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Old 25-07-2005   #1
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Tinting rear lights

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I want to black tint spray my rear lights(not to dark),would it be better to tint a set of nonsporting rear lights or is tinting the red ones o.k.
I`m a bit concerned as i don`t want to obscure the lights to much,
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Re: Tinting rear lights

Hey,
My bro tinted his starlet lights which were red, orange and white and they turned out fine.
If you do spray them, spray them lightly and walk away for half an hr or so, he sprayed his, thought they were'nt dark enough, only wanting a light tint like you, and did them straight away again and now they won't pass MOT over ere. He got 2 cans of spray in his pack and only used half of 1.
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Re: Tinting rear lights

Cheers oz
Thats why i was worried about tinting the red ones because they are tinted by fiat,
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Re: Tinting rear lights

To stay legal you either have to mask out the reflectors or put some stick on reflectors on the back end somewhere.
Two coats is usually sufficient but you can't really tell until you have polished it in.
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Re: Tinting rear lights

my old 106 had tinted rear lights... we're talking proper black.

lost count of the number of times i got pulled over in that car and the police said nothing
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Re: Tinting rear lights

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To stay legal you either have to mask out the reflectors or put some stick on reflectors on the back end somewhere.
Two coats is usually sufficient but you can't really tell until you have polished it in.

Stick to that and you'll be fine.

I am going for the proper black look on my lights. Going to get some relflectors from halfords tomorrow to keep it legal.
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Re: Tinting rear lights

I put two coats of tint on my Sporting (pink!) rear lights and they were too dark so I stripped it off with paint thinners and the lenses cracked. I glued tham back together and re-tinted them to cover the cracks and bought a spare set from the scrappies for when it has to be tested - then I can just swap the tints back on.

Stick the lenses in an oven at 50-60degC, give them one good light coat and leave for fifteen minutes to dry - then decide if you want to go darker. The oven treatment gives the best gloss finish ever - too cold and you will get a manky matt finish.
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Let us know how you get on adrian, I fancy tinting mine but scared of making it look really cr*p.
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Re: Tinting rear lights

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I think i might get some sx rear lights to tint then if i hate them i could always put the red ones back in,
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P.s fiat fun what colours your cinq?if it`s red it might look nice with some sporting rear lights in it?
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tinted lights can look really good when done right, so yeah i would buy another set of lights incase you did mess up
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heres mine i figured they weren't dark enough so they are now darker as within 3 hours of having them a paxo driver smashed them so had to re do one so figured why not make them darker will try and get new pics they totaly black now can't see hardly any light thou
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Re: Tinting rear lights

I sprayed mine up a while back, but they came out really dark (mainly due to me being impatient and applying layer after layer).
I had to get a spare set to use for MOT, but decided to only use the black ones for special occasions. Its to easy to get pulled with them fitted.
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I think they look great tho
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Re: Tinting rear lights

i did mine on the imola well dark as well, must of had them done over 8 months now and never been pulled over cause of them!

if u leave the reflectors then u can get them through the MOT as well


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Re: Tinting rear lights

I've tinted mine, but done the reflectors aswell...

I went to a local MOT place to check if they were ok, and the bloke said they would pass as long as I bought a stick on reflector and put it somewhere on the back of the car.

I bought a set of 4 from ebay for 2 quid.
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