anyone try this stuff?

anyone try this stuff?

Postby markmitch [OP] » January 11th 2017, 2:05am

I wish to tint my front marker lights so they match my tail lights, just curious if this stuff is any good.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 1lowcab » January 11th 2017, 2:12am

I used that stuff on my tail lights and found it to be very light, I really didn't like it. I have used vht niteshades on other vehicles and it is a lot better.

With the rustoleum stuff I had 5 coats on and could barely tell a difference.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby markmitch [OP] » January 11th 2017, 3:33am

Thank you
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 1lowcab » January 11th 2017, 4:34am

No problem.

Heres how mine turned out using the niteshades.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby TurnNburn » January 11th 2017, 6:47pm

I also use the VHT niteshades on most of my cars. If the lenses are removed and prepped correctly and you take your time while spraying they turn out really good. More layers make it darker. I think anything past 4 layers is going to be to dark and is just asking for a ticket.

Also in my experience needs a touch up coat every 6 months or so. Im not sure if its "washing" off or oxidized or whatever, but that awesome look doesn't last forever. On a side note, if you don't like it, it can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol. Do NOT use brake clean as I have seen done before as this will discolor your lens.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 1lowcab » January 11th 2017, 7:07pm

prepped correctly and you take your time while spraying



Absolutely, prep work is everything. I removed mine, cleaned them thoroughly and wet sanded them till nice and smooth.

I top coated mine with clear coat, I've found it gives them a nice sheen and they stay nice looking a lot longer.
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Postby TurnNburn » January 11th 2017, 7:08pm

Markmitch is our resident sanding expert! Of course he found a way to sand more... You haven't had enough yet?
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby markmitch [OP] » January 11th 2017, 7:23pm

I have these tinted tail lights and on the front instead of the yellow corner parking/directional light lenses I have clear ones I bought years ago and I would like to tint them a little to match the tail lights.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 00awd » January 11th 2017, 7:39pm

I used the niteshades also, so has my brother on all 3 his vehicles. It's held up good. But like said before, it's all in the prep.
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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 12th 2017, 12:30am

When I paint my lenses I prefer to do it on a low table at night with a light in the background. This lets me see the sheen as I lay the spray. The key to a nice shiny finish is applying just the right amount of paint. Too little will create a matte finish and too much will start to drip. But you absolutely need to have it all wet and glossy at the same time across the entire surface of the lens. So you gotta be quick and generous with the spray. If any part dries the layer you're puttin down next to it will lay down just enough mist to make that great glossy part that just dried look matte. I've painted my lenses many times if you can't tell :D

The best news is any boogers can be sanded down so they are even, you don't need to sand down to the lens surface. Just even it out and even though the surface of the paint will look horribly abraded all will look fabulous again with the next topcoat.

I've sprayed up to 20 coats on lenses before to either make deep reds or amber. The sun tends to make the finish look like crap after a year or so, then I sand just enough with 600 grit to get the entire surface rough and reapply.

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Making my reds match up, prolly took at least 10 coats:

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Re: anyone try this stuff?

Postby 00awd » January 12th 2017, 1:25am

Lenses look great 97.. And that is one bad *** lookin van you have there.
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