Im looking to tint my tail lights on my omega.
How do i go about this? How can I take off the lights?
Also what part of it do i paint?. Do i paint the plastic cover of it? Is there any need to remove the globes etc?
I believe it's done with something called "nightshade" similar to spray paint.
you can get it from any auto/paint shop. autobarn and repco sell it.
Just take your tail lights out, tape up the sections you don't want tinted, and apply as many coats as you feel. (1 or 2 usually does the trick)
do a youtube search of it if you arnt confident.
Just would like to mention, don't do it too dark hey.. if someone slams into your backside your insurance may be void because they can claim they didnt see you break lights due to the tinting
to remove the lights, there should be 3 nuts holding them in.
in regards to tinting them, i have done mine an went to a pro painter, cost me $50 but that was mates rates and they look similar to the ss lights on the vz's.
i wouldn't use nightshade because it will give a matte finish on the lights and yeah, don't go too dark, depending on where you live your brake lights must be seeable from 200m away
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The tail and stop light are required by law to produce a certain amount of luminence (brightness). By tinting your lights will no longer provide such luminence and you run the risk of someone rear-ending you or being defected.
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agreed on the giving of the shits, lol, like when i asked about scrubbing guards and how to fix them, they were telling me how dangerous chopped springs are..... yet ive still got them in and they havent fallen out lol, but meh, tinting lights is way less dangerous...
couple coats of night shade, let it dry over night then a couple coats of clear to make it look nice and shiny ( unless you like that flat matt finish). F**k the laws mate, do what you wanna do, lifes too short to worry about petty shit just don't go too dark, then you'll get shafted.
I tinted mine with nightshade and left the matt finish quite like it as it's different and always get positive comments about them I only put 2 coats on mine and got pulled for them being tinted you can still see the light easily even though they are tinted but cops said that because of the matt finish they are illegal they can be tinted but has to be clear tint like the stuff you can now get to tint your headlights. It's like a tint film similar to window tint only made for headlights. I'm yet to find someone with a product suitable for tail lights. Although the guy who tinted my headlights said he will have a product in the coming months.
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Tinting lights (either headlights or brakelights) is illegal in Victoria, irrespective of the "shade". Oh no, of course it's not dangerous. To some! It is correct that if a driver runs into the back of you and it is noted that your brake lights are tinted, irrespective of the accident circumstances you'll take a hit (a big hit) from insurance. I know, I have family in Vero and GIO seeing this very often.
The road environment should not be made more hazardous by chipmunks looking to stand out. It's better you think of other road users who rely on a clear and unfetted picture of your presence in all conditions and not assume "it's their problem". It isn't.
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Your arse is going to sting for a while, and then worse when it does bugger all.
Something that people seem to miss is that tailights are not there to look nice, they are there for a specific reason, that is for other people to see you.
If you're building a show car, or a drag car that is NOT going to be on the road then go for your life. But on the roads I'd rather know that when someone rear ends me they don't have an excuse for it.
And if you do get rear ended at night with nighshade, you're insurance company can say your cover is void. Doesn't strike me as worth the risk for some "cool" taillights.
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I no this thread is old but to anyone else reading it. I recommend using tint film, so u can take it off if u either don't like it or u get into trouble. And also get some led bulbs, they r much brighter so people can still clearly see and u still get the desired effect with the look of the lights.
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After you tint your headlights is it easy enough to take off the paint with something like petrol?
Last edited by Gus; 24-03-2012 at 04:24 PM.
I would imagine TURPS or thinners would get it of since the headlights are glass, though will eat the tail light lenses because they're plastic.
Ah didn't read that yeah sorry I meant for the tail lights!
Do you know anything that would be good to use on the tail lights?
Cant remove nightshade after its on. Mate tried on his brand new Maloo (not even 3 weeks old) after being defected. And almost everything made it cloud real bad. Rest just didn't work.
In short, if you are going to do your lights do it right the first time, and be prepared to have to buy a new set if the cops get you. There is some film you can tint it with, its essentially like window tint that can be removed but I heard that stuff bubbles and flakes off eventually.
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With all the ####ing problems with getting/having tinted lights surely there are some aftermarket light manufacturers that are trying to satisfy the obvious market for tinted lights, why isnt anyone making aftermarket lights with tint that are still ADR compliant???