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Old 10-20-2008, 11:15 AM   #151
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I finally got to throw some niteshade on my corners over this past weekend. I'm horrible with spray paint so I figured I'd do the cheaper part to see how it came out. I love it!!! Thanks for the how to Snacky!! I'll try to put some pics up tomorrow.
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:56 PM   #152
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I did the final (5th) coat of clear on mine (with 1000-1500 light sanding in between each coat) about 30 minutes ago.

Now, i let it sit overnight, correct? And should i sand it with 2000/polish it tomorrow? Or just polish it with plastic-X?

I just want the final coat to be GLOSSSSSSSSSSSY.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:04 AM   #153
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For those of you who haven't done this and want a really nice shine, here's what i did and they turned out great.

So after two hours of waiting for the clear coat to dry nice and hard; without touching the lights with my hands. I sprayed them with water and hit it with 1000 grit; so that the entire surface had an even amount of "blur", so there were no little canyons. There is just a very smooth surface, no shininess, but a smooth and EVEN surface (you don't want there to be little spots of shine/aka; orange peel).

Then i did a nice amount of 1500 for a solid 20 strokes for each section of the tail (or signal, depending on what you're doing). Then i repeated that step with 2000 grit just so it would be a nice fine surface (you could probably hit it with 2500 or 3000 and it would be better than stock IMO). Make sure you're sanding very lightly with all grits of sandpaper. Especially with the finals sandpapering, as this will be the part that get's polished; and will show if you pushed down really hard onto the lights.

After that, i took a meguires pad (the yellow ones that come with the little meguires kit, you can use any "polishing pad" or "polishing cloth") and hit the lights with some plastic-X (plastic polish; any kind of plastic polish probably works) and just did small little clockwise circles all around it (i worked from the right side to left side) for about two minutes for each tail, and however much time for the smaller lights. After i did all of them and whipped them off with a microfiber towel, i took the meguires pad/polish and repeated the steps one more time. This gave it a much shinier surface. You could probably do it a third time and REALLY see how it shines (which is what i did and they were like stock shine!).

After that, i hit them with some nxt wax (again, you can use whatever wax or polish you like) and again, polished them in little circles for about 30 seconds this time, and proceeded to wipe them off with a microfiber towel. They should have been shiny before, and now they should reflect like a black or red mirror.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:24 PM   #154
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awesome, throw up some pics of the final outcome!
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awesome, throw up some pics of the final outcome!
Sure! Here ya go.

Just another side note. I've found that polishing for about one full polish all the way around the light, wiping it off and then polishing again (repeat this three times) will get you AMAZING results.







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nice job! When I did my tails I used the the polish from a headlight restoration kit. It's nice because it comes with a sponge adaptor (sp?) to polish them up. You don't need too much polish. Not to nit pick, but any reasn why you didn't leave the reverse light clear? And make sure you get some LED bulbs so they shine through and no tickets!
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LED lights are not actually brighter in the focus break light housing, don't waist your money.
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Yeah, that's what i heard focizx4st. And as for why i blacked out the reverse....well i wanted blackouts, not partial blackouts ;). Haha! It still shines through ok, if i feel like it's not bright enough, i'll just take some nail polish remover and make it brighter.
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I've said it before and I will say it again, I strong advise against waxing anything you have painted for 90 days.
Also, after any coat of paint, follow the paint manufacturer's timeline to make sure you a re-coating in the proper window of time, and that you let the paint harden (usually refered to as ready to handle) before you do any sanding. 1500 grit is fine, but for the highest grade of shine don't be scared to work with some 2000 grit or greater paper.
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should i remove the masking from the reverse light and put the clear over that part of the light as well so their is a consistent surface?
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