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Old 06-24-2013, 03:49 PM   #926
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idk my nightshades has held up nicely, it was just applied over poorly sanded krylon and all bumpy..idk overlays or leave them alone I guess.

cheaping out here could potentially cost me $500 if you include all the repainting, not $9 lol

oh well, when you modify cars, **** happens
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:05 PM   #927
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well this is either a stroke of luck or just digging the hole deeper lol

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-SUBURU-...p2047675.l2557
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:10 PM   #928
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What was it? It says the item ended.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:14 PM   #929
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its a driver's side impreza outback tail with a hole in the bottom for $33 shipped




I figure I can seal it up or worst case use the lens on mine. And I won't feel bad about painting it lol

if it works out make I can do a DIY for painting the inside of the light with my cracked one
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:16 PM   #930
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Oh, well good luck if you're going to paint it. And good luck sourcing the inner lights... it's tough finding a junk yard who will let them go without paying for the whole hatch.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:19 PM   #931
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How do you plan on using the lens on yours? This stuff is sonic-welded I thought?
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:25 PM   #932
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that's a last resort, but I would imagine there would be dremeling involved. I think I can probably seal up that hole though. if it still looks like crap I may just black them out, which I hate but it beats spending $300-$400 on all new unpainted lights
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #933
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^ smart man, dsn112. Vinyl is the way to go.

Celery... I feel your pain. But sadly I don't think Nightshades really cuts the mustard, even if you do apply it "properly". I did the same thing as you, only with Metalcast. The problem is that the paint boogers-up and gets under the edges of the plastic light cover, so when you remove it the light is screwed, no matter what.

I hope this whole page serves as an intervention for those who want to cheap out and paint their lights. I did, and I paid the price. Sucks but true.
I didn't have any issues applying VHT. I simply followed the directions and didn't get in a hurry. I used the current method for coats of paint and clear. Then I followed up with some wet sanding. I taped off the edges as well. I've also run 1/4" black pinstriping around the edges of the lenses to give the lenses a little more depth. They seem to be holding up well after 3 months.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #934
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yeah actually it goes on really nicely when the surface is smooth..lol

I'm doing it right now

here's 3 coats on the cracked lens...almost looks acceptable...lol


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Old 06-24-2013, 04:59 PM   #935
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I will say this, after seeing, easily, 30 hatchbacks with their tails red yesterday at the Subaru Summer Solstice gathering, I didn't see ONE painted tail light that looked good. Not one!
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #936
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What colors would you guys say that the stock tails look good on? I'm still trying to decide if I want mine to have bluebat's overlays. I dislike the chrome but I also don't want too much red in the rear.
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lol

that's good to hear

I think they look good in pics so everyone just does it based on that

upon closer inspection of the cracked lens it really looks horrifying so I guess I'm glad I ordered another...hopefully I can seal it well, I would imagine I can with all the people baking their headlights and resealing them
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Room temperature vulcanizing silicone might be your best bet. Good luck man.
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here is my temporary solution until the new light gets here




the nightshades bottle recommends using clear lacquer, it seems to dull the finish bit but the color looks ok. now to try to get the paint off the other lights without ruining them lol
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #941
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I've used Goo Off and that's worked well for me in the past.
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I will say this, after seeing, easily, 30 hatchbacks with their tails red yesterday at the Subaru Summer Solstice gathering, I didn't see ONE painted tail light that looked good. Not one!
You haven't seen mine! Mine came out amazing using duplicolor metal cast. If you didn't know they where painted you would never know. I've had mine for a year no issues. I do however work at a body shop and I used our standox clear coat we use on cars.

So just an idea for people you could paint yourself with the paint and have a local shop clear them. Automotive clear is why better than in a can.







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Old 06-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #943
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I've used Goo Off and that's worked well for me in the past.
the 3m stuff worked fine for me before, they either made it stronger or there is more than one type
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thildwrx - Your tails do look amazing. Also, you kinda cheated since you have professional experience! That's one thing I lack, I'm a banker dammit not a body shop pro!

And you're right, the automotive clearcoat is much better than the stuff you get from O'Reilly or Pep Boys. I really think the clearcoat quality is 90% of how well these things hold up.
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thildwrx - Your tails do look amazing. Also, you kinda cheated since you have professional experience! That's one thing I lack, I'm a banker dammit not a body shop pro!

And you're right, the automotive clearcoat is much better than the stuff you get from O'Reilly or Pep Boys. I really think the clearcoat quality is 90% of how well these things hold up.
Thank you. I really took my time masking and prepping. Sanded with 800 grit and took my time spraying. And you are 100% correct on the clear coat being what will make it last because that's your UV protectant.
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I realized through all this, that I don't have the:

- skill
- materials
- painting environment

to do it properly. No matter how good I could prep and spray, and clear, my garage always has little dust bits that would land on the paint / clear.

I would implore anyone considering this method of modding their tails to ask themselves if they are confident on those three points.
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These were what mine looked like when I had them painted. Not bad in pics, but to the perfectionist's eye, they sucked.

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I realized through all this, that I don't have the:

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- painting environment

to do it properly. No matter how good I could prep and spray, and clear, my garage always has little dust bits that would land on the paint / clear.

I would implore anyone considering this method of modding their tails to ask themselves if they are confident on those three points.
yeah always get little bits of debris in my paint :/
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:22 AM   #949
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I realized through all this, that I don't have the:

- skill
- materials
- painting environment

to do it properly. No matter how good I could prep and spray, and clear, my garage always has little dust bits that would land on the paint / clear.

I would implore anyone considering this method of modding their tails to ask themselves if they are confident on those three points.
You, Sir, are the reason I didn't do this on my hatch. I did not have all the criteria and decided to live with it. I truly respect anyone for even trying this. Plasti-dipping my grill was nerve racking enough and this seems far less forgiving. I respect the skills of the guys/gals that have gotten it right though.
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Painting these things is terribly easy at home. As with any painting, it's all in the prep. Remove the lenses, wash them, tape them off, and wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.Make sure the ambient temps are 60 to 90 degrees and it's not excessively dirty. Paint in a low dust area. Paint the lenses on a clean table, not near a floor or outside.

Spray the lenses with three very light coats of VHT followed by a thicker coat. Let each coat dry about 10 minutes. Once you've achieved the color you want, let the VHT dry for at least an hour then apply an acrylic lacquer clear. As with the paint, you start with very light coats and work your way up. It takes multiple coats of clear to build the layer up to achieve an adequate smoothness, depth, and protection. I'm talking at least 6 coats. Let the clear dry at least 2 days, then lightly wet sand, polish, and wax. You can drive around with the lenses installed while the clear and paint fully setup.

I certainly agree that applying an automotive HVLP applied clear will result in a better finish, but I'd debate the level of protection assuming you apply the clear in numerous coats with a spray can. HVLP applied clear will lay down thicker and smoother. Fading should not be an issue assuming you've applied the clear correctly.
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