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Smoked Headlight Kits or VHT Spray Tint

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Rvinyl.com, Oct 2, 2013.

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Smoked Headlight Kits or Spray Tint

  1. Precut Kits

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  2. Spray Tint

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  1. Rvinyl.com

    Rvinyl.com Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I kind of disappeared after my intro because I got swamped at work. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with smoking out their headlights. It's pretty popular with the tuner community and I seem to have seen a pretty even split. I have my own thoughts on the matter but wanted to open this up for discussion first.

    Here is one of the top sites for the vinyl precut kits: http://www.rvinyl.com/headlight-tints.html

    Here is VHT spray tint: http://www.vhtpaint.com/products/niteshades/
     
  2. Berthfield

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    In my particular position it is a lot less hassle to actually go with the spry tints. I own a car that did not make it to the US and as such ordering mishellenous items like this can be a problem.

    Going with the spray kits also offers a bit of flexibility, I don't have any intention to spray my headlights (having problems with my light output as is already) but I do intend to spray over a gauge I have in the car currently as well my tail-lights; doubt I would be able to accomplish that with a pre-cut kit.
     
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    I see what you're saying about the flexibility and the fact that it may be harder to find a precut kit for your non-USDM car but I still think spray tint has a number of disadvantages.

    1. It is hard to correctly apply without ruining your lights.
    2. If you ever decide you don't like the look of it you will need to buy all new headlights.
    3. You can easily over tint them.

    Precut tint or even just headlight tint film in sheets gives you more flexibility ad the ability to remove the tint without causing permanent damage to your lights.
     
  4. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    The issue with going to dark is an issue. Also around her I think they give tickets for it now. I use to run tinted covers many years ago. I thing that was the best of both worlds in a way. Can be removed and re installed quickly and offered protection to the lights.

    If you spray them and get in trouble with the law you will need to by new lights. With the tint you can remove it. You can also remove it when you go to sell it. That can be huge for some. Having sprayed lights will turn some off the car. Others won't want to spend the money to replace them. If they do they will want to offer you less.

    Is there a pre cut tint that is almost clear that offers uv protection? If so, that might be good for wore out headlights. They could be sanded and polished and then put the film on them. That might keep them looking good longer.

    James
     
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    To be honest I have no intention of selling this car and so the resale value isn't really an issue for me, you both do have a point there about going too dark though. How I see it now the pre-cut kits are shaping out to be the best choice, but if they cannot be had for your particular vehicle then spray version will be a risky/permanent solution.
     
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