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Old 12-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Where did you have your tail light overlays installed or painted in MA? Just got a quote from AVI (Newton) for $300 for paint or $200 for overlays... No way I'm paying that. Tint king (Billerica) says they no longer do this. Anyone know of anyone cheap with a good reputation?
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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Do it yourself?

I did mine myself with no prior experience what so ever and they came out fine

Just watch some youtube videos or read some threads on here
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:19 PM   #3
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DIY. It can be done in about 2 hours, you will spend far more time doing the prep work, like masking than actually painting. If you are doing it yourself, don't use anything but VHT niteshades red or smoke. (depending on what look you are going for). That stuff is designed for one thing, and its taillights.

So many people use other stuff, that is not meant for being out in the sun, even with a good clear on it, and it looks like **** in 6 months.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #4
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Do it yourself?

I did mine myself with no prior experience what so ever and they came out fine

Just watch some youtube videos or read some threads on here
You mean paint or overlays?
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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DIY. It can be done in about 2 hours, you will spend far more time doing the prep work, like masking than actually painting. If you are doing it yourself, don't use anything but VHT niteshades red or smoke. (depending on what look you are going for). That stuff is designed for one thing, and its taillights.

So many people use other stuff, that is not meant for being out in the sun, even with a good clear on it, and it looks like **** in 6 months.
Thanks, I just have 0 experience with spray paint besides random crap I didn't care about, so I'm a little uncomfortable. I've heard that if you screw up, it may be impossible to remove without damaging the plastic.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:06 PM   #6
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:20 AM   #7
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Even better than VHT would be spraying them with actual automotive paint and clear, just like the rest of your car.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...5&postcount=20

if you are interested, email jimmy@wickedinnovation.net his pricing is about half what you were quoted.

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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Mask out what you want. I painted with Duplicolor metalcast red, and Rustoleum Crystal clear clearcoat.

I did 3 coats of red and 1 clear. came out just like I wanted it to.

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Old 12-05-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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Even better than VHT would be spraying them with actual automotive paint and clear, just like the rest of your car.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...5&postcount=20

if you are interested, email jimmy@wickedinnovation.net his pricing is about half what you were quoted.

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Just e-mailed, thanks!

Also those tails look awesome ^^^^
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:12 AM   #10
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For the money, paint them yourself. Mine are holding up fine after 4 months, and for $8 per year, worth not fighting overlays again. 4 coats VHT red, 10-15 coats of clear.

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #11
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For the money, paint them yourself. Mine are holding up fine after 4 months, and for $8 per year, worth not fighting overlays again. 4 coats VHT red, 10-15 coats of clear.
You're willing to go through the process of taking the trunk panels apart, removing the lights, masking them and painting every year to "save" a few bucks? I did mine with VHT and they look great after a year but there's plenty of time in this job so if the paint starts failing they're going to Wicked.

10-15 coats of clear?
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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The ten to fifteen should ensure I never have to do it again, but people are lazy so it was more of a heads up to those who skimp on clear.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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i just did over lays on both my car and my cousins its not fun a lot of heating stretching and head ache. im going to run it for the winter then more than likely paint and clear them.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:36 PM   #14
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I'm sold on getting them painted, but still leaning towards having it professionally done. I read this thread and PM'd a few guys who supposedly had connects but no response yet. I've been in contact with Jimmy from Wicked and he offered me a decent price. The issue is that he's in West Kingston, RI which is about 1.5 hrs away and logistically prohibitive as far as i can tell. Does anyone know any shops in MA that have produced good results with paint?
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:53 PM   #15
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I'm sure any body shop can do it, look around your area and call them up.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:11 PM   #16
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I'm sure any body shop can do it, look around your area and call them up.
so far 0/5
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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I've been in contact with Jimmy from Wicked and he offered me a decent price. The issue is that he's in West Kingston, RI which is about 1.5 hrs away and logistically prohibitive as far as i can tell.
How long can you be without the car? Ship them to him, he paints the next day, give a day to cure, ship back. Could be back to you the same week. I'm surprised he hasn't come up with a way to have a spare set kicking around for a core, this is pretty popular job for the GR.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:20 PM   #18
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How long can you be without the car? Ship them to him, he paints the next day, give a day to cure, ship back. Could be back to you the same week. I'm surprised he hasn't come up with a way to have a spare set kicking around for a core, this is pretty popular job for the GR.
He said he plans to have a core. However, I heard from someone that it's best to have the tails on the car when you tape them off to make it perfect?
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I taped mine twice in my basement and never noticed them not lining up. This isn't complicated, they will prep fine with no car in site.
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I taped mine twice in my basement and never noticed them not lining up. This isn't complicated, they will prep fine with no car in site.
then why'd you tape them twice?
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:00 PM   #21
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First time I used Krylon stained glass paint, it faded and turned pink in short order even with a UV clear. Second time was with VHT Nightshades, that still looks great.
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If you fail to use VHT you fail at the job.
Make/Break point is right there.
You DO NOT have to tape them on the car. I didn't and mine look how Factory Tails should.
Biggest pain of the process is if you have a hatchback.
(those who have 1 know what I'm talking about) for those who own a sedan; hatch liner.

*Edit Make sure you wet-sand the area that will get paint BEFORE you spray.
Otherwise the job will look cloudy.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:36 PM   #23
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If you fail to use VHT you fail at the job.
Make/Break point is right there.
You DO NOT have to tape them on the car. I didn't and mine look how Factory Tails should.
Biggest pain of the process is if you have a hatchback.
(those who have 1 know what I'm talking about) for those who own a sedan; hatch liner.

*Edit Make sure you wet-sand the area that will get paint BEFORE you spray.
Otherwise the job will look cloudy.
hatch liner?
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:38 PM   #24
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Wow that sounds excessive, but they do look nice. How long did you have to wait between coats?

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Old 12-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #25
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hatch liner?
You have to get to the back of the lights before you can take them out of the car, the trim pieces are a proper PITA to remove, especially the ones on the hatch. Have fun.
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