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    Default blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    Hey guys

    What's everybodys thoughts on tinted grand prix tail lights? the older w bodys and newer? I personally think it looks good but can look bad if done wrong.
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    If you like people not being able to see your tail lights, go for it.

    The only way I'd ever "tint" a set tail lights is with automotive black paint mixed in with some clear coat. It's more or less a black shadow look to offset the red housing.

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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    yea exactly, i think it depends on the car honestly. Some can have them look great but others not so much. The grand prixs??ehhhhh i kinda like it
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    Also depends how often you like being pulled over by the police, lots of jurisdictions have laws against tinted tails. Mine are professionally tinted and fairly dark and I've been pulled over a couple of times-- I just tell the cops that they came that way when I bought the car and they seem to think I meant from factory and leave me alone.
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    guy i bought my car from had tinted the tails with window tint film. Too dark for my tastes. I swapped in a set of spyder LED tails instead.
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    I did mine with VHT and a lot of wet sanding, but the wife saw mine next to a stock silver 04 and now she absolutely loves how dark they are.

    Which is stupid dark. VVVVVVVV

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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    Kinda like others, I think it depends on the GP. Color, accessories and such play into it. Overall, looks good but can come out bad, imho.

    Have you looked at other tail lights for 04+?

    Had some on the '99 that were ok. Altezza style..? Can't remember brand etc, but inside was gunmetal.

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    I did, and my mod was $10 in paint and $5 in sandpaper. lol

    I am not really a fan of the LED tails anyways, I'd rather have a block of diffused LEDs that look like its all one bulb, rather than a bunch of little bright dots. Personal opinion.

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    I did, and my mod was $10 in paint and $5 in sandpaper. lol

    I am not really a fan of the LED tails anyways
    Agreed. Expensive, and some LEDs really do look terrible.

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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    And with the whole less-light-output deal, I picked up some ultra-bright LED 3057s from the local parts store, more than bright enough even through tint.

    Still undecided on whether to sand the backup lamp bar just where the bulbs shine through, or get HID backup lamps... But it still looks so much better than yellow, sun-faded blech.

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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    I liked it until the sun was out and people wouldn't see the brake lights.

    No thanks.

    New set of OEM tails with new headlight capsules and whatever style corner lens you want goes a long way. Only tint I do anymore is window/brow tint.
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    This is how my tails looked when I first did them


    This is parking lights on


    As you can see, even as dark as they were the halogen taillights were still visible. I ended up buffing them out and lightened them up a bit in the process, but they still look world's better than the red.
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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    Guess I took for granted this car hangs out in the lot. The tail light covers look good on it, imo. (sry about the quality, kinda far away)


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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    I had tinted tails on both my GTP's. I really liked the look back then, but nowadays I'm not really into it.




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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by WarStryker13 View Post
    And with the whole less-light-output deal, I picked up some ultra-bright LED 3057s from the local parts store, more than bright enough even through tint.

    Still undecided on whether to sand the backup lamp bar just where the bulbs shine through, or get HID backup lamps... But it still looks so much better than yellow, sun-faded blech.
    Use the 10 dollar paint and paint the reverse bar black like I did. Fck reverse lights.

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    Default Re: blacked out/smoked/tinted tail lights on grand prix 97-04 /04 - Thoughts?

    It's already black. lol

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