How to Tint Rear Lights

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How to Tint Rear Lights
Tinting a tail light is a fantastic alternative to purchasing dim bulbs. (Right Tail Light of a new 4 x 4 vehicle image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

Tinting the rear lights on your car is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your car at a low cost to you. Adding tint to rear lights makes them give off a subtle glow, which can be seen at night without giving off too much light that it negatively effects the person driving behind you. Spray tint is a great option for tinting your rear lights because it is extremely easy to apply and lasts the normal wear and tear of a car.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tint spray
  • Newspaper
  • Face mask
  • Window cleaner
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove the rear light from the car with a screwdriver. This is done simply by unscrewing the screws that are holding the lights in place. These screws are accessed from inside of the boot.

  2. 2

    Sand the top surface of the rear light with the 220-grit sandpaper. By roughing up the surface to be painted, you are creating a more porous surface, which allows tint to penetrate the light and create a stronger bond.

  3. 3

    Clean the dust and dirt from the light with window cleaner. Cover the entire surface of the light with a thick layer of window cleaner and wipe the liquid away with a soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Place the tail light on top of newspaper on a flat surface once all of the liquid has been removed. Put the face mask on to protect yourself from harmful fumes.

  5. 5

    Hold the spray tint 6 to 8 inches from the exterior surface of the rear light. Gently spray an even layer of tint from side to side until the entire surface is covered. Avoid holding the spray in one spot as this can result in puddling or runs.

  6. 6

    Apply additional coats as needed until you reach the desired tint appearance. Allow tint to fully dry before applying additional layers.

  7. 7

    Reattach rear light to the car and drive as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • Some cars require socket wrenches to remove rear lights.

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