View Full Version : Smoked tail lights

10-09-2008, 03:50 AM
okay so i got a hold of a can of nite shade which is used for smoking tail lights "duh" lol so here are some before and afters and i dont paint worth a shit i'm still learning so if they have any noticeable runs or anything thats me not the paint

the can of paint

on the car

before i painted it


lights installed on the car

turn signal

10-09-2008, 04:00 AM
Looks good! I might have to get me a can of that stuff.

10-09-2008, 04:04 AM
lol also like my spoiler its a stock honda accord spoiler on top of my stock celica spoiler

10-09-2008, 05:45 AM
Wet sand it and clear coat it if you want it to last, nite shades will turn this flat looking color after a while. A week after you can wet sand using 2000 grit and polish the clear coat to have that mirror finish.

10-09-2008, 10:28 AM
I sprayed Chaos' lights about 5 years ago with VHT. I didn't clear them.

Yeah, it fades over time. They are still smoked, but it is more of a flat, subdued smoked now. I am not sure I care for it much.

10-09-2008, 11:33 AM
i like it lol not many people have smoked lights out here it's not common which is totally why i did it lol

10-09-2008, 05:32 PM
I know of three members off the top of my head that have smoked lights, so you'd make four.

10-10-2008, 02:43 AM
aww shit man only 4 outa how many people on here i would figure more myself

10-10-2008, 02:54 AM
yeahh i did mine in the summer time...only did a couple light coats turned out good but defiently can go darker...ill prolly redo them next summer

10-10-2008, 04:14 AM
I did a couple of light passes on my roomie's Kia when I did mine, it gave it a real nice subdued look over the clear red tails. It still looks good now. I went a lot thicker on Chaos, that is why it faded so bad.

10-10-2008, 04:28 AM
I did three coats of VHT, and then two coats of clear, with sanding between coats, I ended up with a nice even flat finish. If I take some 3M polishing grit compound and a Mothers power ball to it, it should shine right up.

10-10-2008, 10:48 AM
nice well i'm going to give them a week get 2000grit paper and which clear coat should i go with what would be best to go with ?

10-10-2008, 10:52 AM
I did 2 coats on the AT. I'm still happy with the results and it's been almost 2 years.

10-11-2008, 02:37 AM
Mine were smoked when I bought the car, not a fan of it anymore. They have faded too much.

10-11-2008, 03:01 AM
nice well i'm going to give them a week get 2000grit paper and which clear coat should i go with what would be best to go with ?

I have used plasti-kote, krylon and I think I have used duplicolor too. Most auto stores should have it. The key is too use light coats at the appropriate distance. You don't want to make the paint run. The clear might not look glossy or perfect now but that's just one of the things that comes with using a rattle can. Wait a week or 2 then wet sand it with 2000 grit or higher then using a rubbing compound to buff it to a nice glossy finish. I use 3m rubbing compound.

10-11-2008, 10:39 AM
3m rubbing compound is that shit expensive?

10-11-2008, 08:27 PM
It's like $5-10 bucks at most stores http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002NUNB6/103-4451168-3459847?SubscriptionId=1NP56Y8QKPN1AZERGY02

Check out the tutorial http://www.scionlife.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=3244820

This guy used a buffer, you can do it by hand with a microfiber cloth or a pad. Get ready for some sore arms though.

10-12-2008, 09:21 AM
thats pretty good looking i've got a buffer i'm going to do that