1. Join the Community!

    DSMtuners is a massive archive of DSM information - but more importantly, it's a COMMUNITY! Join in and participate with other DSMers, and invite all of your DSM friends to make this place their home. Chat with others, create a build thread, post questions and answers. Get involved! Logging in will also remove many of the advertisements, along with this notice. ;)

2G custom tail light help

Posted by 15143226, Jan 13, 2019

Please Support Ace Race Parts
Please Support Morrison Fabrication
  1. 15143226

    15143226 Probationary Member

    3
    1
    Joined Jan 13, 2019
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    looking to re create what is in the picture and i want to get it done right so il looks decent. would painting be a good idea? maybe a cut and formed plastic peice? if i use paint i would like to avoid the bump you get when you use painters tape to mask off an area if you know what i am trying to say. any input and anvice is welcome thank you in advance.
     

    Attached Files:

    160  3

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
    ErikTande likes this.

    Featured Products from our Supporting Vendors

  2. silvreclips

    silvreclips Proven Member

    871
    63
    Joined Jul 19, 2005
    Greenville, South Carolina
    It's hard to say if it's painted or just a piece of vinyl. I would use vinyl as it would be easy to remove if you ever wanted to.

    As for paint. To avoid the lip that paint would create you would have to clear the entire tail light after you put the color down.
     
    1990TSIAWDTALON and Kryndon like this.
  3. 15143226

    15143226 Probationary Member

    3
    1
    Joined Jan 13, 2019
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    wow i didnt think of vynl. thats a good idea thanks!
     

    160  3

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  4. Techn0Nut1996

    Techn0Nut1996 Supporting Member

    107
    41
    Joined Jan 20, 2017
    Ames, Iowa
    100% would recommend vinyl, way easier to use and much quicker. Plus like post #2 states it is easily removable if you change your mind or mess up the installation. Only thing I would suggest is to check a couple brands and see which ones let the least amount of light through, cheaper vinyl can be quite thin so bleed through is possible. General rule of thumb is the thicker the vinyl the less bleed through but also harder to work with and to shape. I have experience with 3M, Oracal, and Vvivid and have been happy with them but I cannot provide any incite on how much light they let through.
     

    602  3

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
    Loading...
    15143226 likes this.
  5. 15143226

    15143226 Probationary Member

    3
    1
    Joined Jan 13, 2019
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    thank you for the insight, i ended up suing vinyl but i didnt think of this. it turned out looking pretty good except for a few tiny bubbles i couldnt remove and very very small tears that i didnt even see until i applied clear coat. you can only see the imperfections when you get your face 2 feet away from them. first time working with vinyl so i guess i will have to see about light bleed once i instal them
     

    160  3

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  6. Techn0Nut1996

    Techn0Nut1996 Supporting Member

    107
    41
    Joined Jan 20, 2017
    Ames, Iowa
    For the air bubbles, use a brand new #11 x-acto blade to gently pop the bubble and use your finger to press the air out starting from the outermost area and working your way inwards towards the hole. You just have to be careful not to cause any ripples or folds, and if it is a big bubble you have to be careful not to create a slit with the knife, you just want a small hole. Some people have success with a needle, but I have always had the best luck with an x-acto blade.
    Post some pictures of the final product, I would love to see how they turned out!
     

    602  3

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  7. import solutions

    import solutions Proven Member

    32
    15
    Joined Apr 27, 2013
    colimA, Texas
    I did a lot a times
     

    Attached Files:

    Techn0Nut1996 likes this.
  8. 15143226

    15143226 Probationary Member

    3
    1
    Joined Jan 13, 2019
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    the middle is a work in progress, i keep messing up the paint around the letters when i am removing them. i am going to try and use a small paintbrush to touch up the edges when i am done but i am not sure how smooth and profestional it will end up looking. even though there are small imperfections in the vinyl i applied i am very happy with the result it looks nice unless you are very close to it. i put about 5 coats of clear coat on it so it should be safe from the elements for a while.
     

    Attached Files:

    160  3

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  9. import solutions

    import solutions Proven Member

    32
    15
    Joined Apr 27, 2013
    colimA, Texas
    Also Mine
     
  10. import solutions

    import solutions Proven Member

    32
    15
    Joined Apr 27, 2013
    colimA, Texas
    From my spyder ,before clear Tail lights
     

    Attached Files:

  11. Clipsoe

    Clipsoe Probationary Member

    22
    1
    Joined Apr 22, 2015
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    If you're using vinyl, instead of using a razor blade, use 3M finish line knifeless tape. Will make some nice straight lines once you practice using it a few times.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/163310154862?chn=ps
     

    276  6

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
    Loading...

Share This Page

Support Vendors who Support the DSM Community
Ace Race Parts Archer Fabrication Boostin Performance ECM Tuning ExtremePSI Feal Suspension Fuel Injector Clinic Jacks Transmissions JNZ Tuning Kiggly Racing Morrison Fabrications OHM Racing RockAuto SouthBay Fuel Injectors STM Tuned VR Speed Factory White Shed Speed