The basic purpose of a vehicle is to get someone to a destination safely and quickly. For many, though, a car is much more than that. It's a chance to express stylistic preferences. One way many drivers choose to show off their personality is to give their rear tail lights a smoke tint. The smoky colour gives the vehicle a sleek, stylish look that's certain to stand out and attract attention.
Prior to purchasing rear tail light smoke tint, it's important to consider which type of tint is most appropriate. Additionally, though it's easier to have the tint professionally installed, even newbies can quickly learn how to do it themselves. Thus, it's also crucial to gather necessary supplies and make other necessary preparations.
Types of Rear Light Smoke Tint
The decision here is between tint spray and vinyl film. It's really a matter of preference and budget. Just make sure the one chosen is transparent so that the rear lights still can be seen; also, be certain the tint level is legal before buying.
Tint Spray Paint
With tint spray, colour options abound, making it easy to find the desired shade. Installation, though requiring some skill, is quick once the rear light is cleaned and removed. Folks who choose tint do so mainly because there is no chance of bubbles or creases arising, which is common with vinyl. Also, many prefer the authentic look paint provides.
Popular for wrapping car bodies as well, vinyl film is inexpensive, long-lasting and removable. Installation can get meticulous, especially since most tail lights are curved, but if installed correctly, the lights will look immaculate. It gives the lights added depth and actually protects the lights from surface damage. Moreover, colour choices and options for various thicknesses give drivers a wider range of options than tint spray paint.
Preparing to Smoke Tint Rear Tail Lights
Getting everything ready ensures the smoke tint is applied correctly. If using vinyl film, be sure to make accurate measurements of how much film is needed and also get a razor blade to cut the film and hair dryer for heating, stretching and smoothing. Supplies necessary for cleaning include 800-grit sandpaper, micro-fibre towel, a squeegee and a spray bottle filled with water and some soap. It's vital to do this properly, as even minor imperfections are visible with both vinyl wrap jobs and spray paint jobs.
Applying Smoke Ting to Rear Tail Lights
For both spray paint and vinyl, first clean the tail light thoroughly. For painting, take the tail light off so that excess spray paint doesn't get on other parts of the car. To clean, first scrub with 800-grit sandpaper to remove debris and other imperfections. Next, spray with soap and water, then wipe with the towel, making sure to wipe and clean the edges. Once that's complete, let dry. After that, adhere to the following process for spray paint and vinyl film.
How to Smoke Tint Rear Lights with Spray Paint
If there are areas that don't want to be tinted, such as the spot where the light actually is, cover with masking tape before beginning. Use a newspaper to catch paint that doesn't hit the lens. Then, apply the paint. Position the spray can about 20 centimetres from the light. Apply two to three layers of tinted spray paint, waiting 20 to 30 minutes between each coat -- or until the desired tint level is reached. Let dry, and then apply the clear coat (choose a glossy finish for a sleeker look); the clear coat protects the spray tinting and requires roughly five coats, with dry time in between. Once complete, sand again and polish and wax with the cloth and polishing compound (not necessary, but recommended). Lastly, let dry, remove the masking tape, and then put the tail light back on the vehicle.
How to Smoke Tint Rear Lights with Vinyl Film
After cleaning the tail light, get the razor blade and cut the film tint to an approximate size. Then, remove it from the protective sheet and spray the adhesive side with the water and soap mixture to ensure the vinyl doesn't stick before proper placement. Next, apply the film tint to the tail light; simultaneously heat with a hair dryer to stretch and rub a squeegee to make sure no creases or bubbles develop. Once stretched over the desired area of the tail light, cut off excess film and tuck in the edges neatly.