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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-24-2004, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Niteshades is your friend...

Hey folks,

I just thought I'd post some pictures of the Cougar's newly smoked taillights.
I did this same thing to my '88 XR7, but I used many more coats and they had the "blacked out" appearance.
I used only two thin coats on these taillights and they look exactly like I wanted them to.
I'm going to wait a month, then use some fine polishing compound to shine 'em up.
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that looks really good, not so dramatic that you're gonna fail inspection. Nice luggage rack

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I like that a lot! Looks really sharp.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 10:40 PM
 
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taillights

howd you do those tailoights like that and what did u use.
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Thanks for the comments!

I used a product called "Niteshades" from VHT. It can be found on eBay or on the Jeg's website.
Like I said, I just dropped two layers of the paint onto the lights and let it dry. Once I buff them out, it will look even better.


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very nice

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You have to be careful with nightshades. I remember doing the corners in my '87 cougar and they went foggy immediately after application. I guess it's not compatible with some plastics? Anyways, I partially sanded off the part that was clear and it gave the lenses a neat look. They were still foggy even after wet sanding with 2000-grit, the plastic was melted from the propellent, I'm guessing.

Primer is lighter than basecoat/clearcoat... besides, going fast IS looking good.

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I always planned on using it on my '88 XR7... I guess it's good that I didn't.
I've had pretty good success with the product. So far, I've used it on:
- 88 Cougar
- 96 Cougar
- 97 Tacoma
- 96 Sebring

No problems yet, but I'll remember that. Some paints do like to "melt" materials.


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Used it on Cavalier and Bronco taillights. Although I didn't think about the inspection part, but I do have about 1.5 years until I have to worry about it.

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