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Custom Taillight Question

Posted by 2gGSXEclipse, Feb 28, 2010

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  1. 2gGSXEclipse

    2gGSXEclipse Proven Member

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    So I started my taillights this weekend. I put them in the oven and seperated the lenses from the housings. I am going to paint the inside of the lenses with VHT night shade. My question is the center taillight has a silver paint(pretty sure its used for reflection) that I am looking to get off. Tried to use paint thinner and it did nothing. Wondering if anyone has ideas of how to get this coating off the plastic.
     

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  2. bryceorbiter

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    Sand it down, thats what most people who illuminate the center tail have done to get rid of it.
     
  3. Blurred Talon

    Blurred Talon Proven Member

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    Sand it, most paint stripers will damage the plastic.

    Why are you tinting the inside?
     

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  4. 2gGSXEclipse

    2gGSXEclipse Proven Member

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    When you tint the inside it gives it this kinda Dark Cherry look to the taillights....Plus you keep the shine of the plastic since your not adding any VHT to the outside so it requires no clear,sanding or buffing. Thanks for the help guys will post up pics once done.
     

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  5. Tanro

    Tanro Proven Member

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    Sandpaper, scotch pads or a wire wheel will be your friend here.

    Nice idea doing the insides. Keeps the OEM look but still a bit different. I honestly hate all the aftermarket tail lights. They all look like crap.
     

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  6. 2gGSXEclipse

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    Got em all done today. Wet sanded and buffed outside of taill lights and they look BRAND new. Looks good overall. Will post pics this weekend when I put the lenses back in the housings and install back on to the ride
     

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  7. azdave

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    I have always used lacquer thinner to clear the center section of silver paint.
    You have to work small sections at a time and not leave it on too long or the plastic gets soft on the surface. I use lots of paper towels and don't try to go too fast.
    DSC00334.jpg

    I just buffed out a set of Talon tails this weekend to throw on CL for sale. They came out awesome.
    No clearcoat...all just buffing with 3-steps of compound.
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  8. 2gGSXEclipse

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    Heres a little sneak peak. They are ALOT darker in the picture then actually in person. They look more dark cherry when you see them.
     

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  9. RallyEclipse98

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    Write up? Those look factory fresh!
     
  10. bryceorbiter

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    Looks nice man, now i wanna kinda run that look since my car is Black. I just gotta get my rims painted black too and go for that blacked out look.
     
  11. EAG13GSX

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    here you go guys i already did mine last week i didnt take my lights apart but i think they came out pretty good for a talon!!!

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  12. azdave

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    There are a hundred sites with how-to's for cutting and buffing automotive paint. I didn't do anything special except use a quality buffer with good buffing pads and compounds.
     
  13. Blurred Talon

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    Eh, don't like em. They look a bit splotchy.
     

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  14. relicwelding

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    use diluted acetone...dont keep it on long though
     
  15. RallyEclipse98

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    You painted them right on the car?
     

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