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Technomancy => Automotive Tech => Topic started by: Meatywand on September 16, 2013, 10:28:53 PM

Title: Night Shade
Post by: Meatywand on September 16, 2013, 10:28:53 PM
So, I know Luos has used it...and I think several other's have as well...how easy is it to use? What are the odds I would fuck my tail lights up using it? I want to eventually get black wheels for the GC, and for it "blend" better I was planning on ricing this bitch out with tinted tails and black head light housings. Is this an easy do it yourself thing or something I should probably not try? :lol:

Hmmm might just get LED tails with a black housing...
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: MiniVanMan on September 16, 2013, 10:51:13 PM
I'd pick up a spare set of tail lights from the junk yard and try it on those, that way you can switch back if you fuck it up.

It involves wet sanding and polishing if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Meatywand on September 16, 2013, 11:07:40 PM
I'd pick up a spare set of tail lights from the junk yard and try it on those, that way you can switch back if you fuck it up.

It involves wet sanding and polishing if I'm not mistaken.
Welp...sounds like something I would mess up royally :lol: Probably going to get LED tails...yadda yadda ricer or whatever, but I do like the way they look :lol:
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: [ChaosweaveR] on September 17, 2013, 12:37:26 AM
Niteshades can look good. They need a good wetsanding and polishing, on top of a good clear coat.

For a super nice finish that will never fade, a mix of actual black acrylic paint and clear coat is your best bet for quality and longevity. I did that to a stock set of GT tails for my Pontiac, you kept the surface clean like you would with paint itself, you can clay, polish and wax the paint normally. Just don't go so dark if you're doing the stock tails. If you're doing an LED set, you can go a little darker since the LEDs will shine through better.

>inb4 HURR CHAOS IS A RICER 16A
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Kalgorn on September 17, 2013, 07:41:02 AM
I would do like Chaos mentioned. Take the tails off and go pay a shop $80-100 to spray them.
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: [ChaosweaveR] on September 17, 2013, 09:27:24 AM
Oh, one more thing. I'd leave the backup light untinted. Gives it some contrast, IMO looks better than all black.

EX:
(http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2712/2041/31778520025_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Meatywand on September 17, 2013, 12:55:25 PM
Ohhhh that looks awesome..hmmmm
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: JD on September 18, 2013, 10:52:30 AM
Nightshade also has an red/purple tint to it, so if you do use it over your amber turn signals, they will actually appear to be red. Same thing happened with my sidemarkers that were nightshaded.
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Mr. Luos on September 18, 2013, 11:03:25 AM
I still have some left.
I actually think I went too dark on my tails, I'm hoping that since I went a touch light on the clear coat that it fades a bit with some sun.  I feel as though my reflectors in the rear bumper came out MUCH better, they aren't dark, just tinted.  Could be a factory look.

It takes a little practice, give them proper prep and make sure you are even with the coating.  Do ONE coat and get it into some bright light to see what you think.  I am guessing 2 or 3 coats is what you are looking for.
I didn't do the masking off of the reverse light.  I don't care for that look personally.

Don't really have any good pictures of the back of it....
(http://www.arbybean.com/ar/images/May12.JPG)
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: angry hampster on September 27, 2013, 07:30:10 AM
I did it on my Jeep. It's easy to go overboard with it. Mine appeared completely black, though they did still let a decent amount of light through.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/cars/jeep5.jpg)

It's easy to strip off with mineral spirits/paint thinner. Take your lights off the car, do one good even coat, and let it dry. If it's too much, strip it off and spray further back. If not enough, spray again. Sand, clear, and done!
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Meatywand on September 29, 2013, 07:55:34 PM
Yeah....I found some pre-tinted not tooooooo terribly ricey (they are kinda ricey doe) LED tail lights I think I'm gonna get...a bit pricier, but a lot less effort :lol:
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: MadFairlane on September 30, 2013, 04:36:44 AM
Yeah....I found some pre-tinted not tooooooo terribly ricey (they are kinda ricey doe) LED tail lights I think I'm gonna get...a bit pricier, but a lot less effort :lol:

LOL

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Black-LED-Tail-Lights-Taillight-Chrysler-JEEP-GRAND-CHEROKEE-05-10-/160549547288?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item25617fad18
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: [ChaosweaveR] on September 30, 2013, 06:53:44 AM
I don't think those look that terrible. On the positive side, they'll be brighter than stock. I would think they'll come with load resistors pre-built into them so the turn signal doesn't blink fast.
Title: Re: Night Shade
Post by: Meatywand on September 30, 2013, 10:07:15 PM
Heh....the one's I found are that same pattern, but with a totally smoked housing.