HOW TO smoke your lights

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by mill8365, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. mill8365

    mill8365 New Member

    I looked around and found some write ups on how to smoke your lights using VHT Nite-Shades. But none of the write ups i found involved our gm trucks! This process can work for headlights and fog lights, too!
    ..So, here we go..

    These are the things I used. Obviously you can use different things, but it worked great for me.
    VHT Nite-Shades (bought mine from Autozone)
    Duplicolor Clear Coat (again, bought it at Autozone)
    Some type of scratch remover
    Gloss polish (as you can see, I didnt have gloss polish, so I used chrome polish)
    A "wipe and shine" cleaner
    Painters tape
    Spray bottle with a water and soap solution.
    Microfiber cloth
    800, 1000, and 2000 grit "wet or dry" sandpaper

    1. Remove the taillights from the vehicle
    2. Tape over the holes on the back to prevent dust/paint from entering
    3. Sand the lights with 800grit sand paper to remove the clear coat
    4. In a well-ventilated area, spray on the Nite-Shades in even, light coats. Light coats are important to prevent runs. Also, its easier for you to decide how dark you want to go. I only did two coats, but should have gone one more.
    5. After you have gotten your lights how dark you want them and they have dried, its time to DRY sand them. With 1000grit sandpaper, sand the lights to remove any pits, scratches, etc. Wipe the lights off with the microfiber towel.
    6. Spray on the clear coat next. I did two heavy coats, but be careful not to let it run!
    7. After your clear coat has dried, spray the lights with the soapy water and wet sand with 1000grit sandpaper, then wet sand with the 2000grit sandpaper. Make sure its as smooth as it can get before buffing.
    8. Next, I tapped off the area around the lights to prevent anything from getting on the paint.
    9. Reattach the lights and buff with the scratch remover and buffer. I didnt need to push hard with the buffer. Just let it do its thing. Wipe of the excess with your towel.
    10. Next, buff with the gloss polish. Again, wipe off the excess.
    11. Wipe clean with the "wipe and wash" spray and BAM! Congrats, you have a set of tinted lights!
    If they didnt shine enough for you, repeat steps 9 - 11.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!!

    Good Luck!
  2. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    Very nice write up! This will help a lot of people on here, thanks for posting all the pictures!
  3. bvogts25

    bvogts25 New Member

    wow! very nice write up! and they look really good on your truck!
  4. pmartin816

    pmartin816 New Member

    Thanks for a great write up. I have been wondering how to do this and if it would be worth it on my truck. Thanks, yours looks great.
  5. DIGS16

    DIGS16 New Member

    Great write up And enjoy u posted up pictures Along with the steps
  6. bigdaddy77084

    bigdaddy77084 New Member

    Thanks,Looks great. Mine are next
  7. mill8365

    mill8365 New Member

    No problem, folks! And thanks for the compliments! ..Next weekend, head lights and fogs. :)
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  8. Eddie Z71

    Eddie Z71 New Member

    Very nice job! Looks great! Thanks for the write up, and the pictures!:glasses:
  9. chschevy58

    chschevy58 New Member

    very very very good write up. might be doing this tomarrow.
  10. 1S1K

    1S1K New Member

    nicely done!

    Hey that looks goood, hmmmmm....

    nice write up well done, Great Info....
  11. black03silverado

    black03silverado New Member

    they look great i have been looking for some way to do mine on my 08 i am gonna give it a shot thanks!!
  12. GaryG

    GaryG New Member

    I've thought bout doing this on my 1500, I did it on my 96 mustang I had. Definitely improves the look
  13. chschevy58

    chschevy58 New Member

    im tinting mine as we speak haha. will post pics later.
  14. HawaiiKid

    HawaiiKid New Member

    Just too lazy to post mine hahah, gotta get my camera out and get some pics in the rare sunshine we are havin up here!
  15. chschevy58

    chschevy58 New Member

    how long did you let the tint dry ... and what about the clear coat before you sanded?
  16. mill8365

    mill8365 New Member

    I had my tails done in about 3hrs total. I just waited until it was dry to the touch.
  17. HawaiiKid

    HawaiiKid New Member

    Let the tint stand a hour before the clear, let the clear stay the night before wet sanding it and polish/waxing it.
  18. sstoner911

    sstoner911 New Member

    Thats prolly a good shade....mine were a bit too dark and I got a ticket...I just reverted back to stock color since I want to go with LED tails.

    good job on them!

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