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Old 02-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #1
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so by now i am sure you all have seen the new thing... black out lights. i have this on my SVT and yea it looks great. but what alot of people don't know you don't have to do it only in black you can do it in the color of your car..... now you can order what is known as night shade off e-bay for 5-20$ depending on who you get it from but i prefer to use actual car paint and clear so this is what you are going to need.....


Paint: color of choice "i used black" 1pt, and clear 1qt, reducer and activator for the type of paint you use. "i used PPG... only use the same paint as the clear"
Sand Paper: 1000-1500 grit.
Block: i use a soft block arable at local car paint stores.
Tools: 10mm ratchet, paint gun 1.3 tip, air compressor 10 gal tank.
Water: tap, hose, bottle what ever you have.lol
Soap: dish soap.

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Total job with light removal.
Tail Light: 5-6 hours.
Head Light: 5-7 hours. "depending on knowledge of removal"
Side Markers: 2-3 1/2 hours.

First thing you are going to do it remove or R/I lights. Tail lights have two 10mm nuts behind the light a two philips screws.
make sure you bag or place all hard where in a place you are not going to lose it.

While removing the light be careful not to pull to hard as the corners will brake very easy.
Pull bulbs out of back of light, if doing the head light make sure not to touch the bulb cause it can cause it to burn out.

Take the light to your water source and wash all dirt off it it using dish soap as it has a degreaser agent in it. after a good washing take you sand paper and wrap it around you block to have a good grip on it.

sand the light until it is flat colored. wash off using regular water no soap. let air dry till all of the light is dry. you don't want water to get in your paint.

while you light are drying go mix the paint.
take the clear and place it in a mixing cup "ask for it at the paint store it is usually free also ask for a paint strainer" poor the clear in the mixing cup using the mixing ratio on the can of pain usually 4.1.1"4 parts paint, 1 part reducer, 1 part hardener" mix to the 3 line... take you black and place a few drops in the mixed paint. till clear turns dark or to color.

your paint is now ready to go.

place you lights in a good clean place. if in a garage clean the floor very well and to not get and dirt in the paint. take some water and wet the floor down to keep dust out of the air.

place lights on a cardboard box or a stand you can get paint on...
fire up the compressor and allow to air up. hook you pain gun up to it and set the air pressure at 10 to 20psi depending on your compressor.

poor mixed pain in gun and do a light pass. don't spray out to much go light!!!!! let it flash for 30 min, after time passed go back and lay down a thick coat let that set up for 30 min, after that last pass you should notice a color change. apply as many time to reach tint of desire.

after done place light in a safe place to let the paint set up make sure not to touch pain or you will have to start all over again.lol
after a few hours check lights touch a place that has paint but will be covered after install is finished. if it is sticky allow more dry time. if you live in a cold place put them in a heated area but don't use a heat lamp or gun to speed dry time as it can mess the paint or even warp your lights.
after lights are dry. if you live down in the south place in a place with good sun light it will bake the paint on much faster.

after you are all done reinstall lights and admire you handy work and a job well done.
drive around town and show off that cool look that everyone wants..lol

i know that most of you are probably not going to do it this way but if you do it will last longer and look better in my opinion. the total cost of this job depends on what tools you have but if you are starting from scratch go out get a pain gun at wallmart or northern tools or some other cheap tool store same with other tools. after you have all the tools you can charge others to do theirs and make alot of spare money.lol


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interesting idea to use regular paint instead of night-shade...have pics?
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i do.

tail lights
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corner lights
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i will post better ones tomorrow when i have some light to take pictures.

FYI i have yet to do my head lights but will soon.
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