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Old 05-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #51
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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.

Love your work =)

I've got 2 quick questions,

Can I just mask the lights off or is removeal needed?

And have much of Nite shade did you use for the tail lights? 1-2canns? =)

I wanna do my tail lights, reflectors and wing mirrors =)

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Old 05-29-2013, 02:03 AM   #52
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How many coats did you use?
That was three
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #53
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That was three
Wow, 3? I just did mine two days ago and I used two coats and they are darker than his. Anyway, tails looking good man!

BTW, people, please don't quote the OP. It makes the pages long and it's something we've already had to scroll through.

Thanks! :D
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:34 PM   #54
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Wow, 3? I just did mine two days ago and I used two coats and they are darker than his. Anyway, tails looking good man!

BTW, people, please don't quote the OP. It makes the pages long and it's something we've already had to scroll through.

Thanks! :D
Thanks for the complement. Yea the coats seem to produce pretty variable results. I guess people do different things, really lay it on before letting it dry or standing farther away. Then there is the camera and lighting issues too i guess. Either way though, thanks.
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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.

looks great........not too dark...
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very nice!
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So I took the plunge today ... I did everything by the book but I have some spotting on mine. Any recommendations? Solutions? Should I just acetone/gasoline this and give it another try? Thanks!

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Nvm. I just learned that my tail lights are a perfect example of this gone bad lol looks like I'll be taking it off and going for attempt #2 tomorrow
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let us know how it turns out. what did you think you did wrong? is it easy to remove?
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let us know how it turns out. what did you think you did wrong? is it easy to remove?

A few things actually...

1. I don't think I was thorough enough on the sanding part. I noticed that the spotting only happened on areas that I was afraid to be aggressive on. (This was mainly along the many contour lines)

2. Too many coats.

3. Inexperience (spray painting). I admit it. So what? Trial + error baby.

It's going to be a bitch to take it off from what I've read ... Going to use some gasoline and goof off. It's only been 1 day so I'm hoping that make it easier.

The new plan is to strip - resand - and take it one even coat at a time.
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