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    Ok im going to expect a bit of abuse on this one but here goes..

    I Brought some LED rear lights for my car a couple of weeks ago and i ordered clear ones in the mind that if i want them smoked i can just tint them but if i ordered smoked and i wanted clear id be screwed...

    I have come to decide i actually want smoked so iv ordered some tinting spray. I am not going to say im a professional sprayer but im pretty good with a rattle can so the spraying is not a worry for me, the only thing i want to know is weather or not to sand the lights first?? Obviously a VERY fine grit if i do but iv only just paid £170 for these lights and dont want to go at them with sanding paper if i dont really need to... Iv ordered 'E-tech Light Tinting Spray', Google suggests its a half decent tinting spray.

    Just wondering if anyone can offer up any suggestions or pointers before i run into it and end up trashing my new lights.

    Any comments good or bad will be appreciated.

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    Im pretty sure u can buy a spray to remove that stuff so if u Eff it up u can try again....at the end of the day if its what YOU want for YOUR car then crack on
    Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.

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    Ah but if i have to scuff the lights with a fine grit sand paper first then i can never go back?

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    See what the finish is like without doing it.

    Aslong as you mask it up well and dont rush it...
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    You won't need to sand the lights mate. The spray is like a plastic layer and will stick fine. I have tinted my OEM lights red and I used thinners to get the tint spray off because I did it too thick... Didn't damage the plastic!

    If you ever need to remove the tint, don't use nail pollish remove as some people suggest as it will crack the plastic.

    Hope that helps...
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    I did it on my first car and didn't sand the lights. It is just a film and is designed to stick to standard lights. If you do it wrong, a little thiners on some paper/cloth and wipe it off! Don't get it on the paint work though!!
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    [QUOTE=adam.wilkinson;659354]You won't need to sand the lights mate. The spray is like a plastic layer and will stick fine. I have tinted my OEM lights red and I used thinners to get the tint spray off because I did it too thick... Didn't damage the plastic!

    Hes right ive done this many times when i was youger and it worked a treat.


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    Thanks guys, I'll be able to tackle this with a bit more confidence now :-)

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    I used the Etech stuff on my old lights. You don't need to sand them, it won't come off. I used nailvarnish remover on the rears, indicators and headlights to remove it and had no cracking problems.
     
     

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    i kno you have already bought the spray,

    but why dont you use the film, its easier to get on, and can be removed with ease
     
     

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