How-To: Tint Your Headlights - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Interior, Exterior, & Electrical How-To & DIY articles pertaining to the 'Interior, Exterior, & Electrical' in this sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-31-2010
Level III Supporter
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 24,936
How-To: Tint Your Headlights

How-To author: Korey89

Original thread: https://www.ranger-forums.com/f59/ho...dlights-97105/


Let the modding Begin!!

_________________________





Here is how to tint your headlights the right way.

First step was going to Rvinyl and ordering their headlight tint kit. For this installation I used "light smoke" film since I wanted a subtle look, but they also offer a "dark smoke", a blue, yellow, and a clear protection film. All come in the same precut pieces as the ones in this tutorial, they also have the kit for the different year trucks too. Here is a link to all their products for our trucks ranger .


Now for the installation all you need is the products from Rvinyl that are shown in the tutorial, and a heatgun (hairdryer will work) and a fresh razor blade maybe.


Name:  01.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  31.0 KB
First thing we need is the film itself.

Name:  02.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  33.1 KB
Here is what it looks like, everything is precut and ready to go. You can't tell in the picture but the holes for the little alignment nipples on the headlights are also cut out, the pieces just haven't been removed.

Name:  03.jpg
Views: 18
Size:  29.0 KB
Supplies you need from Rvinyl. Squeegee with friction sleeve, Rapid Tac, and Rapid Clear.

Name:  04.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  52.7 KB
Now that we have everything we need put the truck somewhere so that where you are working is in the shade, it makes it a little easier since the Rapid Tac wont evaporate as quickly if you work slow.

Name:  05.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  27.3 KB
Now we need to clean the lights, the Rapid Tac works good for that.

Name:  06.jpg
Views: 14
Size:  40.4 KB
Spray it on your lights.

Name:  07.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  33.9 KB
Wipe it off.

Name:  07.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  33.9 KB
Now make sure you start with your foglights as they are the easiest to do. First thing you need to do is spray them with more Rapid Tac.

Name:  09.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  35.6 KB
Peel off the fog light film.


Spray the sticky side with Rapid Tac.

Name:  11.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  37.4 KB
Now put it on and get in centered.

Name:  12.jpg
Views: 19
Size:  32.1 KB
Spray more Rapid Tac on the outside of it.

Name:  13.jpg
Views: 19
Size:  33.3 KB
Now squeegee out the bubbles working from the center out.

Name:  14.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  38.2 KB
Since the glass is convex in shape, the film will not want to be flat on it. There will be some little bubbles on the edges. Take your heat gun and carefully heat them and then work them with the squeegee, working out. The heat gun will shrink the film and it will get nice and tight and bubble free.

Name:  15.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  43.9 KB
Next do the corners, also begin by spraying them with Rapid Tac.


Peel off the correct piece of film and spray it with Rapid Tac.


Stick it on the corner and then get it lined up correctly. Spray more Rapid Tac on it.

Name:  18.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  36.9 KB
Squeegee the bubbles out and then use the heatgun to get the final bubbles out. This one is a little harder since its a little bigger and more complex in shape with more of a curve. You will see the film possibly want to wrinkle when you are squeegeeing it. DO NOT LET IT GET A WRINKLE! If it gets one, it won't fully go away even if you pull it apart. That piece of film will be ruined or you will have to live with it.

Name:  19.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  48.4 KB
Corner done.

Name:  20.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  50.2 KB
Next we will do the headlight. Spray it with Rapid Tac.

Name:  21.jpg
Views: 17
Size:  49.3 KB
Peel off the headlight film and spray it too. You can see the nipples are cut out already in this picture.

Name:  22.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  49.6 KB
Position it and spray on more Rapid Tac.

Name:  23.jpg
Views: 14
Size:  38.1 KB
Squeegee it and then use the heat gun.

Name:  24.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  47.2 KB
One side is done, now repeat on the other side!

Name:  25.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  35.9 KB
Now the film won't be as shiny as you would like, so its time to use the Rapid Clear.

Name:  26.jpg
Views: 16
Size:  51.4 KB
Spray it on, let it sit for 30 seconds and then wipe it off. The headlights will look really shiny and great!

Name:  27.jpg
Views: 14
Size:  60.2 KB
Both sides done.

Name:  28.jpg
Views: 14
Size:  16.4 KB
Since the film is smoked, the output color will be changed just a tiny bit. It really isn't even noticeable to the eye but the camera shows it more then you can see. In the picture both of the lights on the drivers side have the film. Actual light output didn't appear to be affected.

Name:  29.jpg
Views: 12
Size:  7.9 KB
One more picture head on. The drivers side is the one with the film in this picture.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 07.jpg (33.9 KB, 7 views)

Last edited by 98liftedranger; 11-27-2011 at 10:26 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do it your self tint... thef9est1 General Ford Ranger Discussion 21 04-11-2012 07:31 PM
Tint or not to tint russiankid Exterior Semi-Tech 11 01-14-2012 04:47 PM
tint tails with the tint spray WHAT DID I DO WRONG?? joshtank Exterior Semi-Tech 1 08-30-2009 08:11 PM
Tint... Upgrading my tint Job need opinions and adivce. FMD Interior Semi-Tech 4 07-06-2007 01:38 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:23 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.