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Old June 28th, 2009, 04:09 PM
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So I finally found time to paint my tail lights and 3rd brake light. It was simple. Only took me about 5 hours to do, most of that was spent on here lurking around while I waited for them to dry. Here's how I did it.

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1 Can VHT Niteshades
1 5/16 Socket
1 Phillips Screwdriver
1 Flat head Screwdriver

I started by taking the lights off the truck, rather than taping off the truck and risking over spray. To get the rear tail lights off, lower the tail gate, and you will see two nuts holding on each light. Use the 5/16's socket to remove them. I then used the flat head screwdriver to get behind the light and help pull it out because my fingers were too big to fit behind it. The light is only help in place by 4 little plugs, it should pull right out with no issues. Twist the light harnesses about 1/4 of a turn to pull them out. For the 3rd brake light, just remove the two screws, and it will come out. Again, turn light harnesses 1/4 of a turn to get them out.

I then cleaned the lights with water and a paper towel. Make sure you get all the dirt off. The painting process is pretty simple. I used VHT NiteShades. It's made for light lenses. All I did was throw some newspaper down on the garage floor to prevent painting the floor. Then just paint. Hold the can about 8 inches from the lights and run it back and forth evenly. I did 3 light coats, letting the lights dry for roughly an hour between each coating. After each coat dried, I wiped them down lightly with a paper towel, to get any dust off that might have flown onto them. Make sure they are 100% dry before you do or else you may smear the paint. After all done, put them back on your truck and enjoy! It really is pretty simple to do. I'm going to leave them for a few days to see how I like the darkness, I might go darker on the tail lights. For pictures of everything follow the link below. Sorry about the filthy truck...the downside to working on a dirt road...My truck is usually black, not gray...

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so after three light coats, how much niteshades do you have left? enough for another couple coats? they look pretty good even with the filthy truck


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I've got about half the can left. The three coats are pretty dark. It's still light here, just starting to get dark, I'll check them when it's dark out to see how dark they really are, but right now, they look like it's about as dark as I should go. When I hit the unlock button, and the 3rd brake lights come on, you can't see them all that well. Thats during the day though, plus the 3rd brake is slightly darker than the tails (on purpose) Will take a night pic, when the night comes. I'm washing my truck tomorrow, didn't wanna do it today and risk streaking the lights.
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nice work!!! looks good

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Where the hell are the pics of them?? I cant find them

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Where the hell are the pics of them?? I cant find them
There's a link to them at the bottom of his How-to Article....

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Ooops! Didnt see that link!

Looks good! How come that doesnt look like the house in your other posts??? You have more than one place?

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he said he was house sitting......maybe that's it...

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True! Very true......didnt think about that

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Lights look good Fatman!

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