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Old 05-29-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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Legal HID's & Headlight/Tailight Tinting

Hey guys, I just got my Focus tinted and it looks great. Now, I want to improve the appearance a bit of the headlights, taillights and eventually wheels to better blend in with the black color and tints.



I want to give a slight tint to the headlights to make them look something like this (I'm PM'ed BradWhite as he has done to his headlights what I would like to do to mine):





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I would like to also slightly tint the taillights, but not much, I still want them to be easily visible during the day unlike some other cars I have seen with blacked out lights. Finally, I want to install some HID headlights. I'm not worrying about HID foglights for now. I want legal HID's, so this means I have to replace more than just the bulb. So any recommendations as to where I could find a kit?

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Old 05-29-2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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Dude man, my friend and I tinted my tail's on my hatchback pretty dark and it's still plenty visible! Don't worry about the visibility issues because there really aren't any as long as you use "nightshades" Just be sure to shake it well and also clean out the nozzle every couple of minutes. Also clean your tail's VERY WELL! it will prevent the shader from "fish eying"
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:57 AM   #3
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I was looking more at tinting rather than spray painting. I don't really like the look of totally blacked out lights, I just want my taillights to better blend with the black of my car but not totally blacked out.

Thanks for the suggestion though! :)
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night shade is the way to go on your tail lights. Anything else and you wont be able to see it and will get a ticket worth ~$100. As far as HID's go, you could retrofit projectors in those headlights (dont think ive seen that done yet?). Or get the aftermarket headlights, retrofit HID Projectors from its halogen projectors and then get the HID kit.

http://www.kgsengineering.com/produc...ducts_id=13523 you can probably get them cheaper somewhere else.

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You dont have to black out the tail lights, you can add a light layer of night shade to them and it wont look blacked out, its when you add a lot of coats that it will look really dark.
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Can't I just add a light tint to the taillights? I can't see why they wouldn't be visible.

Also, I found these HID's, says they're legal:

http://www.carhidkits.com/ford-76/fo...ights-340.html
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Those are the same headlights. There are a lot of people on Ebay selling "Legal" hid lights that are actually just retrofitted with an hid kit and with the projectors that come with them, which are designed for halogen lights. There will be a lot of glare to oncoming traffic still because the light reflects different with xenon gas.

I dont recommend tinting your tail lights at all. It does decreased the visibility of them and you will get pulled over. Night Shade is a "translucent black" and hardly changes the visibility of the light output or the color. I think most if not all states have laws that tint cannot be used on tail lights. Night Shade is still not legal but ive had countless cops behind me and have never pulled me over, even with my illegal window tint and modified exhaust. That would be a big ticket!
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Where did you get the picture of the smoked headlights? Is that's film or nightshade? I just got the black grill and I was looking to do something about the lights now.
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Where did you get the picture of the smoked headlights? Is that's film or nightshade? I just got the black grill and I was looking to do something about the lights now.
Me too. Looking at buying the coupe's black headlights but cannot find the taillights.

Nervous about using nightshade too. I just want a slight tint to them. Just enough to cover up the ugly chrome inside the taillight.
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I already tinted my taillights with the film style tint. It worked out well and looks nice you just have to take your time while your applying the film. I was gonna look into the coupe headlights but I know it's gonna be hard to find them cheap. So I've been looking for and alternative route. I'm don't really want to crack them and paint them so now I'm looking into just smoking them to cover up the chrome.
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night shade is the way to go on your tail lights. Anything else and you wont be able to see it and will get a ticket worth ~$100. As far as HID's go, you could retrofit projectors in those headlights (dont think ive seen that done yet?). Or get the aftermarket headlights, retrofit HID Projectors from its halogen projectors and then get the HID kit.

http://www.kgsengineering.com/produc...ducts_id=13523 you can probably get them cheaper somewhere else.

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You dont have to black out the tail lights, you can add a light layer of night shade to them and it wont look blacked out, its when you add a lot of coats that it will look really dark.
not true a tint shop tinted my tails and the lights are beyond visible during day and night and look great still too.
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