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.
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.
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.
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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