Originally Posted by PowerstrokeR00
Can someone make a pretty detailed right-up on each step it takes to tint your tail lights/3brake light yourself?I really want to tint mine but dont want to screw up.
This is the process I used to do my side markers on my Trans Am. One of the members over on LS1Tech did this write up. Keep in mind all this is for a Trans Am so amount needed may be different for the truck.
Time: 1-2 hours application. (A lot of downtime waiting for it to dry.) + 6 Hours for final dry.
(2) Cans VHT Nite-Shade (summit racing)
** Note: 2 Cans are recommended so that you dont run out in mid project, however you may not need the 2nd can, the amount used varys per application. In situation, I used both to the last drop. I'd say play it safe for the extra $10. **
(1) 3m Scuff Pad (advance auto)
(1) Can Clear Coat (BIG_MIKE Suggests Duplicolor Truck/SUV Clear Coat, the generic crap I used started to fade in about a year, so apply generous coats and use quality stuff! Let me know if you've used anything you'd recommend for long lasting shine.) ... lol I sounded like a bad infomercial.
(1) Windex / Similar Product
(1) Microfiber (recommended but not mandatory)
1) Remove parts to be blacked out.
2) Clean all parts with windex and microfiber.
3) Scuff with 3M Scuff pad to prep surface.
4) Wipe excess dust with microfiber.
5) Place 2-piece items side by side, (ie taillights, passenger side corners... etc.)
6) Spray even short bursts across both items as if they were one item to ensure even coating.
7) Wait until the Nite Shades becomes tacky and repeat until desired darkness is reached ( I used about 6, but coat thickness varies, so dont use that as a gauge.)
8) Upon completion of Nite Shades wait about 30 minutes for it to semi-dry, then begin to apply clear coat spray. *Note: When I applied the first coat, I lost most gloss of the nite shades, dont be discouraged, wait til tacky and apply again, repeat until shine is restored.*
9) Wait roughly 6 hours before putting parts back in their original place on vehicle.