid day and out of the wind, preferably in a garage if you have one or access to one.

This paint sticks on extremely well also. I did this same mod to my previous car (Prelude) and over a year the paint never chipped off. I sponge over them every time I wash the car.

For the ultimate clean look, get a pro to apply window tint to the lenses.

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Old 05-26-2002, 06:15 PM   #9
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I like it dude... nice and original. I was gonna ask you to post zoomed-in pix, but I geuss your last post explains why ya didn't. Let us know how it turns out the 2nd time around - cuz from far away it looks nice. Also post pix with the lights on, so we can see how easily they shince through too.
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Old 05-26-2002, 11:40 PM   #10
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I think it looks ok...maybe a tad ghetto. I personally love the taillights on the WRX and wouldn't mess with a good thing. Just remember its your car and your not gonna please everyone so please yourself first and worry about everyone else later.
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Old 05-27-2002, 01:39 AM   #11
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I think those black taillight covers are ghetto, but this looks clean to me. Once again, to each their own.

I'll post better pics, and a pic with the turn signals on to show how well the light comes through.

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Old 05-27-2002, 01:53 AM   #12
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i dont think i like that...
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Old 05-27-2002, 02:21 AM   #13
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On a white WRX I think it looks pretty ricey.

you asked


btw - I have a white WRX.

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Old 05-27-2002, 02:38 AM   #14
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Use spray tint made for lights.

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Old 05-27-2002, 05:24 AM   #15
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Testors Window Tint for models is the same stuff as the dedicated cans of "taillight tint." I checked.

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Old 05-27-2002, 08:16 PM   #16
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I did mine and after a thunderstorm it came off
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Old 08-20-2002, 12:52 AM   #17
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...SO, has anyone done this mod lately? Anyone with pix they wanna post? I'm getting very tempted to try doing this on my Silver WRX (but black-out the red, and leave the white).
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Old 08-20-2002, 03:09 AM   #18
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And can someone suggest a good place to buy this crap? I am having a hell of a time finding a shop. Even the rice factories around here don't have it.
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Old 08-20-2002, 04:23 AM   #19
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you can probably use vinyl tint. any graphics shop can hook you up.
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Old 08-20-2002, 08:09 AM   #20
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I think you could use vinyl in the white area, but on the red its a large section and has multiple curves to it, so if ya tried doing it in one piece it would probably be tough to do.
I think the spray-can idea would be the cleanest look. It would have better changes of being even than if you used that Testers paint which you have to apply with a brush.
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Old 08-20-2002, 09:05 AM   #21
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Hazdaz: i had something similar done i didnt paint the red section black though i painted it silver. I know alot of people on here do not like this kinda stuff but i do and i know their are some that do. heres a pick



their are a few more picks here

hope this helps

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Old 08-20-2002, 09:43 AM   #22
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kris--
the taillight mod is kinda cool looking, but do you have any pics of it at night from afar--- i wanted to see how it lights up (not up close) but how it appears to people who maybe driving behidn you-- since so much is sealed off, i would have concerns about visibility.

let me know.

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Old 08-20-2002, 12:25 PM   #23
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I dont htink it looks that bad. You have a real unique looking WRX.
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Old 08-20-2002, 01:33 PM   #24
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wrxin' that's not really my kind of thing but I will say it s very well done, and looks professional.
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Old 08-20-2002, 01:56 PM   #25
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Im with DESI on this one. I don;t think its my thing, but anythign DIFFERENT is good - our cars already look like every other WRX (since besides the stock wing there are no real visual differences from the factory).
I also would be curious to see what they look like lit-up - if you have those pix, maybe you should post them (so everyone can see) instead of just sending them to an email addrees.
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