I tinted the tail lights with Nightshades tail light tint. If done properly this can be a very successful tint without the heavy expense of going to the body shop for them to paint the tail lights. I don't care to much for window tint on my tails either. I have done this to several vehicles and I am getting better at it on every set. This is my best set done yet.
Items you will need will be:
Your choice of clear coat. I used Krylon Fusion Clear
2000 grit sand paper wet/dry
Something to hold water in (bucket)
Buffing/rubbing compound (I used 3m)
Wax (I used Turtle Wax...I had it laying around)
Something to lay the tail lights on while painting
100% cotton terry cloths
All items can be purchased at your local auto parts store.
1. Take the tail lights out of the vehicle and clean/prep them thoroughly. You can use a degreaser or simply sand them good with the 2000 grit you picked up. I used 2000 grit sand paper and wet sanded all the lights real good to get all the surface crap off of them. If done properly, you won't have any shiny spots on the lights when done and dry. They should look very dull and almost cloudy.
2. Tape off any areas you do not want tint on. I taped off the reverse light section on the tail lights so that they would stay clear. I usually tape off the cargo bed lights also, however didn't want them for this truck. Once finished, place the lights on something that you can spray on. You don't want this stuff on your garage floor or anything for that matter. Be sure to wipe off the lights one final time with either acetone or a tac cloth of some sort. I just used a damp cloth to pick up any dust or whatever before I sprayed them. However I waited for the lights to be completely dry to the touch also.
3. Before using the Nightshades tint be sure to shake the can well for about 1-2 minutes vigorously. Begin spraying the Nightshades tail light tint in a smooth sweeping spray pattern from one side of the tail light to the other side. Keep the can about 6 inches from the tail light surface. Move quick enough to not get any runs in the tint spray, but slow enough to get a good layer down on the light. If you wish to practice just find something to spray it on, so you know how it lays down. If you want multiple coats, you can lay as many as you like. It says on the can to do no more than three coats, however I know several people who used about six coats and you can still see the lights through the paint. After each coat, wait for the tint to flash so that the paint won't run. Wait about five minutes between coats that way you can lay down another even coat without having any imperfections at the first step. I only used two even coats on my lights. I don't want them completely blacked out. I just wanted a dark smoked color. After you've laid down the amount of coats you wish, wait about 3 hours before continuing.