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Niteshade the tails and 3rd brakelight 6 37.50%
Nightshade tails, 3rd brakelight, and clearance lights(lightly) 6 37.50%
Leave it be 4 25.00%
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Niteshade my tails? Yay or nay

Well, I cant decide if I want to niteshade or not.

Here's the truck as it sits.. well, this pic was from 2 weeks ago after I detailed it. BUT, that's not relevant lol.

It should be noted:
  • I am NOT blacking the truck out. I like the chrome trim it has, and I plan on keeping it.
  • When I buy wheels for it, it will be getting chrome wheels as well.
  • I have not seen a pair of aftermarket taillights for this body style that I liked, hence why I'm considering niteshade. Just to clean them up a little. Their finish is sort of flat red now anyways.
  • I am not going with clear or smoked headlights/corners on the front. I think the stock lights on these look the cleanest, and I just love they way they look compared to clears.
  • I may or may not put a few coats on the clearance lights, and paint their bases black to allow them to look "cleaner" in the daylight, but look about the same in the dark.
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Here are some taillights another OBS guy niteshaded. I would probably niteshade the whole taillight like this, because I plan to add some REAL back-up lights to the truck anyhow.
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And for S&G, here is a pic I found of a truck like mine, with bigger tires. I love the look. Mine will look something like this one of these days :) I plan on keeping this same STYLE of wheel, however, I plan to find a 16x8 with a chrome finish. And a toolbox sometime soon :)
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I say go for it! Dont forget to clear them.
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Yes, they will definitely get clearcoated as well.
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tint them maroon
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NO! god i hate tinted tailights.
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Yes!
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I say just two light coats to darken them up and the same with the 3rd brake light. For the clearance lights I would go with clears and then nightshade. I think nightshade on amber lights look like poo.
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definitely nightshade the tails and 3rd brakelight I think it would look real good with the truck. I would tape up the reverse lights though, I think it would look alot cleaner leaving it unpainted.
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And for the clearance lights I think they look great the way they are. nightshading them wouldn't look good IMO.
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Korey says no... that is an automatic yes to any question.

DO IT! And don't mask off the reverse lights.
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i say tint them. Just like 2 light coats for that 'smoked' effect. Dont black em out. Right now they stick out like a sore thumb.
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1-2 light coats then clear coat them several coats.

something else maybe to try is just cleaning them up and clear coating them, that will give them the nice gloss finish
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Thanks for the input guys.

I was leaning towards 2-3 coats of niteshade with a couple coats of clearcoat after that. I think thats the route I'm going to go. I considered just clearcoating them as-is, but I think just a slightly darker shade of Niteshade would look good.

As for the clearance lights, clear ones are IMPOSSIBLE to find. APC no longer makes them, and I would be lucky to find some. I plan to leave them as is, though I'm going to paint the plastic bases black.

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yay says I
just the brakes and 3rd brake
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2 coats! and clear.

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aka perfect. It'll take some of the brightness off of the tails.
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