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i think it might even be worth the effort to black out the housing of the center lights just for a more sporty look, but that takes some doing and not everyone is willing to crack open the light housing.
 

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If I remember correctly, majority of tail lights aren't the same as headlights, meaning you can't just bake them, you actually have to dremel around them or use a hot knife or something
 

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That looks really good, I like that. How did you get the cutoff lines so smooth ?!
I masked it with regular blue painters tape. The trick is pulling the tape at a sharp angle while the dip is still wet so I had to paint multiple layers alternating back and fourth from each tail light giving each about 30 seconds to dry before adding another coat. The trick was knowing when to stop so it doesn't run and also so its dark enough for light not to be visible through the dip.
 

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I don't think you should plasti dip the clear part. Right now the lights look perfect with that black border. Any more and it'll look a bit overdone IMO.
 

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tint film is always a good option, not as extreme as plasti dip but it does address one thing people typically want with it, which is a bit of black going on.

for some, even something like this will be good enough:

 

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I think I prefer the tint, just because it retains that high gloss look. Keeps it clean looking in my opinion. But the way OP has it currently seems to be pretty on-point.
 

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To each their own, I think the plasti dip version looks a lot better. That clean edge on top of the light looks like it came from the factory and makes the rear look a bit more sleek.
@10genrhico Do you plan to plasti dip the chrome int he front to match the back?
 

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I think I prefer the tint, just because it retains that high gloss look. Keeps it clean looking in my opinion. But the way OP has it currently seems to be pretty on-point.
That and for the fact it remains consistent all throughout, often I see horrible plasti dip jobs or tint paint jobs but clearly that's not the case here. Tint can however be easier to get the overall look someone wants since you sort of walk into it already knowing what to expect.
 

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That and for the fact it remains consistent all throughout, often I see horrible plasti dip jobs or tint paint jobs but clearly that's not the case here. Tint can however be easier to get the overall look someone wants since you sort of walk into it already knowing what to expect.
I think that's what really sways my views on plasti-dip. I've seen way too many "simple" jobs gone wrong and it just doesn't appeal to me. Now I know there are people out there that get outstanding results, but in my opinion, it's really hard to come by.
 

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To each their own, I think the plasti dip version looks a lot better. That clean edge on top of the light looks like it came from the factory and makes the rear look a bit more sleek.
@10genrhico Do you plan to plasti dip the chrome int he front to match the back?
I actually did the front chrome trim first. As elegant as it looked I was after the more aggressive look.
 

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That and for the fact it remains consistent all throughout, often I see horrible plasti dip jobs or tint paint jobs but clearly that's not the case here. Tint can however be easier to get the overall look someone wants since you sort of walk into it already knowing what to expect.
I think that's what really sways my views on plasti-dip. I've seen way too many "simple" jobs gone wrong and it just doesn't appeal to me. Now I know there are people out there that get outstanding results, but in my opinion, it's really hard to come by.
Yeah majority of the time people think it's as easy as just grabbing a can shakingvthen spraying with having any knowledge of how to paint in general. I learned from experience too that the dip finish can be altered pending on the type of wax you use. That's how I got the semi gloss finish without the glossifier.
 

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Just what I thought. Plus using tint film is easy enough, just have to follow the proper process for applying it and it's all in the prep work and then some in the application that matters. I think the biggest pull towards tint is how you can have a mix of looks going on, it's not just black but chrome with a bit of black or what ever the tint is. Some go for neochrome. Really up to the individual.
 

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Yeah majority of the time people think it's as easy as just grabbing a can shakingvthen spraying with having any knowledge of how to paint in general. I learned from experience too that the dip finish can be altered pending on the type of wax you use. That's how I got the semi gloss finish without the glossifier.
I really like the way you did that there. It gives it an oem look to it, not something added on/sprayed on. What's the texture like ?
 

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Yeah majority of the time people think it's as easy as just grabbing a can shakingvthen spraying with having any knowledge of how to paint in general. I learned from experience too that the dip finish can be altered pending on the type of wax you use. That's how I got the semi gloss finish without the glossifier.
I really like the way you did that there. It gives it an oem look to it, not something added on/sprayed on. What's the texture like ?
For starters plasti dip has a really rubber like feel and if applied properly it comes out really smooth. After it cured I used turtle wax ice on it giving it an even smoother texture and giving it more shine. The wax also gave the black more depth so it didn't turn out looking dark grey like you would normally see on a lot of plastidip jobs. Turtle wax ice does wonders on plastidip.
 

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Oh man, that's definitely the first time I've heard of anyone really using a product like that over the dip. I would have never thought of doing that.. like ever. I mean, I'm probably still not going to be using dip, solely because I suck, but if I do end up doing it, I'll definitely try that out, thanks !
 

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first time I've heard about the turtle wax method too. Most of the plasti dip jobs I've seen just ended after the spray. Do you have to reapply the turtle wax periodically?
 
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