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Old 05-27-2009, 05:59 PM
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black out tail lights

Ok so can some one give me a detailed description on how to black out my tail lights... I heard u can buy a film and just tint them.. now this may be better for me if i start getting fines for having them blacked out? any info on blacking out tail lights greatly appreciated ..
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:10 PM
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if your willing to spend the money RECON makes blacked out tail lights for your truck but if you want to take the cheaper way out you can buy the black tint they use for RC car bodies and paint them with that
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:19 PM
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A body shop that knows what they are doing will get the best results for tinting stock lamps. You can get them as light or as dark as you want.

Nice thing about the LED route is that they are much brighter than stock and compensate for the diminished light output with the tinted lenses.


You can see what they look like when properly done (I had my buddy spray these at his shop):


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Old 05-27-2009, 06:32 PM
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It really is hard to see the brake lights with tinted lenses and the way people drive I'd be more worried about picking Honda Civic pieces out of my trailer hitch than tickets. I'd go with the LEDs
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:55 PM
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If you keep the tint light, it really doesn't cut down on light output. The ones I have pictured still are very easy to see.

It's when you get the pitch black lenses that they are very hard to see.
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i would buy a can of the spray tint off raul. it doesnt turn out black but gives it a nice smoke look. imo recons look the best tho but a little pricey
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:53 PM
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ya i was thinking of recons, but they are just too much now if i can sell my stock wheels and tires and headunit then i will get the recons, but i think i wil go to a friend of the family that specializes in exquiste car restoration and does like mercedes and ferraris and such body work on them. he should know the best route i would think.. but isnt there a film i can buy from like a napa or somthing?
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old Danny Boy is correct... (DC Special) if you want it to look right and you want it to last pay the little extra and have a body shop do it... forget these cheapo DIY methods they all come out looking like crap.... here is what I did on my truck and it lookds killer



P.S. I know its not a ford
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:24 AM
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I had a body shop do mine, they look great and light up very good. IMO...and ths is me..the Recons...look very Ricer, to each his own though.



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Alright ya im gunna do the bodyshop way... Now is there a tint % i tell the guy or how does that work...
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