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    Default OEM tail lights tinted in a Body Shop

    Anyone know how these smoked tails which were done in a body shop will differ from those which come smoked from Hella?Just wondering if the coating is known to fade if the Hellas might be formed with the tinting in the plastic and not added as a coating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu
    Anyone know how these smoked tails which were done in a body shop will differ from those which come smoked from Hella?Just wondering if the coating is known to fade if the Hellas might be formed with the tinting in the plastic and not added as a coating.

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    I've never seen them but i'd like to keep the amber with my Oxford Grreen . The clears to me look good with black or white . I'm just wondering if what they use to tint it is prone to fadeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu
    I've never seen them but i'd like to keep the amber with my Oxford Grreen . The clears to me look good with black or white . I'm just wondering if what they use to tint it is prone to fadeing.
    Smoked looks great with green, imho.
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    I've got clears on my Oxford Green. I think it's OK, it's all up to personal taste. It would look ultimate on white, black or silver, but Oxford Green is so close to black that I think I can get away with it.

    It didn't look quite right with just clears, so I got a rear trunk reflector from a 540i and stuck it on, looks pretty good. I'll change my number plates to black colour (you can do this in Victoria, Australia) and I think it would look pretty good.

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    Don't waste your money on those... they are just old stockers that were painted with some rc car window tint and cleared. If you're gonna get smoked tails, at least smoke the euro clears instead of U.S. OE gayness
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveMPower
    Don't waste your money on those... they are just old stockers that were painted with some rc car window tint and cleared. If you're gonna get smoked tails, at least smoke the euro clears instead of U.S. OE gayness
    I agree. You can do this yourself for about $10 in RC window tint spray. And yes it will fade. Did mine last year and it only lasted about 10 months. If your really going to spray thes buy the euro version with the white on top then spray them and clear them at a body shop. IMHO these look even better than the tinted hellas.

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    My buddy is a painter and he mixed up a tint for my tails. We just used 3M speed clear, dodge PX8 and reduced it.. They arent too dark but the finish is great, Im really happy with the way it came out for $20
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    The Hellas dont fade, and as I understand it there are clear lenses over tinted reflectors, that is why they are US DOT legal.


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    Theres a link for a site, http://www.jonstintedtails.com You can send them your tail lights, corners, whatever and they will paint with their 2 stage process. Tails $95. So if you can find yourself a pair of clear hellas, you can ship to them, 3 days, and they get them back to you. I'm looking into purchasing another set of clears and smoking those, to see how they look.
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