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    Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    Can someone please make tutorial on how to tint the third brake light?(2003 CTS) Can i just mask off the emblem or do I have to take it off?
    Or if there is a link please post it
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgill View Post
    Can someone please make tutorial on how to tint the third brake light?(2003 CTS) Can i just mask off the emblem or do I have to take it off?
    Or if there is a link please post it
    Thanks!
    I taped mine off, you'll want a new razor blade or something just as sharp your comfortable using to trim away excess.

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    welcome to the CTS forum

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    Thanks and Im thinking of spraying the lights. Can I just mask off the car and spray directly on the lights without removing from the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgill
    Thanks and Im thinking of spraying the lights. Can I just mask off the car and spray directly on the lights without removing from the car?
    You better mask around the light and cover the entire rear of the car and the top of the trunk and rear window. Spray cans have incredible over spray!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgill View Post
    Thanks and Im thinking of spraying the lights. Can I just mask off the car and spray directly on the lights without removing from the car?
    You can do it that way but personally I would recommend removing them then spraying.

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    Ok Ill mask it off
    Is sanding necessary before applying VHT Nightshades?

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    I would recommend taking them off the car BEFORE spraying. Taking them off is not that hard of a process and it will prevent you from hitting the car, no matter how much you tape you could hit your car (unless you tape up the whole rear end which is a waste of time). Plus removing them will give you better coverage and the ability to do prevent running of the nightshade from overspray. Some unsolicited advice, go slow, paint/tinting is one of those things that is best done with a measure of patience. Other than that Welcome to the Forum and Good Luck!

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    You'll want to sand them just enough to take the shine off them. I scuffed mine with a fine grit. 2 coats of tint, sand, clearcoat, sand and buff/polish.

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    I covered off the rear pretty good. I didnt sand but the look still came out pretty nice. I did about 6 coats. The tint is enough to notice but not enough for a cop to care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgill
    I covered off the rear pretty good. I didnt sand but the look still came out pretty nice. I did about 6 coats. The tint is enough to notice but not enough for a cop to care.
    Any type of paint on any lights on the car is enough for a cop to care, and give you a ticket lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgill View Post
    I covered off the rear pretty good. I didnt sand but the look still came out pretty nice. I did about 6 coats. The tint is enough to notice but not enough for a cop to care.
    6 coats is a lot, that stuff dries darker than it looks wet. I did 3 coats of vht on all lights except the headlights. I originally tinted headlights with 2 coats and it drastically decreased my light ouput at night so I removed the vht and restored the headlights. As long as your state isn't really picky or have inspections anually you'll be good as far as getting pulled over. If you can see the lights light up during daytime your in clear.

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    Pull the brake lights off. Its 2 10mm for the tail lights if I recall, and 8 10mm deep socket for the actual trunk bezel. Then you can mask off the 3rd brake light on the trunk bezel and won't have to worry about overspray on the actual car.

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    Re: Tutorial for tinting 3rd brake light?

    I have pre tinted tail lights and 3rd light bar I can sell you lol

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    ^^do u have pics of the lights & also how much u willing to sell for?

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