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Recently tinted my tail lights. They look dark during the day when they are not lit, but are very visable when the lights are on. I Clear coated, sanded and rebuffed to get a nice finish. let me know what you think.



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Modified by S60 t5er at 5:07 PM 4-21-2006
 

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its not that i didn't like the stock lights, I just think this looks better. I don't think it rice at all and I am not going for that look. However, if you like the look but think its rice... well maybe you are the one who like rice looks.
 

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Re: (myVolvoS60T5)

Looks great! I was thinking of doing that with the evolve tail light covers. What kind of paint/tint spray did you use? The only stuff I've found is the stuff from Summit. By the way, smoked tails are not rice, its those damn altezza tails that are. Thank god the're not available on s60's cause you KNOW someone would do it.
 

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I did it myself using pactra window tint http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/pac/pacrc294.htm . It took me a can and a half to do the whole job because there is barely anything in the cans. It takes many many very light coats. The stuff is very drippy and you have to be careful not to spray on to much at a time. After I was done with the tint spray, I put on a couple layers of clear coat, let it dry overnight, and the next day I wet sanded it and buffed it by hand. I believe if I had a buffer it would have came out even more glossy. Light output is reduced only slightly.
 

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Re: tinted tails (S60 t5er)

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Recently tinted my tail lights. They look dark during the day when they are not lit, but are very visable when the lights are on. I Clear coated, sanded and rebuffed to get a nice finish. let me know what you think.
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what happened to your T5 emblem?
 

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Re: tinted tails (S60 t5er)

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The emblem ended up on my grill which I thought was looking like it was missing something

I agree that the plain mesh grills look a little plain. That looks nice with the T5 emblem! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: (S60 t5er)

you have factory body kit so lets change the wheels!!! you need some 18" and your car will look insane.
 

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Ha i also like your pictures...half of them the plates are uncovered and the other half have the plate numbers wide open..... hmmmm i really really like your car. jk


Is there any way we can get some more shots of your tail lights.... ie in the dark (or real low light conditions) and in the dark with the brakes applied. That would be awesome.

-Jordan
 

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thanx for the compliments guys, this is the first car I have begun to modify, and as many of you know it is an addiction. The only thing keeping me from getting new wheels is $$, although I am looking at the SS classified section often lol. I will try to snap a few good quality pics tonight with a real digi cam instead of my phone which I used for the last pics.
 

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here are some pics
no lights on


just parking lights

brake lights only

parking and brake lights


parking and fog lights (modified so both fogs are on)

parking brake and fogs all on

tinted turn signal up front

and 6000k xenons
 

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Re: (Copeland)

well the steps I wrote in the earlier post. but i will try to add a bit to it.

1. remove tail lights ( 4 nuts have to be removed from the inside)
2. Tape off areas you don't want to be tinted.
3. I cleaned them off with a paper towel and water, then used isoproply rubbing alcohol to get off anything else such as grease that would interefere with the tint sticking. be careful not to tough the areas with your fingers after you clean them to avoid getting dirt on them.
4. put lights flat on a platform than you can access from different angles, make sure there is no dust or wind in the area you are working in.
5. start spraying into the air than move the can onto the light while holding down the spray button, this will avoid getting chunks that first come out of the can. Do only a very light coat, then repeat onto the other light. This stuff is very drippy! You might not notice the tint until a few coats. Make sure to allow adequate time between coats. I did about 1.5 to 2 minutes, with very very very light coats. Repeats this step until you have color you want. Allow to dry for an hour.
6. Put a few layers of clear coat on, allow to dry over night
7. Go buy some very fine grit sand paper, I don't remember which I got. Sand light to get out any blotches.
8. Buff it up using some rubbing compound ( this and sand paper can be found at most automotive stores). Use hand buff, or if you have a random orbital buffer and you are good at it, use it.
9. reinstall lights
10. sit back admire, and take pics for swedespeed.

Modified by S60 t5er at 8:12 PM 6-22-2006
 
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