: Queston about tail lights

GM Tech NY
12-23-12, 02:51 PM
whats up guys. My name is shawn. I'm a Master Tech for a GM dealership in Hudson Valley NY. about 50mins north of nyc. I'm here to meet some new people share and view pics, get meet info, etc. I have always owned GM mainly chevy's but when we took in a trade of a 2008 CTS4 DI model from a 62 yr old man with only 18k on it at a dealer price I HAD TO BUY IT as i have always wanted one. if you have any Technical questions feel free to shoot me a message.

With that aside im looking to tint my tail lights. and im curious to the best way to go about it on the cts, tint film, spray can, etc and do you have pics of yours done and how you did it.

heres a photo of my girl


12-23-12, 05:36 PM
You probably should have held the tech info back!! I have a feeling you will be bombarded with questions. Haha but welcome to the forum!

12-24-12, 11:58 AM
Welcome & Congrats! She's a beauty!!!

12-27-12, 10:29 AM
Lots of folks have used Nightshade. It's a spray can, I believe.

12-28-12, 11:42 AM
Congrats man! I have the same one except black! Take everything off and get them professionally done...Thats what I did and it looks sooooo much better than nightshade! IMO

12-28-12, 01:20 PM
He only drove it to church on sundays :)

12-28-12, 08:59 PM
On my car before I had my taillights sprayed so it was a really dark red, then I wanted them completely black, so I just went to a place where they did the tint film on top of it.

Honestly, the tint looks just as good as the spray.

I had them blacked out for about 2 years and then was pulled over by a random highway trooper with nothing else to do. I think it isn't even illegal in my city, bc the ticket description was pretty bogus.

But I had to pay like $5 for the guy to heat gun the film off. Once the film was off, the lights were still dark b/c they were sprayed before. However, just show them i took the film off. If they were sprayed completely black I would have had to buy new taillights or deal with it in court

Original sprayed it was about $60 a light
tint it was about $70 for both lights

I suggest if your going to do it, black them out, b/c when I had my lights slightly tinted I always wanted them darker.

All in all it was worth the look for the time i had my taillights tinted. Right now I have a black CTS, so I actually like the red lights.


01-04-13, 08:09 PM
Has anybody posted pics....this will be my first mod, wanted to see how dark others were going. :cool2:

C "T" ess
01-05-13, 12:00 PM
Did you switch up the wheels or did the previous owner do that? Nice ride!

01-06-13, 08:12 PM
Here are some shots of my coupe


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01-06-13, 11:34 PM
All black everything...nice! Did you use the nightshade as well?

01-07-13, 10:12 AM

01-08-13, 02:09 PM
I did all the rear lights. Pics on pp.11 under Black Back Coupe and pp.15 under More Black. Sprayed at a body shop, still look great after 2yrs

01-12-13, 11:40 AM
If anyone's interested, I'm selling my "euro-style" 3rd brake light. It looked awesome on my raven black sedan. It was on my car for literally 45 minutes; I took it off because I hadn't purchased the tail lights yet. Alas, I sold my sedan for a coupe and have no use for it.

01-12-13, 05:54 PM
I have a set for sale $350 for the set. Also in great Condition inbox me for info.

01-13-13, 08:22 AM
bolt007, I cant seem to send you a message via inbox; not sure what the issue is with my profile?? Are you saying you have a set of the clear lights? If so, can you please send me a message to alfederlein@yahoo.com with some pic.'s of the taillight set??

01-13-13, 02:15 PM
Bolt007 I had a question about the wheels you use to have if you can pm me . I don't seem to have that capability

01-13-13, 08:14 PM
I tried pm you it did not go. Through I still have the wheels. Also have OEM tail lights painted.

01-13-13, 08:32 PM
spray can won't give as good as finish as having them professionally painted (clear coat tinted with black- wet sanded & buffed)

01-14-13, 11:52 AM
As PM's go, I believe you have to have a certain number of posts, like 10 or so.