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Unread 11-21-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Smoked Out Tail Lights?

I'm looking into options for smoked out rear tail lights and turn signal reflector covers for a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Any suggestions on a good manufacturer or online retailer? It's getting old sifting through inaccurate eBay postings with those key words...Thanks!

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Unread 11-21-2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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Do it yourself. Go to NAPA or whatever and get a product called VHT Niteshades. Spray on, clear coat, all done

Just don't do so much that you can't see the light!
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Unread 11-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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Why would you want to make your tail lights darker so they're harder to see/notice by drunk or distracted drivers? Is this one of those form-over-function style-concern only things?
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Unread 11-21-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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^^ right, i guess we shouldn't paint our vehicle any colour either because its too distracting or maybe we should put hundreds of reflectors all over the car.... why are you trying to justify drunk and distracted drivers? you can see the lights perfectly through the tint and if you cant then you shouldn't be driving.

@OP use VHT nightshade. i wouldn't go past 3-4 light coats though. i did 4 coats on my ranger and mine are nice and black and you can still see the lights perfectly.

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Unread 11-21-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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^^ right, i guess we shouldn't paint our vehicle any colour either because its too distracting or maybe we should put hundreds of reflectors all over the car.... why are you trying to justify drunk and distracted drivers? you can see the lights perfectly through the tint and if you cant then you shouldn't be driving.]
What? I am trying to justify drunk and distracted drivers? What? How did my being concerned with them noticing darkened brake and tail lights as easily become justifying drunk and distracted drivers? That is what is defined as a real stretch.

Let me guess... you're 16-17 and you know it all already. My 21 year old son already knows it all too.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 06:22 PM   #6
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Im with Jerry on this. There is legal requirements and specs to how bright the various lights have to be on a vehicle. Spraying the turn/brake lenses with paint to make them darker may look cool, but may also reduce the effectiveness of alerting drivers to your actions. I'm waiting on the day when it makes the news, that a litigation attorney sues someone for painting over their brake lights, and causing their client to rear end the defendant.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 09:26 PM   #7
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I'm with Jerry on this too. I upgraded to high output LEDs after I almost got rear ended by a semi because my tail lights were coated in a bit of dirt reducing there output and he didn't see me braking. Now my buddy says he sees spots after sitting behind me at a light.
If you want to black out your lights and replace the Bulldog on the hood of a semi for an ornament go right ahead....weeds out the herd.
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Unread 11-24-2011, 07:21 AM   #8
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Be careful! I do not know about your state and I see people blacking out their headlights and taillights all the time here where I live, but it is illegal to blackout your headlights and taillights in a lot of states including Florida where I reside.
I do agree with Mr. Jerry that it could be a safety issue and I do not see the need for it.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #9
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If you have to black out the lights, (you shouldn't) spray the inside of the lens. this way you won't have to worry about buffing the paint to a high gloss and you"ll get the same visual results and weather wont effect the paint. upgrade the bulbs to the brightest you can get (extra bright LED's?) so the people behind you might have a chance.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #10
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Yea use the auto zone spray if you want to do it or some shops have like a tint vinyl you can put on the lights, but make sure its legal in your state I know here if you get rear ended with tint its your fault not the person that hit you.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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Wow! It seems around here that if u want to make a modification to ur jeep and someone doesn't like it, they bash u for it. Now I don't personally have my tailights smoked, but that doesn't mean imma bash someone who does. There's a lot of mods I see people do that I personally wouldnt do in a million years, but I'm not gonna talk down on them. For example: I don't like all the fog lights or jacked up ZJs, but I don't say anything.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 07:05 PM   #12
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Wow! It seems around here that if u want to make a modification to ur jeep and someone doesn't like it, they bash u for it.
Only reason the guys getting bashed is because doing anything to your tail or headlights is a major safety issue and in many places ILLEGAL on anything but show vehicles. I've almost rear ended a few idiots that have blacked out lights because you can see their lights.
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Smoked tail lights are not illegal, especially not in California (and California is basically the worst state for these kinds of things). If your lights emit a visible red light then it's legal. There's plenty of ways to smoke tail lights safely, although I prefer them to be red.. High intensity LED bulbs can help out a lot. A good high intensity LED bulb will be notably brighter than the OEM incandescent..

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I've almost rear ended a few idiots that have blacked out lights because you can see their lights.
CAN or can't? Either way it would partially be your fault because you failed to brake with an obstacle in front of you...
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Smoked tail lights are not illegal, especially not in California (and California is basically the worst state for these kinds of things). If your lights emit a visible red light then it's legal. There's plenty of ways to smoke tail lights safely, although I prefer them to be red.. High intensity LED bulbs can help out a lot. A good high intensity LED bulb will be notably brighter than the OEM incandescent..



CAN or can't? Either way it would partially be your fault because you failed to brake with an obstacle in front of you...
Ok so I forgot the " 't" my bad. Like someone stated above if you get rear ended and your lights are smoked your the one at fault not the one that hit you. I upgraded to HI Leds in my Jeep because I had some dirt on my lights from a trip and almost became a hood ornament to an 18 wheeler. I'd rather be seen on the road than look cool thank you.

Just looked and the blacked out lights clause was not in this thread but I've seen it somewhere in a post on this forum. And FWIW lots of the highways and roads up here are not lit with streetlights every 100 feet. I've been driving on the highway at night and not seen a vehicle in front of me till my headlights were illuminating it. He did have tail lights but with the smoke tint it all but nullified their usefulness.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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There's plenty of ways to smoke tail lights safely, although I prefer them to be red.
You said it right there...safely. Problem is too many idiots put fancy covers over the lenses after they have blackened them right out which even further reduces their effectiveness.
Too bad it's going to take someone getting killed over it to make them change...I hope it's not someones baby it takes to do it.
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