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Old 09-15-2012, 04:56 AM   #1
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How to: Tail light tint

NOTE: Following was done on a Euro 2011 Ford Focus Hatch MK3

**If you find that you tinted too much, you can reduce the tint by rubbing away with rubbing compound. This will slowly take off tint until you are happy!**

I used the following products:

Basic tools
1500 grit wet/dry sand paper
Paint thinner
Wax and grease remover
VHT Nite shades
Acrylic lacquer clear coat
Meguiar's ultimate compound

1a.) Remove tail lights, there are 2 wing nuts and a clip that have to be undone. The wing nuts are located here:

And they look like this:

Once the wingnuts are removed, pull the tail light sideways off the car, and the clip should come out. Look at the following picture and take note at where the clip is. Circles are the wingnut bolts, and the square is the clip.

1b.) Remove hatch light

Just unscrew the two screws indicated, and disconnect the wires at the back.

1c.) Remove the 2 lower rear reflectors. They are held in by clips which go though the rear bumper. Just stick your head under the car and use pliers to undo the clips.

2.) Wet sand the tail light with 1500 grit

3.) Wash off the debris with paint thinner and a cloth. Rub down the tail light firmly after, as it can leave a film.

4.) Apply wax and grease remover as the final prep, careful not to touch or move the tail light after this step.

5.) Apply VHT Nite shades and clear coat. I used quick fanning motions with the VHT nite shades and the clear coat. I used 3 coats of nite shades and 4 coats of clear.

6.) After spray let cure for at least 12 hours, 24 is best. Buff with rubbing compound until smooth and shiny.

Before rubbing compound:

After rubbing compound: (had to use the car, so cut the buffing process short, i'll finish it up later)

7.) Reattach lights. (Looks darker than it is, car was in a shadow.)

8.) Rubbing compound more once attached, you can really put your back into it when the lights are on the car. I also used a synthetic polish to give it a bit more shiny. This is the end product. I'm quite happy with it.

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