92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

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92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:45 am

So I got some brand new vented corners for the tail lights for the 92-93 version.

The tint on them are somewhat darker than my tail lights. Then i noticed one side of my tail light is darker than the other side.

I've used meguiars Plast-x polish one or two times before in the past. But in general, my question is if the tinting is a coating that's been put on i assume from the factory and not a "built in" darker color plastic?

If so, i guess we all need to be careful about polishing up the 92-93 tails, to preserve the tint on them? :shrug:

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby Boo_Guy » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:23 pm

The sun could be bleaching them from the inside out. :shrug:
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby CelicaGT4 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:10 pm

I sanded mine down with 1500 grit and polished them up with lens restorer. When finished the entire outer tint disappeared....DOH! I then took them to my painter and all is cool now.
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:13 pm

CelicaGT4 wrote:I sanded mine down with 1500 grit and polished them up with lens restorer. When finished the entire outer tint disappeared....DOH! I then took them to my painter and all is cool now.


Yeah, okay, same here too somewhat. I think the one or two times i took the meguiars to it may have took some of the tint off. Eh, i'll just have to get them retinted by my painter to match the jdm vented corners if it's too far off in shade.

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby GT4_ever » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:24 pm

CelicaGT4 wrote:I sanded mine down with 1500 grit and polished them up with lens restorer. When finished the entire outer tint disappeared....DOH! I then took them to my painter and all is cool now.


So they orange/amber part comes off? Is the plastic just clear underneath?
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby RoAdbOy » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:39 am

do you mean the tinted markers are darker or the amber itself?
by my car was the right-left taillight markers different, and then i painted it...:
after that, i polished it, now it looks and feels if you touch it exactly like new OEM :)

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby Boo_Guy » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:54 pm

:withstupid: Pretty much exactly what I plan to do with my lights this summer.

I might smoke them as well.
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:06 pm

Wow, I never imagined just painting it black would make it look so good!

If i have to redo it, i may just look into getting it painted and wet sanding/polish it down, rather than tinting.

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby jonnyboygt4 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:25 am

thats pretty well exactly what i plan on doing except im gonna spray tint everything...
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:48 am

Roadboy, any pics of the finished work without the lights turned on?

Thanks

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby RoAdbOy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:48 pm

yes of course...
this pictures are fresh shooted today :)
but the car is a bit dirty :P
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby Boo_Guy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:23 pm

Looks sooo good! :smokes:

Hope mine turn out that well.
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:15 pm

The pics look good.

Oh, and i meant the tinted part of my jdm vented corners look darker than the tinted part of my tails, not the amber part.

I think I may do the same as what you did (considering also my car is black). Or I may just respray with really dark tint.

Did you just use black paint or dark tint?

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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby RoAdbOy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:58 pm

thank you :) it was just black spray paint.
really short and easy job...
tools and materials:
1- sunny day or a garage
2- newspaper
3- masking tape
4- black spray paint
5- about 30minutes time
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Re: 92-93 Tail lights tint fading?

Postby toayoztan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:09 pm

If Roadboy doesn't mind, can someone take one of the pictures (last one preferred) and photoshop the car to be black (or sample the color of the black he used and make it similar)?

Curious how'd it look, thanks!

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