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post #1 of 6 Old 12-27-2008, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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How to smoke lights

I finally got the spray window tint in order to smoke out my lights and was wondering how I should do this? Some people scuff the outside and others only clean the lights and spray them. Im unsure of my procedure and am looking for assistance.
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I've heard that scuffing the lights may cause even more loss of light through the lens. Some have said that they just cleaned them and it lasted for years. I think it is kind of up to your preference.

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Just clean them.... You'll be fine. I've had my turn signals tinted on my mudding truck for 3 years of abuse!! They still look the same as the day I did them.

Apply really light coats. It's easy to keep adding more, but you can't take off any tint.

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I did my tail lights and 3rd brake light. I lightly scuffed them with scotch bright first, then applied a plastic adhesion promoter, followed by 3 lights coats of VHT nightshades, and finished it off with 2 coats of laquer clear.

Here's a before and after:

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subscribing.....I'm fixing to do mine as well

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Those look awesome Kurt!!!! Any pics of them installed on the truck??

I wanted the Recon tail lights.... But they're expensive!! Maybe I'll just tint my stock ones. Have you done your 3rd brake light?

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