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07-12-2012, 07:17 PM #1
Color matched tails.
So I got bored with my tail lights and while I was at the paint store picking up supplies I had them mix up some tint to color match the taillights.
The tint is a mixture of binder and the color code off the truck. The ratio is about 15:1 to its pretty translucent plus I thinned it a bit also.
Then after testing the visibility I decided..why stop and tinting them? Why dip them in a clear/silver Carbon fiber?
Well I layed down some clear coat on it today. I will post some pics of it on the truck tomorrow or so...its humid here right now so I may allow the clear to harden up an extra day.
And for those of you have questions on if its legal....depends on your state. Arizona law ony requires your taillights to be visible from 500 ft...doesnt regulate whats covering them.
07-12-2012, 08:56 PM #2
That looks cool. Post some pics when you get them installed!!
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07-13-2012, 07:49 AM #3
WOW, I really like that but, is it street legal? I thought they had to be red and black out had some kind of exception. Could you do in white?Tim Walters (Curky)
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07-13-2012, 05:39 PM #4
28-939. Signal lamps and devicesA. A motor vehicle may be equipped and if required under this article shall be equipped with the following:1. A stop lamp on the rear that emits a red or yellow light, that is actuated on application of the service or foot brake and that may be incorporated with a tail lamp.2. One or more lamps or a mechanical signal device that is capable of clearly indicating an intention to turn either to the right or to the left and that is visible both from the front and rear.B. A stop lamp shall be plainly visible and understandable from a distance of one hundred feet to the rear both during normal sunlight and at nighttime. A signal lamp or lamps indicating the intention to turn shall be visible and understandable during daytime and nighttime from a distance of one hundred feet both to the front and rear. If a vehicle is equipped with a stop lamp or other signal lamps, the lamp or lamps shall:1. Be maintained at all times in good working condition.2. Not project a glaring or dazzling light.C. A mechanical signal device shall be self-illuminated when in use at the times provided in section 28-922.
I thought it was 500 ft but its only 100ft. So as long as you dont go to dark you should be good provided your state doesnt have any goofy restrictions. The carbon fiber film I used is clear with the silver CF design.
Here is how they turned out. The pic with the turn signal on doesnt do the illumination justice - its brighter than the pic.(last pic)
The first pic is with no lights on.
Second pic is parking lights only.
Last edited by sstoner911; 07-13-2012 at 05:43 PM.
07-13-2012, 05:56 PM #5
That's some nice work, sir.
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07-13-2012, 07:03 PM #6
That is AWESOME! You sir, have an excellent looking truck.
07-13-2012, 08:37 PM #7
Those look really good. I'd be concerned about their legality in certain places though. For example, up here in Alberta, there is also no law about tinting or covering your tail lights, but the law does state that the tail lights must be visible from 150m (492 ft) and that the stoplights must be visible from 250m (820 ft).
So, bottom line I guess is that anyone who is interested in this should familiarize themselves with their local laws and make sure that they keep their lights bright enough to comply. The same would go for those who tint their lights.
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07-13-2012, 10:55 PM #8
While I am neither an attorney nor an expert in various state vehicular laws, I've looked up tail light laws for several US states as I was considering blacking mine out at one point (and then decided it was overdone ... so I didn't do it). What I found was that states seemed to have a colour requirement on the brake lights (red) and might have a minimum visible distance for them (500ft) ... day or night.
I've not seen a minimum visible distance requirement that was less than 500 ft for any of the states I was looking at, so that might be a floor for the distance in the US? From a safety angle during the day (and also at night, but especially during the day) I know I wouldn't want the brake lights to NOT be visible at less than that distance, myself -- as that'd increase the chances of someone rear-ending me.
@sstoner911, have you checked the daytime distance at which those are clearly visible to an observer behind you -- using an unbiased third party as the judge? I'm not asking from a legal standpoint -- I'm asking from a personal safety of your ride standpoint. If not you might want to ... just to find out how far behind you they are, in fact, visible during high sunlight daytime activity ... so that you know how much or little wiggle room there is, behind you, in an emergency stopping type of situation.
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07-13-2012, 11:03 PM #9
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07-14-2012, 09:56 PM #10
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