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Old 07-25-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default 08 WRX- DIY Clear gloss smoked taillights

Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum well not really, just back again.

I know everyone is used to the 08 wrx taillights being JDM red tint or just pure black. Heres something different that I did to my 08 WRX. Came out perfectly the way I wanted it. Im sure if you were to do this at a body shop it would cost nearly $300.00.

My cost was $30.00 (3 bottles of Tamiya TS 73). Im very familiar with this paint as I've been using it for over 30 cars for my friends. Turns out great gloss black depending how dark you want it and it's also easy to remove with, "Goof Off".

Havent seen another WRX with their lights tinted like this in the lower mainland (correct me if im wrong).

Let me know what you think thanks.

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Old 07-25-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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looks great. How bright are the lights on the blacked out edges?
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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Bright like Oem, technically only the brake light is tinted, and because its LED its perfectly even and bright.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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Looks like the kid we used to make fun of with a unibrow.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:32 PM   #5
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Personally, I think it's a bit too dark... I don't like the blacked-out look myself, but to each his own. It may have been cheaper to do with VHT Nite Shades... I've tried the stuff but couldn't stand it myself (it's too difficult to get a light, even coat, and it gets really dark quickly). A full-sized bottle should only run about $12, compared to the Tamiya paints, which tend to be small bottles for about the same cost.

I have, however, used red Tamiya paint on taillights before, and it came out realtively well. Did you put a gloss coat of something over it? I suggest you get a decent clear coat and give it a few layers to protect against fading or damage.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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Now it really reminds of a storm trooper's helmet!

Looks different though, good job.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #7
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Is it just me, or does the back now resemble this......

Not hating, just what I saw right away..lol
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:44 PM   #8
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Looks like the kid we used to make fun of with a unibrow.
holy. was gonna post this.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:07 AM   #9
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Pope Face - Ya I was thinking of using the VHT paint, but I never used it. I didnt want it to turn out flat black because I know light will not go through and its hard to paint even coats. Ive been using this Tamiya paint many times and it never dissapointed me thats why I rather pay the extra and know how it will turn out. Also I didnt spray a clear coat on because the Tamiya TS73 already come out a bit glossy. BTW how does the VHT paint look in person ?
Ive seen pictures, but wasnt a big fan of it though.

Wasnt planning to make it that dark, but figured why not? both front lip, front grill , spoiler is black and Im painting the top soon so wanted everything to match haha =)

Thanks for the advice though, really appreciate it.


To everyone else = Yes it does look like a unibrow a bit haha
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:04 AM   #10
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panda eye. Looks good! hahaha
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:23 AM   #11
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Looks better then stock chrome altezza style for sure x100000000 and looks better the all black smoked. If the car wasn't white then it wouldn't stand out as much haha.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:24 AM   #12
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STi_JL: I don't like the VHT paint, personally. Maybe it was the temperature when I was spraying (I was outside), but it didn't "mist" as well as I'd hoped, and it's very dark. If I tried to do a light coat, I'd end up with tiny spots of gray on an orange light (I tried this on my side markers). If I tried to do an even coat, it ended up almost black, which was too dark for me. I would spray the light, decide it didn't suit me, wipe off the paint with isopropyl alcohol, and then repeat. I ended up doing that about three or four times before I got sick of the paint. Not to mention, at one point the nozzle got stuck and continued to spray, even after I let off pressure, so I had to grab a pair of tweezers and pull the little metal tip up to prevent it from wasting all the spray. I still have part of a can left, so if anyone else wants to try it out, let me know.

I agree though, it does look better than all-black lights (and you're probably less likely to get pulled over), and it does continue the black on white theme. It's kind of amusing when you think of a Stormtrooper or unibrow or ...
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #13
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #14
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STi_JL: I don't like the VHT paint, personally. Maybe it was the temperature when I was spraying (I was outside), but it didn't "mist" as well as I'd hoped, and it's very dark. If I tried to do a light coat, I'd end up with tiny spots of gray on an orange light (I tried this on my side markers). If I tried to do an even coat, it ended up almost black, which was too dark for me. I would spray the light, decide it didn't suit me, wipe off the paint with isopropyl alcohol, and then repeat. I ended up doing that about three or four times before I got sick of the paint. Not to mention, at one point the nozzle got stuck and continued to spray, even after I let off pressure, so I had to grab a pair of tweezers and pull the little metal tip up to prevent it from wasting all the spray. I still have part of a can left, so if anyone else wants to try it out, let me know.

I agree though, it does look better than all-black lights (and you're probably less likely to get pulled over), and it does continue the black on white theme. It's kind of amusing when you think of a Stormtrooper or unibrow or ...
Haha Stormtrooper Helmet - ill never forget that. But yea try the Tamiya TS73(smoke tint) on a clear plastic bottle. Keep in mind that you dont over spray too much where it starts to drip. One coat at a time. Later on depending how dark you want it then shoot some light inside the bottle and you'll see how much light will go through and you'll see how glossy and perfect the paint is. Its definately worth the money cause after all it's your own car.

I used 4 bottles of that paint on my buddies Black Range rover SSC and the light is PITCH BLACK ( looks like the paint they use on cars) and still at night or day every brake, signal or reverse light shines through perfectly.

Try it out =]

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:09 PM   #15
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Now it really reminds of a storm trooper's helmet!

Looks different though, good job.
Stormtrooper Helmet: Brought to you by Keiho.

I actually used a different paint on my lights... Dupli-Color Metalcast Adonized Smoke. It's a transparant colour coat that goes over chrome/metal, but it seems to work well enough on the lights. Daniel Stern Lighting actually recommends the Metalcast Yellow as a good colour for making selective yellow lights, so I figured the smoke should do what I need. I think it's right around $10 for a full-sized can, and one can did three coats for my front marker lights, fender lights, and taillights. They're all obviously smoked now, and look almost black at night, but they're still light enough that you can see the colour during the day or under direct light, and the reflectors still work.

I still need to go over the lights with sand paper to shine it up. and then give it a couple more sprays with some clearcoat, but I'll try to get pics today if anyone's interested... the lights have a bit of a matte look right now, but it should clean up nice.

As for light output: Personally, I think the lights look brighter now during the day than they did before, but I think it's because the sun doesn't light up the housing at certain angles, so when the lights come on, it's a much bigger difference between dark housing and bright light, vs regular housing and bright light.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #16
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I quite like that. What did you use to polish it? I'm really interested in doing this to my wagon. Thanks.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:59 AM   #17
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I quite like that. What did you use to polish it? I'm really interested in doing this to my wagon. Thanks.

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Sorry for the late reply. Was in Asia for a month, I didn't using any polish or clear coat . It's just straight tamiya ts73 paint . Glossy smoke tint
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:02 AM   #18
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I have to polish mine up... I sprayed outside and it left little spots on it, so it has a bit of a matte look. I haven't done it yet, but it was suggested to me that I use plain toothpaste on a buffing wheel, and if that doesn't work, then 2000 or 3000 grit sandpaper.

If you're going to polish it though, I suggest you put on a few coats of clear... If you wear down the clear, it's fine, but if you wear down the tint, you'll end up with a patchy look.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:17 AM   #19
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That's awesome. The last shot totally makes the back end look like a Storm trooper helmet! haha
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:33 AM   #20
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That's awesome. The last shot totally makes the back end look like a Storm trooper helmet! haha
Haha, that's what I keep thinking now everytime I look at it now. But now that I got the seibon carbon Sti wing and cf wrap the top and hood it looks a lot a lot better. Next is agency power turbo back n chip
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:46 AM   #21
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How many bottles did it take you to do that? 3 seems a lot.

I like the look, my 02 2.5rs impreza has the red blacked and white part still white.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:12 AM   #22
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I personally would not do paint!!! I went with overlays. Found my set on ebay for only $40 bux! I'll post a pic in a bit of my end results
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:21 AM   #23
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Here is a pic. Of my tail lights with smoked overlays.
What do you guys think?

I personally like the fact that its not permanent and I can remove it when I get bored of them.

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Old 10-18-2011, 12:01 PM   #24
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haahaha, those look like shades!
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:39 PM   #25
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I think its a good contrast between the blue and the black trim and tail lights... Ill be smoking the reflectors too.
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