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Old 07-02-2007, 01:15 PM   #1
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HELP with VHT Nite-Shades, MY TAILS CAME OUT VERY FOGGY!

I painted my tails with the VHT Nite-shade last night. They came out very foggy. I wet sanded them with 1000 grit, then I applied 3 coats but probably didn't wait long enough between coats. The humidity was about 70% when I painted and I'm wondering if that in conjunction with the lack of wait time between coats is the reason they came out very foggy.
My question is, does anyone think that wet sanding them down will remove the fog? If so, what grit do you suggest I use? I was using 1000 but I wonder if I should go less like 600 or 400? I'm assuming that I would have to keep wet sanding the coats down until the fog is removed. Has anyone else had this problem?
Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2007, 01:27 PM   #2
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You should never paint anything when its humid outside.
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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I guess I don't know as much as I thought I did. But what exactly does humidity do to the paint? It was 10% higher humidity than I'd like but I was told by someone that all humidity does is slow down drying times. I thought that didn't sound all that correct. But I'm still learning.
Immediately after painting them I ran them inside where it's not humid at all. But they still fogged up.
I'm going to wet sand them again tonight and see if I can get the fog out, then try clear coating them. I also have polishing compound to see if that will help anything, but shouldn't I wait until the clear coat is on before polishing them?
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I had the same problem when we did my brother's side indicators, I think it has something to do with the plastic not being clean or not clean enough. You might want to consider sanding them back down to the plastic, then wetsand them with a high grit and try again. I've also run into problems painting in high humidity situations....you might want to wait for the humidity to go down before trying again.
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My friends tails did that to me when I sprayed them a couple of years back. All I did was buff them out with some compound then some wax and they came out super shiney. You could try that.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:07 PM   #6
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Sweet thanks everybody. Yeah, Ska, it's been raining here quite a bit and the humidity was at 70% but I really didn't think it would affect it like that. Like I said, I'm still learning stuff. :)
I'll try wet sanding them down and if that doesn't work, I'll buff it back down to plastic. Luckily, these are a second pair that I bought so I'm not running around without tail lights!
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Rubbing alcohol will take it off and clean it. Be careful wet sanding you can scuff the lens up to much.
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Well you should have not sanded and roughed up the tails before you tinted them. You should tint them shiny, then wetsand them after you tinted them. THats what I did on mine and they look sweet.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:35 AM   #9
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Yeah, I used a really fine (1000grit) before painting. I must say I was nervous doing so. I read a couple other threads where they said to do that so I just went by that.
However, as an update to the project, I wet sanded the tails with 1000 grit, then I cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and soon as they got wet they became transparent again. I guess that also cleaned them really well. So as a test, I clear coated my third brake light since it too was foggy. That came out spectacular. So I put two thin coats of clear on the tails followed by a third heavy coat and they look awesome. I'll post some pics when I get time.
Thanks a lot for everybody's help, it's greatly appreciated.
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Post some pics so we can see how they turn out!
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