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Hey everyone, I was just curious as to what is the best way to Shadow my tail lights? As in what materials are used? I looked for a DIY on

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I was just curious as to what is the best way to Shadow my tail lights? As in what materials are used? I looked for a DIY on this, maybe I just overlooked it.

Also, I was thinking about shadowing just the red section pretty dark only leaving the reverse lights exposed. I photoshopped the idea onto a picture of my car. I haven't decided yet, Has anyone done their tail lights this way?
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I'm getting mine done with a mix of black paint and clear coat. At least that's what the guy told me. I've seen his work before, and it looks really good.
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Ok so you're saying paint it black, then a clear coat for protection?
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Ok so you're saying paint it black, then a clear coat for protection?
No, from what I understand the painter mixes it and sprays it on. It looks good. I wish I had pics, but he's got my lights right now.
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This guy got the same thing done to his lights.



The painter I know is a professional autobody painter and does a lot of custom work on rods and rebuilds.
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Ok, I will try to find someone like that in my area, Thanks!

Also I found this DYI, not sure how good it would turn out though. HOW TO: Black out your tail lights - Zr2USA.com
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I had a local business do my tails and they sprayed them black with clear coat and they came out outstanding!
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the VHT night shades works well supposedly
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I had a local business do my tails and they sprayed them black with clear coat and they came out outstanding!

Those do look really good! So probably I just need to find a good paint and body shop?
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Those do look really good! So probably I just need to find a good paint and body shop?
I would ask around and see if anyone has done it before. If you find a guy in a shop that has done several, ask to see samples or pics.
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I have tint coming from bluebatmobile that's going to tint only the red but leave the reverse lights clear, I'll be sure to post how it goes. If it does not go smooth this time I'm just gonna have them painted.
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This is kind of sloppy, but I just threw it together quickly. Wanted to see what it would look like on my Z and I must say, I think it'll be sweet as hell!

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I agree with that. I used Vht nightshades with my previous cars, and for me it works great.
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Oooh, I checked out the nightshade. It's tempting to buy that and have my friend(mechanic) help me do it myself. The only problem is when it comes time to tape off the reverse section, it kind of bulges up, seems like it might be a real pain in the *** to get it perfect.

I'll check with a shop first, but if it's going to be ridiculous as far as price, I'll do it myself!

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