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Finally did the Tails - VHT Nite Shade = good stuff!!!

Took about 9 hours and I still gotta wet sand n polish them. After gettin quoted $100 to get them professionally done I decided to do it myself. If you take your time with prepping and pay attention you'll get the same quality. Cost me about $17. I had some sand paper and tape laying around so that didn't cost me anything.

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VHT Nite Shade
Rust-oleum Clear enamel
sand paper 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 grit
Painters tape (taped the holes in the back so water didn't get in them)
Dawn soap


Before


4 light shades of nite shade and the whole can of clear (About 4 heavy coats each light)


I think they turned out pretty good. I still gotta take some 2000 grit and wet sand and polish them. There's still a tiny bit of orange peel. Ill take some of them installed when its light outside.
 
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Looks good! Not too dark, not too light, just right!
 
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Looks real good, like said above, just right, not to dark.
 
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^^x2!!

Nice and shiny too. Awesome!
 
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The tails look good. Did you just sand and clear the third brake light? Mine looks like your in the 2nd pic and in the last pic it looks brand new.
 
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That pic must have been right after clearing them...
Looks good dude, but 9 hours-
 
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Wow That's exactly how I want to do mine. Very clean looking!
 
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looks great

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That pic must have been right after clearing them...
Looks good dude, but 9 hours-
some people know that when you rush stuff, it turns out like poop
 
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looks great



some people know that when you rush stuff, it turns out like poop
I agree to a certain extent...
 
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ya how did you get your third brake light so clean and new looking
 
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This is probably a dumb question, but can't you just buy the smoke covers for the lights?

Ford Ranger 98 99 00 01 02 03 Tail Light Covers Smoked:eBay Motors (item 160347332950 end time Sep-05-09 23:04:21 PDT)

Why go through all the work of painting and everything. What is the difference? Also, why get the really expensive head lamps that only have a black background, when you can black out the whole thing with a 40 dollar cover?
 
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Originally Posted by jlstang351 View Post
That pic must have been right after clearing them...
Looks good dude, but 9 hours-
It was taken about an hour after spraying. They where dry to touch. Yeah most of the time was so the nite shade could cure before wetsanding with 1500.

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on the 3rd brake light I just wet sanded with 500 grit then 1000 grit to smooth it out.. Used some water with a tiny bit of dawn. Then if your not going to nite shade just spray some coats of clear on em. I sprayed a couple light coats of nite shade on mine in between sanding and clear.
 

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This is probably a dumb question, but can't you just buy the smoke covers for the lights?

Ford Ranger 98 99 00 01 02 03 Tail Light Covers Smoked:eBay Motors (item 160347332950 end time Sep-05-09 23:04:21 PDT)

Why go through all the work of painting and everything. What is the difference? Also, why get the really expensive head lamps that only have a black background, when you can black out the whole thing with a 40 dollar cover?
my a$$ looks better then those
 
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looks good, can we get a pic of them mounted?
 
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hey my ex girlfriend lives in pooler i used to take my miata to the track out there. u want to do my taillights for me? lol
 
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looks good, can we get a pic of them mounted?
Ill get some tomorrow when its light out.
 
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Here's some of pics them mounted




 
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nice sticker rofl
 
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They look good. Not too dark.
 
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nice sticker rofl
x2 haha

tails look good, goes nicely with the color of the truck
 
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Wow man, those look about perfect..
 
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i love how ebay auctions dont even use legit pictures.. clearly says DODGE on the tailgate...
 
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Those look great! I wish you could do mine for me. I don't think I could get them to look that good. They are the perfect shade too.
 
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