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Old 02-15-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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tinting tailights?

ok so i was looking on ebay for some custom tailights for my lincoln ls. my car is black on black so i saw these and thought they were cool

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anyways he says... " have customized these taillights by applying a translucent tint to the upper half of the taillights. The brakes lights are still visible through the tint and they are 100% street legal since I did not cover the entire light."

does anybody know what tint to use to do this or a place that can do it for me? it seems dumb to pay so much when i have the same lights already and can buy the tint myself
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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id go get some 5% from wally world and just experiment.. if you fukk up you can just take it off and try again
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Why would you want to cover up any portion of your brake lights? Street Legal or not, it doesn't make sense to me:eh:
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:33 PM   #4
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Its called VHT, I think you can buy it at Hobby Lobby over where the sell car models. Its like a spray paint if your not carful and put to much on you cant see the taillight when it lights up.
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Why would you want to cover up any portion of your brake lights? Street Legal or not, it doesn't make sense to me:eh:
Add a wing and body kit while you are at it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:24 PM   #7
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PM slvr04. jerry use to have a bullit with tinted tail lights. i saw him spray the brake lights with some spray tint found at hobby stores.
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does anyone here have experience with said "tinting spray?"
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does anyone here have experience with said "tinting spray?"
yeah i would hate to spray my lights and them look all uneven
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:52 PM   #11
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Why would you want to cover up any portion of your brake lights? Street Legal or not, it doesn't make sense to me:eh:
so i can look that much COOLER
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:23 PM   #12
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so i can look that much COOLER
that's almost as cool as covering up your headlights with dark smoked plastics like they did back in the day. :laughing6
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:35 PM   #13
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Tinting of any lights, through any means is deemed illegal by Texas DPS fyi.
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http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/Misc/faq/lens.htm

read to the bottom
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:47 PM   #15
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No need to read, I'm an inspector. I brought up this topic while taking the class, the DPS officer said "While it's not on the books, you have to visually see the lights for 100'. As the inspector, it's your call on whether or not it's impaired, but the DPS stands behind the call either way you make it."

I'm not going to argue on the net over inspections cuz it gets old. If you want to risk it, go for it. You'll fail your inspection if you bring it to me.
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For clear taillight lenses to be legal, they must consist of the following components.
Stop Lamp
All motor vehicles are required to have at least two (2) stop lamps, unless vehicle was manufactued prior to 1960, in which case it is reqired to be equipped with one (1).
A stop lamp must emit a red or amber light, or any shade of color between red and amber.
A stop lamp must be visible from a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight.
The stop lamp shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake and may be incorporated with one or more other rear lamps.
Stop lamp lens must be of a type meeting Department of Public Safety standards.
Tail Lamp
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least two taillamps, unless vehicle was manufactued prior to 1960, in which case your vehicle is reqired to be equipped with one (1).
Taillamps mounted on the rear which, when illuminated, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 1,000 feet to the rear.

Rear Reflector
Every motor vehicle shall carry on the rear, either as part of the tail lamps or separately, two or more red reflectors.
Rear reflectors on a vehicle shall reflect a red color
Red reflectors required on the rear of a vehicle may be incorporated with the tail lamp assembly.
Every reflector upon any vheicle shall be of such size and characteristics and so mounted as to be visible at night from all distances within 600 feet to 100 feet from such vehicle when directly in front of the the lawful lower beams of head lamps.

Turn Signal
Signal shows white or amber to the front, or
Signal shows red or amber to the rear


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State law Sec. 547.3215 incorporates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Subpart B, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Section 571.108, Standard No. 108; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. This standard contains the following:
S5.1.3 No additional lamp, reflective device or other motor vehicle equipment shall be installed that impairs the effectiveness of lighting equipment required by this standard.

As a general comment, any device that impairs the required effectiveness of headlamps, taillamps, reflectors or etc is prohibited. The lights, both front and rear, are made by the manufacturer to meet this safety standard. Putting something, particularly something dark would impair its effectiveness.

In the inspection manual used by state certified inspection stations the following is the inspection criteria:
"Tail lamp. Inspect and reject if: lamp is obstructed by any part of the body."
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That's what I posted, just to lazy to cut and paste
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I have some of the stuff downstairs. I bought it for my ///M along with another set of stock tailights so that I could experiment and go back and forth if I went overboard.

The tinted spray from the hobby shop is what will do the trick. I would recommend purchasing another set of tailights to experiment with. You can also control the level of darkness with how many times you coat it. Throw on some clear and the end and it will look like the paint on the car. Some of the M guys have experimented with it. At night you can plainly see the reflector (all running lights off). In fact pulling two cars side by side on a dark road and pulling a third up behind the pics are indistinguishable as to which car had tintted lights. With lights on again both cars were indistinguishable.

I have experimented with VHT NIghtShades and found that when applied in large amounts that the reflectors are not visible at night and the lights look dull.

Oh yeah as far as the ebay thing. There was one guy on there that did a top notch job on new sets of tailights. If I remember who he is then I will let you know.

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thanks for the info everybody. im not worried about it being illegal. FTP and i have no problem getting my vechicles insepcted. sexual choclate thanks for the input
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