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Old 08-26-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default DIY: How to PROPERLY remove VHT Nightshades

In an effort to fight misinformation around the web regarding how to remove VHT Nightshades, I made this guide as a resource for those who want to do it right. I traded some 04/05 tails I had that weren't in the best shape for this pair that were tinted to hell, but I knew with some elbowgrease I could make these right.

What you will need:

1. Brake Fluid
2. A shop rag
3. Rubbing Compound
4. Patience

This is a warning: If you use acetone, nail polish remover, paint remover, or aircraft paint stripper, this can damage the tail light, creating pockmarks as it eats away at the plastic.

Step One: Remove tail lights as brake fluid will damage your paint.

Step Two: Douse your shop rag in brake fluid and start rubbin it out.

Almost immediately you will start seeing results:



At about ten minutes:



After about twenty minutes:



Step Three: Clean off the tail lights to make sure no lingering brake fluid can drip onto your paint.

Step Four: Put the tail lights back on and break out the rubbing compound to remove any final imperfections and bring out a nice shine.



You can finish it off with some synthetic wax if you'd like. Now stand back and admire your work!

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
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looks much better
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:32 PM   #3
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They look so much better that way!

What rear lip is that?
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:44 PM   #4
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An OEM EGR lip
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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That is great! Thanks for this
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Whats break fluid?
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:16 PM   #7
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You misspelled brake fluid so many times, and yet you used the correct "brake fluid" in step 2. What gives y0?
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #8
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Fixed, but really guys? Let me say it:

"NASIOC - where members are superfluously more distressed over impeccable grammar than instructional guides."
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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Well done- why anyone would ever want to spray paint their head/tail lights is beyond me. Looks so crappy and every POS car I see has it done. Its like they cant afford any other mods except a can of spray paint.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:23 PM   #10
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You should also wear gloves as brake fluid can cause dermatitis, among other hazards.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #11
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Glad my hands didn't fall off - good call!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:00 PM   #12
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does it remove clear coat too?
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:35 PM   #13
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Yes, it will. All layers of paint. You can reclear once you are done.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #14
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Any more pictures of those sweet donks in the background?
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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Ahahaha, hellllllllll no
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #16
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Ahahaha, hellllllllll no
lol thank god.


the brake fluid doesnt hurt or remove the plastic from the light? what about the uv protection?

thanks
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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Donk ftw!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:04 PM   #18
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lol thank god.

the brake fluid doesnt hurt or remove the plastic from the light? what about the uv protection?

thanks
It will not damage the plastic what-so-ever. However - if you have a sprayed uv protectant clear coat - yes it will remove this.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:11 AM   #19
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Thanks man.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #20
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Best method, really works! Requires LOTS of elbow grease, but works great
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #21
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Thanks, works great!
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