Simple Steps to Tint Your Tail Lights: DIY Car Detailing

Simple Steps to Tint Your Tail Lights: DIY Car Detailing

Have you been wondering how people get that smoked or black look to the tail lights of their car? Well, if you do then you are just at the right place. Basically, it’s nothing but just a tint that is painted over the original lights. At begging, it started with car enthusiasts hiring paint professionals to create a tinted effect on their car that results from a mixture of black paint and clear coat together. But now, as the Rust-Oleum’s Peel Coat Lens Tint is available here in the market, it has become a very simple DIY technique to create such effect.

Use the following steps to tint your tail lights effectively.

Materials You’ll Require

 Materials You'll Require

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Masking Paper
  • Latex Gloves
  • Drop Cloth
  • Rust-Oleum Peel Coat Lens Tint

Step 1: Preparation

mask off the area around your cars tail lights

Because you are working with spray paint, it is recommended to work in a proper ventilated and a dust-free environment. Avoiding these factors might cause both economic and physical crunches. Also, wear gloves and a mask while spray painting, especially if you’re spraying in a confined space like a garage. Keep in mind to mask off the area around your car’s tail lights using painter’s tape and masking paper to protect it from overspray. You may also lay down a drop cloth to protect the floor from the paint.

Step 2: Clean the Tail Lights

Clean the Tail Lights 1

Wipe off any oil, grease, wax or road tar from the surface of the tail light using water and soap. For the best result, you can use a clean cloth and wipe the surface with Rust-Oleum Wax and Tar Remover. Once, you're done, gently clean the lights with a cloth or some paper towel and allow them to dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Spray Paint the Tail Lights

Spray Paint the Tail Lights

When the lights are completely dry, it is the time to spray paint it. First, Shake the spray-cane of Rust-Oleum Peel Coat Lens Tint vigorously for a minute and make sure that mixing ball begins to rattle. If mixing ball fails to rattle, “Do not strike spray-can and contact Rust-Oleum.” Hold the cane 10-16” away from the surface and spray in a steady back and forth motion. Apply 3-4 light coats a few minutes apart. Do not exceed four coats. Repeat this step on your second tail light. Let the painted lights dry thoroughly or at least for 24 hours before taking them out on the road.

Step 4: Remove


As its name implies, it’s a peel-able coat and can be removed easily whenever you want. To remove, slowly rub one edge of the paint until it starts to peel up. Also, you should expect the coating to come off in large pieces. Well, for simple and easy removal, it is recommended peeling your tail-lights within six months of application.  

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