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PostSubject: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:10 pm

Well, to get my mind off stuff I went down to the garage, cleaned up Kurt's tailights and sprayed the 1st and only full coat of tint onto them using VHT spray tint. I will sand out whatever orange peel marks are visible at a later time once they dry. Currently they are in my garage in an area no air is moving in hopes they will dry dust free.

First I cleaned the lens three times each with alcohol and then wiped them down with a glass microfiber to remove the dust left from the towels. Then I layed them in the buckets we used at the car show to keep them from flipping over and to make them easier to handle after painting.


Upon initial inspection, I noticed these problems with the lights.

First one is most of the lights had bugs inside the lens. Not sure how they got in there, but they are there.

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Next I noticed scuffs that looked like tape marks on the lens, but not really sure what it was, you couldnt feel it, so I dont think it was tape. Either way, they felt smooth, so I vht'd over them in hopes it would go away. You can see it in these pics

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Now onto the tinting. Lens one.

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Lens 2

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Lens 3

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Lens 4

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I will post more as I clear coat them, and then wetsand and buff them out.


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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:35 pm

That VHT is pretty awesome!


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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:41 pm

looks good so far. what color is the car?
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:42 pm

StitchWerx wrote:
looks good so far. what color is the car?

Dark Grey. It will look good when I get done too.
Ive done a few sets now, all came out great with no orange peel, no runs and a factory finish shine after buffing.

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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:45 pm

Looks awesome. Might have to consider doing that to the new ride.


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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:49 pm

I plan on doing that to mine as well, if I ever slow down long enough to get it done


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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 9:52 pm

MotownG5 wrote:
I plan on doing that to mine as well, if I ever slow down long enough to get it done

Pop them out, bring them over. We can do them.
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSat Jul 02, 2011 10:26 pm

ScottHofferPhotography wrote:
MotownG5 wrote:
I plan on doing that to mine as well, if I ever slow down long enough to get it done

Pop them out, bring them over. We can do them.

I need to...


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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 10:30 am

that looks great man... love that look...
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 11:24 am

looks good... hopefully i'll get to mine after vacation.
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 1:41 pm

Looking great Scott..
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 9:37 pm

dang that's dark and good looking. should look awesome on the car
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 03, 2011 9:49 pm

its actually not very dark. Its just taken at night (the photo)
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 05, 2011 9:06 pm

Okay, now onto the wet sanding. I put a decent ammount of car wash soap in my little bucket, and used 1200 grit sandpaper and sanded down the lights until they all matched in color depth. This also removed the orange peel and made the lens silky smooth.

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Before and After Sanding


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Big lights before and after sanding


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Wet Sanding completed on all lights.

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Dried and cleaned with alcohol.

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Clear Coated 4 Coats

Finished product after buffing. All lights look like this when angled into the ceiling lights or sun.
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 06, 2011 4:32 pm

They look awesome Scott. Can't wait to see them in person.
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 11, 2011 12:16 pm

That looks awesome
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PostSubject: Re: Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights.   Tinting Mazda Speed 6 Taillights. I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 11, 2011 1:25 pm

Thank you. These were a ton of work. Not to mention there were not mine, so I was paranoid.
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