How-to Red out taillights

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How-to Red out taillights

Post by SlvrACR » Thu May 13, 2010 11:16 am

This How-to was made with help from kup@l @ srtforums

Materials:
Red Metalcast by duplicolor spray paint
Flat head screwdriver
Masking tape
Oven/Heat gun
1/2" socket and ratchet

1. First take off the tail lights off. Pop the trunk, remove that cover area behind your tails. There are 3 1/2 bolts. Then Remove the 3 bolts and light bulbs.



2. Once you do that take your tails give them a clean with a wet paper towel then dry them



3. Now what you wanna do is preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Then once heated, lay a wet towel (fabric kitchen towel not a paper towel!!!) on the rack. Then place your tails for 5min and only 5 min. (Caution over heating WILL melt your tails. Check up on them)


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4. After 5 min, you get screwdriver, and pry them apart at the TABS of the tails, then you could pry all around. Be sure not to rush or you could crack them. Just take your time prying them apart all around. There will be some rubber gunk sealant. So it might be tricky, but just cut them apart with a blade. Remember its a must to be careful because you can crack your tails. Just be patient and work it out.



5. Then once apart, mask with masking tape the parts of the INNER taillight lense that you dont want to paint. So your just gonna leave the white area open to paint. They should look like this when apart.


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6. Then grab your Red Metalcast and spray 4-5 coats but not too much so it doesn't drip or run. Have a 5 min window for each coat. Do not touch to see if dry. Wait an hour before reinstall


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7. Then reattach the taillight lense to the housing once again but no need to heat. Just be careful not to rush things. You might need some muscle to push to get the tabs in right. Once in give them a last good push just to make sure they sit correctly. Then reverse the uninstall steps.


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Post by OB » Thu May 13, 2010 2:02 pm

Good write up :thumbup:

I've always been nervous about putting them in the oven. I'm a bit confused about the fact that they do not need to be reheated or resealed after painting. Won't they leak?
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Post by SlvrACR » Thu May 13, 2010 3:04 pm

The sealant is still in there. I did this with a set of 00-02 lights also before. I actually took a heat gun around them once finished just to make sure but others did it without any problems.

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Post by mikeb818 » Thu May 13, 2010 5:23 pm

this only looks good on white and black cars. i did it on my red one and it didnt look good. so i guess i am gonna black them out
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Post by sidepipe87 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:09 pm

mikeb818 wrote:this only looks good on white and black cars. i did it on my red one and it didnt look good. so i guess i am gonna black them out
wrong.

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silvracr - nice write up. I did mine differently and was happy with the results. I heated the oven to 200* which wasn't hot enough because I had to leave them in for 20 minutes. Instead of masking off the reverse light I painted the entire inside red to better match the the colors and make them uniform. I used Krylon stained glass paint for the red. And after I painted them I tossed them back in the oven to melt the glue on tail lights to make sure it was sealed and it looks really good.

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Post by OB » Thu May 13, 2010 9:19 pm

Does look really good :thumbup:

I'm strongly considering this, since it's really just a can of paint and some time, which is in my budget right now :lol:
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Thu May 13, 2010 9:30 pm

^ PLZ don't on your OB. Everything is OB and flat black, plus some blue. PLZ don't.

Also, there'll be more red tails posted like this in like a matter of minutes. Those tails Ryan posted are on MY silver car now. Take THAT MikeB! Anyway, they look tits on most cars. Not OB though :/

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We used stain glass paint, not the Metalcast stuff you cats used. Also, he sprayed the entire inside of the light, not just the reverse light. Uniform red FTW.
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Post by OB » Thu May 13, 2010 9:32 pm

FAC3L3SS wrote:^ PLZ don't on your OB. Everything is OB and flat black, plus some blue. PLZ don't.

Also, there'll be more red tails posted like this in like a matter of minutes. Those tails Ryan posted are on MY silver car now. Take THAT MikeB! Anyway, they look tits on most cars. Not OB though :/
What about WHITE matches my theme? haha :lol: I guess the lettering on my decal is white...

Plus the shape of the clear part of the tails is goofy IMO.


EDIT: Someone P/S it for me!



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Post by FAC3L3SS » Thu May 13, 2010 9:39 pm

It's not white though. It's clear. It lights up white because of the bulb. I figured you'd know that :lol:

OE > all red on OB. Just my worthless $.02....even though I haz red.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Thu May 13, 2010 9:39 pm

^dude orange it out instead. yeah, it's rice if you don't rewire them to be turns but it'll match the OB better :thumbup:

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Post by OB » Thu May 13, 2010 9:43 pm

FAC3L3SS wrote:It's not white though. It's clear. It lights up white because of the bulb. I figured you'd know that :lol:

OE > all red on OB. Just my worthless $.02....even though I haz red.
Look at it in that picture. Not lit up. White. I know that the lens depicts the color. But it still appears white, like it or not.

The half moon is the part that bothers me I think, not so much the color.

Ryan - I planned on disabling that lamp and wiring in an LED under the bumper that would come on as a reverse lamp. That way I'm legal, plus it would be much brighter for it's actual purpose, which is so you can see behind you in the dark when in reverse. The LED would be stealthily mounted of course, and would be tucked away well.
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Post by SlvrACR » Thu May 13, 2010 10:05 pm

I didnt spray the whole light because I didnt like the dark cherry look. I also didnt use stained glass on this set because I already seen the tails with the metalcast. Ive used the stained glass on my amber set.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu May 13, 2010 10:07 pm

I have LED's under the bumper. They work ok, but ppl don't notice them as well as them being in the tails. Too low I guess.
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Post by heydockyle » Thu May 13, 2010 10:18 pm

IMO all red wouldn't look good on your OB's. My blacked out tails looked much better on there. I hate looking at the rear end now that they aren''t on there.


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Post by sidepipe87 » Thu May 13, 2010 10:38 pm

The Dr. has spoken. :rofl:
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Post by mikeb818 » Fri May 14, 2010 2:23 am

okay sidepipe/fac3l3ss than how about it doesnt look good on a red car :P

idk when i did it i sprayed the whole outside light. maybe i will try it again.
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Post by OB » Fri May 14, 2010 2:10 pm

I personally think it looks pretty damn legit on ANY 03+ lights, regardless of the car's color. Every car I've seen with them has looked better red than stock. Someone P/S that damn thing for me already I wanna see for myself!
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Post by sidepipe87 » Fri May 14, 2010 2:18 pm

^Quit bitchin and just do it. :lol:

I'd PS it but I'm not at home and I don't have PS on my laptop.
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Post by smiley » Fri May 14, 2010 3:06 pm

I did it red, cause thats what i think would look the best OB

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Post by OB » Sat May 15, 2010 12:37 am

I think that looks dipped! Thanks smiley good job :thumbup:
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Post by smiley » Sat May 15, 2010 1:38 am

no problem bro, I think itd look really good
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Post by DOSneons » Sat May 15, 2010 1:39 am

ah man i like that alot
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Sat May 15, 2010 1:45 am

OB wrote:I think that looks dipped! Thanks smiley good job :thumbup:
You mean sprayed. If it looked dipped, it'd have drips in it and the whole other side of it would be covered too.
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Post by blueneo03 » Sat May 15, 2010 1:48 am

legit!! but do an led strip at the bottom of the trunk lid for the reverse light like a 6 inch strip in the middle... its higher maybe ppl will not be special and not realize it...
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Post by DOSneons » Sat May 15, 2010 1:52 am

FAC3L3SS wrote:
OB wrote:I think that looks dipped! Thanks smiley good job :thumbup:
You mean sprayed. If it looked dipped, it'd have drips in it and the whole other side of it would be covered too.

:rofl:


now thats funny, but seriously i like it
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Post by LowNSlow » Sat May 15, 2010 1:57 am

I didn't think it'd look good on OB but it does..
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Post by smiley » Sat May 15, 2010 2:00 am

damn right it does, i knew it would
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Sat May 15, 2010 10:11 am

Let the record show that spraying the entire inside of the lens does NOT make them "black cherry."
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Post by smiley » Sat May 15, 2010 12:00 pm

lol
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Post by OB » Sat May 15, 2010 1:24 pm

Adam, you're too much. :lol:

I knew it would look good too. I have visions, it's a gift. :thumbup:
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