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Making Your Vehicle Stand Out with Headlight Tinting

Making Your Vehicle Stand Out with Headlight Tinting

Every car enthusiast Making Your Vehicle Stand Out with Headlight Tintingwants their vehicle to stand out from the crowd. One sure-fire way to accomplish this, and without spending a lot of money, is with headlight tinting. There are a full range of tinting color options from light smoked to neon yellow that will have your car turning heads. However, the pros and cons of headlight tinting should be weighed before proceeding.

Headlight Tinting Pros
• Increases the vehicle’s visual appeal.
• Protects the headlight from scratching and oxidation caused by road debris, dust and UV rays.
• In some cases, such as using a high-contrasting color like yellow, tinting headlights can improve visibility.

Headlight Tinting Cons
• Can be dangerous by reducing the effectiveness of the light at illuminating the road way and making the vehicle less visible to other drivers and pedestrians.
• Is illegal in some states.
• A bad choice of color will have the opposite effect of increasing the vehicle’s appeal.

Once you have decided that you want to go ahead, tinting your headlights is not a very difficult process. However, the DIY tinting process does take a fair amount of time with most of that being spent in the prep work. As with windows, tinting headlights can be accomplished with either a film or spray. Here are the steps.

How to Tint Headlights with Film

Needed supplies:
• Heat Gun
• Razor knife
• Small squeegee
• Window cleaner
• Application fluid
• Tinting film

1) Thoroughly clean the surface of the headlight and the surrounding area to remove all traces of dirt and oil. Be sure to use a special cleaner made for tinting applications that will not leave residue.

2) Cut a piece of tinting film with the razor knife that is approximately an inch larger than the headlight.

3) Apply the application fluid to the headlight. The fluid works as a lubricant to allow the film to slide on the headlight for proper positioning and also helps the film to adhere. Be sure to apply fluid to any areas the film may come into contact with.

4) Remove the backing liner from the tinting film and spray some application fluid on the film. This helps to prevent the film from sticking to itself.

5) Place the film on the headlight and slide it into position with the same amount of film overhanging all of edges of the headlight. Here the lubricant allows for easy repositioning of the film.

6) Once the film is in place, spray the tint exterior surface of the film with lubricant to help prevent scratching.

7) Gently push the liquid out from under the film. Start with using your finger, working from one side to the other and then repeat the process with the squeegee. During this process you should see liquid coming out from under the film.

8) Use the heat gun to shrink and set the film in place. To avoid damaging the film, keep the gun moving and six to eight inches away from the surface.

9) Use the razor knife to trim the excess film from the sides of the headlights.

10) Allow the film to cure for at least 30 minutes before driving the vehicle.

How to Tint Headlights with Spray Tint

Needed supplies:
• Window cleaner
• Application fluid
• Face mask
• Safety glasses
• Masking Tape
• Newspaper
• Spray tint. Note: Be sure to chose a spray that is specifically designed for use on headlamps and follow the manufacture's instructions for best results.
• Clear coat

1) Thoroughly clean the surface of the headlight and the surrounding area with cleaner to remove all traces of dirt and oil. Be sure to use a cleaner made for tinting applications that will not leave residue.

2) Mask around the headlight with the newspaper and masking tape, being sure to cover all surrounding areas that will not be tinted.

3) Shake the tint spray can well. After putting on the face mask and safety glasses, hold the can vertically and apply a light tack coat. Be sure to keep the can moving, in a side-to-side motion, to avoid runs.

4) Allow the tack coat to dry. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how long to wait between coats.

5) Apply a the first cover coat and allow to dry. Continue to add coats until the headlight reaches the desired degree of tinting. Bear in mind that a tint coating will darken as it dries.

6) Following the manufactures instructions, apply a tack coat of clear coat, wait for it to dry, and apply a base coat.

7) Remove the tape after allowing the clear coat to dry according to the manufactures instructions.

A Word of Warning
Always beware of used auto parts and supplies. While it is always tempting when an opportunity to save money comes along, buying used auto parts and supplies is always a gamble and almost always not worth the risk. If you get a bad item, you will have wasted both the money you spent and the time you invested and you will have to pay out a second time while having to perform the labor twice. It is far better to be safe and spend the little extra the first time around to guarantee quality.
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