I really want to do something with the rear reflector that stretches from one taillight to the other, but shaving is not an option since i'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to body work. Anybody have any ideas?
the only thing I've seen that actually looks good is tinting the taillights. And you have to do all of them, not just the center section. You use R/C car window tint and spray it on, then put on tons of gloss coat and buff it until it shines. It gives you the same taillight look that the 3rd gen RX-7's have where the tails kinda blend into the car themselves and look completely killer when they're on.
I'm not really experienced with it either, and I still managed to do a damn good job of shaving it...the rear reflector, well, I think it looked pretty damn good until you sat there right next to it and stared at it. there were a few small spots that didn't come out as I wanted it to. See for yourself.
I was going to have a piece of something welded in there so that the taillights didn't stick out like they do there. Had I known it was going to look like that I would have just taped off the reflector and painted it red. But you'll notice I also shaved the Escort GT and Ford Emblems at the same time.
While I'm talking about it, here's something I did that I was extremely proud of, I even wow'd my brother (which is hard to do) with how well this shaving turned out.
Took me about a week or two to do, 5 minutes to tear off the ford emblem, 15 minutes to bondo, 3 days to sand, 10 minutes to refill any spots, 3 more days to sand, a day and a half to primer 3 coats, then 3 more days to paint it with 2 coats. It was really fun though, and I brushed up on the art of body filler.
even though james did a nice job, you can see on the back that your eye wants to follow a line from the top of the tail lights across the rear hatch. by taking the reflector out, you kinda kill the line and I think it loses some of its features. That's exactly why I am an advocate of painting, but not removing.
You create a unifying theme by painting it all black. I think it would look nice.
you'll end up scratching the hell out of the covers, or break them. All they do is lessen the amount of light coming from your taillamps...tinting them keeps the same amount of light visible, covers don't.
if that question about the paint is to me... then the stuff I'd use is actually used to tint the Lexan body covers of RC cars. You can find it in any hobby shop. It's pretty expensive, but you wont need much of it. I'd also clearcoat the hell out of it, and proceed to buff it shltless.
If you don't want to paint it you can go to a sticker shop and get some vinyl the same color as your car and use that to cover the area. Then if you didn't like the look you could remove it very easily as well.
heres the Niteshades spray tint...it was done on a 2001 Dodge Neon SE
heres the Original tails off the same neon ( we have three sets )
and now the moment youve all been waiting for...THE ALTEEZAS OH NO
*and yes those 'blue lights' are his Back up lights...blue strobes alright i guess if you like that sort of thing*
well anyways the first two are the niteshades spray tint, and the original. Why my brother went rice???? idk, and if u saw the muffler youd laugh :lol: . FYI that bottle of niteshades was bought here in Wood Dale IL over at APG performance. Now im sure youll find it online or in rice shops, it works good. It painted a 3rd tail, neon tails, then a set of Tacoma turn signals, and tails, including the third tail light. So you guys can make the choice
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