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Old 06-11-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Blacked out lights

I just blacked out my front turn signals and tail lights today. I didn't have enough time to do my side signals but those will get done next weekend. Next up? Tinted windows and black rims.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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You better check your local codes, it looks like a violation to me. It would be in FL.

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Old 06-11-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the concern. I believe that they are technically illegal. I rolled with blacked out tails on my last car for over 3.5 years without any trouble. Worst case: I wipe them clean again.
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I would definitely check the code on the brake lights. Around my area, I would be pulled over in a heart beat if I did that to my brake lights. Side markers and turn signals, even if they do have codes on them aren't enforced as much but brake lights will get you pulled over quickly. Here even if you get a crack you have to at least put red tape on the lens and has to be red.
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Looks good man! I agree with you, keep it the way it is till your told to change it. How did you go about doing it by the way?
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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Lights are for seeing and to BE SEEN, they may look cool but if I rear end you, please just give me your checkbook and Jeep. And work the rest of your life to pay for my injuries. Some things should not be messed with, and safety is one of them on the top of my list.

Clean'm off dude!
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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Yah yah I am an old fart, but I have a Jeep so that makes me a cool old fart.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:54 PM   #8
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I want to see a pic of them blacked out and lit up if you can.
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I would love to know how you did that. That looks freaking awesome.
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:42 PM   #10
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...just sayin'
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:50 PM   #11
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Just googled how to blackout your tail lights and found tons of stuff( imagine that ). Did you use nite shade?
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Yah yah I am an old fart, but I have a Jeep so that makes me a cool old fart.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:07 AM   #13
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it seems the whole tj crowd has done this and no on complained but as soon as a JK guy did it. OH NO!

Its okay, as long as your leave the whites white and you can still see visible red light through the lense for both braking and turning, then you are okay. obviously you didnt leave the whites but, oh well...

at least thats PA from what I have researched.
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WOW! Some of these folks are wound pretty tight. That's hilarious! Anyway, it is an easy process to do. I used VHT Nite Shades brand. It can be used in 1 layer for a "smoked" look or multiple coats all the way up to complete black(no light gets through).
-remove lights. Clean with water and dish soap. Dry.
-Sand/wet sand with 800 grit sandpaper(get all shiny plastic scuffed up)
-Spray desired layers of Nite Shades. (GO LIGHT LAYERS!)
-If desired, buff with 1500 grit auto body sandpaper. Repeat with 2000 grit auto body sandpaper.
-If desired, polish with an orbital buffer(for cars!) with an auto body polishing compound.

I only did the first 3 steps on mine. I've done the whole process on my last car and it is tedious and time consuming but you can make the lights look like a factory finish.

No let's see how many folks get their knickers in a knot over the write-up.
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WOW! Some of these folks are wound pretty tight. That's hilarious!

No let's see how many folks get their knickers in a knot over the write-up.
No Shit....

TJ guy here. I did my tail lights. I painted on the inside of the lens. Only cleaning with water and soap and then some rubbing alcohol to clean off any residue.

I like em...and OP I think they look good.

Now someone lecture me please.....

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No Shit....

TJ guy here. I did my tail lights. I painted on the inside of the lens. Only cleaning with water and soap and then some rubbing alcohol to clean off any residue.

I like em...and OP I think they look good.

Now someone lecture me please.....
(In my very best old lady voice )
Now sunny ......
Youuuu know better ....
Than this ...
iim a little sad ...
What if something happens to you cause we can't see your lights ?????
Now go clean it of .
Don't get mad and storm off come give nanny a kiss and ......
And the go to bed ???



( p.s. I don't really care that there blacked out I like it )
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I don't get the whole thing of messing with an item that is considered a safety item to make it less safe. If I were going to spend time lovin' my jeep, I'd put that time into something that made it more trail worthy. I'm not sure on this mod...does everybody freak out on the trail when your brake lights go on?
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does everybody freak out on the trail when your brake lights go on?
I don't know. Does every one freak out when your brake lights go on?
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I guess this topic brings out the child in some of us.
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(In my very best old lady voice )
Now sunny ......
Youuuu know better ....
Than this ...
iim a little sad ...
What if something happens to you cause we can't see your lights ?????
Now go clean it of .
Don't get mad and storm off come give nanny a kiss and ......
And the go to bed ???



( p.s. I don't really care that there blacked out I like it )
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WOW! Some of these folks are wound pretty tight. That's hilarious! Anyway, it is an easy process to do. I used VHT Nite Shades brand. It can be used in 1 layer for a "smoked" look or multiple coats all the way up to complete black(no light gets through).
-remove lights. Clean with water and dish soap. Dry.
-Sand/wet sand with 800 grit sandpaper(get all shiny plastic scuffed up)
-Spray desired layers of Nite Shades. (GO LIGHT LAYERS!)
-If desired, buff with 1500 grit auto body sandpaper. Repeat with 2000 grit auto body sandpaper.
-If desired, polish with an orbital buffer(for cars!) with an auto body polishing compound.

I only did the first 3 steps on mine. I've done the whole process on my last car and it is tedious and time consuming but you can make the lights look like a factory finish.

No let's see how many folks get their knickers in a knot over the write-up.
Damn that's a lot of work just to put sunglasses on ur JEEP. again my knickers are fine, I just expressed myself, my opinion. Time for old fart to go nite nite, over and out!
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Took me 2 and a half hours to take lights out and put back in Use vht night shades and a clearcoat very easy I did 2 coats not 3 so not completely blacked out
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Safety first, people. I honestly dont even get why you think it looks good but that part's just my opinion. What isn't opinion, is that they light up for a reason. Duuuuuhhhhhh.....
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I'm glad I didn't do my tail lights. Besides being a safety issue, it just looks weird.
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If you only do 2 coats you can't even tell the difference at night
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I like the look. How visible is it during the day? I would think it should be tested in the day to make sure it can be seen. I see a lot of cars and trucks with blacked out tail lights that I can't see when driving towards the sun.
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I like the look. How visible is it during the day? I would think it should be tested in the day to make sure it can be seen. I see a lot of cars and trucks with blacked out tail lights that I can't see when driving towards the sun.

Exactly. Can't understand why people would even consider such a thing when others safety is at sake. Defending this doesn't make it right when I'm behind someone in the daylight and can't see they hit their brakes because the light is too dim in bright lights. If this wasn't a safety issue then someone would make them for sell. There is a reason you can't buy tail lights darked out. I don't see much of an issue with the parking lights because at night they should be fine and they aren't used during the day but the brake lights is an important need during the daytime and night.

Why not go ahead and black out the headlights if it doesn't effect the light output.
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How did you get those front blinker lights off?

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