Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Sunday July 13, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Interior & Exterior Modification

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
moody1
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 369421
Join Date: Sep 2013
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: KY Capital
Vehicle:
2009 WRX Sti
WRB

Default Night shades and taillights

This may be in the wrong section. If so I apologize and mods can move it to appropriate section

The previous owner use night shades (red) on the tail lights. They did a horrible job to say the least. My question is. Is there a way of removing it without damaging the lens? Can I wet sand it down and then redo them in smoke? I am trying to avoid buying new tail lights and really do have much experience with the night shades. Just tryong to decide on the best route to take.
Thanks for any advice.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
moody1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
Subrosa90
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 361304
Join Date: Jul 2013
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Lengthy Island, NY
Vehicle:
2002 WRX
PSM

Default

http://www.vhtpaint.com/products/niteshadesred/

According to the VHT site, it cannot be satisfactorily removed.I take that as you can't get it all off. I'm sure if you try some goo gone or maybe some mineral spirits and wet sand with a high grit afterwards, you could get enough of it off to reapply the black. Good luck.
Subrosa90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
Jonesy35615
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 353367
Join Date: Apr 2013
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Hockessin, DE
Vehicle:
2006 Impreza WRX
Silver

Default

Paint thinner and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and Meguiars PlastX.

Use the paint thinner and magic eraser to take of the spray. Make sure you use enough paint thinner, if it gets a little sticky add some more thinner. This takes some elbow grease but does work. I've done it many times.

Once it is all off use PlastX to buff the tail light to a smooth shine with a micro fiber towel.

Here is my friend working on getting it off his 2010 speed3 tail light



Last edited by Jonesy35615; 12-03-2013 at 11:20 AM.
Jonesy35615 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
dangerousatom
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 70710
Join Date: Sep 2004
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Quakertown/AREA1320 391whp
Vehicle:
2002 04STi Swaped RS
w/PPGS & 02 Wagon w/PPGs

Default

Im not a master paint/body guy, but Id get a can of lacquer thinner and some paper towels and slowly wipe it off. Then you will have to wet sand and buff the tails back to smooth/clear.

The issue IMO is anything that will take off the nightshades spray will mar the plastic as it takes it off. If you have the money it will be easier and faster to just get another used set thats not tinted. Your looking at an hour to 2 of stripping and possibly destroying the tails then many hours of wet sanding and buffing to bring them back :-/
dangerousatom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
moody1
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 369421
Join Date: Sep 2013
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: KY Capital
Vehicle:
2009 WRX Sti
WRB

Default

Thanks for the replies.

I am going to try some of the above mentioned ideas. Just really do not have the money at the moment to buy tail light. Its all going towards performance upgrades.

I am just a little ocd and really hate red. That's a whole other story there.

Its very splotchy and thin in areas. There are some spots that you can take you finger nail and just scrape it off. So hopefully it will not be to bad to remove. Will let you all know how it goes.

Thanks again
Moody
moody1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
gmruhren
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 375289
Join Date: Dec 2013
Default Night shade removal

You can remove the night shade paint if you want with thinner and a lot of work. i don't see why you wouldn't just use a very fine grade sand paper and just wet sand your lights. if the head restoration kits are just fine grade sand paper then it should work. just be patient and make sure its even all over. i recommend going to an auto parts store and trying to find a headlight restoration kit for after you wet sand the tail light or head light.

I was honestly thinking of doing it to mine and then just getting my tail lights tinted professionally because that night shade stuff just looks like crap and is not even from close up.

A headlight restoration kit should work fine enough. just buy extra sand paper that is wet or dry quality and at least 2000 grit so your not having to sand too much of your headlight away.
gmruhren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2013, 08:18 PM   #7
subyhatch05
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 296700
Join Date: Oct 2011
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: 203
Vehicle:
1999 rs
blue steel mica

Default

wet sanding is opening up a can of worms much larger than what is needed. lacquer thinner and a microfiber will work just fine.

after its all removed, the surface will feel and look odd from the thinner, just get some plasticX or a polish/wax and shine em up after
subyhatch05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.