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How to make custom TYC Tail lights

List of things you need:
A small can of bondo body filler with hardener
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Bondo glazing and spot putty
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Primer
Coarse/medium/fine sand paper *optional power sander
Masking tape
Paint/clear coat
Face mask *optional
Gloves
Rubbing alcohol
clean wet towel and dry towel
Silicone
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For this project you will need TYC tail lights. I used a flathead screwdriver and i started to pry it open the plastic cover on the edges and if it breaks then just do it again on another side, until u have enough space to grab the lens and pry the rest out. The extra little parts that were still on there that was hard to get off, i just sanded that down. The red lenses are sealed in there you have to take a razor or something thin and carefully cut around the edges while pushing with your finger from the back of the light or you could use a wide diameter stick that will fit in the hole and stuff in like a cloth in there so you will not damage it while you push it out by having the one end of the stick on the ground and using a lot of force pushing downwards until the red lens pops out...try this at your own risk though...but i think this red lens can handle a lot of force push on it.I removed the red lens so I wont scratch or get anything on them. Make sure you keep track of which lens goes to which tail light, like as shown in the next picture.

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I taped off the chrome reflector that was behind the red lens, and I marked the red lens and tail lamps so I know which lens goes to what.

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Start sanding down the tail lamp using coarse sand paper until it looks like this.

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Start it out by spreading bondo on the tail lamp evenly and make sure not to get it in the circular part or you will end up doing more sanding. Do not mix a lot of bondo, do it a little at time or you will not have enough time to use it all before it hardens within 5-7 minutes. It should look like this after your done.

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I forgot to take a picture of it sanded down, but start sanding it off with coarse sandpaper, then medium, then fine, if you have a power sander then use it for the coarse sanding part and the rest should be done by hand…and it should be smooth by the time u get done sanding it. There will be little indents, you will need the bondo glazing and spot putty, start spreading that evenly in light coats and wait 10-15 minutes until it hardens.

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Start sanding it down again with coarse sandpaper then medium then fine and it should look like this. Then wash it off with a wet towel and clean it off with alcohol to remove all oils on the lamp then dry it off with a clean dry towel.
I forgot to take a picture of it primered but, primer it and sand it down, then clean it off again after its dry.


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Now get it painted, and it should look like this except for the color and tape behind the lens…Now silicone the back of the lens and put it back in place, and your done. I got my paint from a store called McHenry’s and they put PPG color matched paint (UV Blue) in a spray can for me. Here’s what it looked like:
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I have never done anything like this before, so if i could do it so can you. Thanks to blk8_9eclipse for the help on getting me started on this. Good luck.
 

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You should have done a better job on sanding it. Should have wet sanded with a fine grit a few times. Looks choppy.
 
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thanks for telling me that,i was wondering how i can make it even more better then that and total number of hours i have sanded this was prob a days worth on this one tail light but, i am working on the other one and i will get around to it
 

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Good job tho Chris! they still look hot, but np's right, sand them some more. I know its tiring and you're ready for the finished product, but sand them some more.
The ''finished, finished'' product will impress you even more

EREP BUDDY!
 

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I would suggest expanding on the disassembly portion (first steps that you sort of skipped over in the How-To) since thats the biggest question everyone always asks about.

As far as final product, I think it looks horrible and the sanding and finish you did couldn't possibly look worse. Why did you rush it?? Go back and spend more time on it. If you're going to do it, do it right.
 

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I would suggest expanding on the disassembly portion (first steps that you sort of skipped over in the How-To) since thats the biggest question everyone always asks about.

As far as final product, I think it looks horrible and the sanding and finish you did couldn't possibly look worse. Why did you rush it?? Go back and spend more time on it. If you're going to do it, do it right.
:agreed: If it doesn't feel smooth to your hand and fingers, it needs more work. Prep-work is a pain, but in a way reminds me of surfing ;)
 

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I've got an e-rep waiting for you once you explain the disassembly! Great how-to, just missing the 1st steps. And congrats on your first custom taillight mod! Looks GREAT for a 1st job. I'm sure your next one/s will be that much better! The 1st one is always a learning process.

Did you bake the clear lens off? If so, temp/time? I assume the clear lens will not be used again?
You mention popping the red lenses out the back of the housing. Does that mean (if the lights were mounted on the car) toward the front bumper or the rear bumper?
 

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When you clean the board with sand until its smooth to the touch ;)

I've got an e-rep waiting for you once you explain the disassembly! Great how-to, just missing the 1st steps. And congrats on your first custom taillight mod! Looks GREAT for a 1st job. I'm sure your next one/s will be that much better! The 1st one is always a learning process.

Did you bake the clear lens off? If so, temp/time? I assume the clear lens will not be used again?
You mention popping the red lenses out the back of the housing. Does that mean (if the lights were mounted on the car) toward the front bumper or the rear bumper?
Ditto!
 

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Yea it doesnt look all that good. If you want a better service start out by cutting out the area in front of the lense not the entire lense. Just cut the circles out
 

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I've got an e-rep waiting for you once you explain the disassembly! Great how-to, just missing the 1st steps. And congrats on your first custom taillight mod! Looks GREAT for a 1st job. I'm sure your next one/s will be that much better! The 1st one is always a learning process.

Did you bake the clear lens off? If so, temp/time? I assume the clear lens will not be used again?
You mention popping the red lenses out the back of the housing. Does that mean (if the lights were mounted on the car) toward the front bumper or the rear bumper?


When you clean the board with sand until its smooth to the touch ;)



Ditto!
No I did not bake the lens off, it would of prob. melted the whole tail light if i did. I used a flathead screwdriver and i started to pry it open the plastic cover on the edges and if it breaks then just do it again on another side, until u have enough space to grab the lens and pry the rest out. The extra little parts that were still on there that was hard to get off, i just sanded that down. The red lenses are sealed in there you have to take a razor or something thin and carefully cut around the edges while pushing with your finger from the back of the light or you could use a wide diameter stick that will fit in the hole and stuff in like a cloth in there so you will not damage it while you push it out by having the one end of the stick on the ground and using a lot of force pushing downwards until the red lens pops out...try this at your own risk though...but i think this red lens can handle a lot of force push on it.

how did you remove the clear plastic cover without breaking it?
I didn't i broke it into pieces, because i didn't need that piece anyways.
 

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I would suggest expanding on the disassembly portion (first steps that you sort of skipped over in the How-To) since thats the biggest question everyone always asks about.

As far as final product, I think it looks horrible and the sanding and finish you did couldn't possibly look worse. Why did you rush it?? Go back and spend more time on it. If you're going to do it, do it right.

Ok I will..and thanks for the advice...i actually did not rush this at all, i spent prob. like a few hours 3 times a week at least, just taking little steps at a time. This is my first attempt ever experimenting with this kind of stuff, but the more practice the better.
 

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Why does everyone think this is so hard to do??? I took a set of TYCs and dremel'd out the clear lense part above the 2 red domes that house light bulbs and then filled in the void between the clear lease and the chrome housing. From there it is maticulous hours of sanding and priming and then painting.

I dont know why everyone is making this out to be so hard.

Get TYCs and cut clear lense out over the 2 red domes that house bulbs with dremel. Hand sand edges to a smooth finish.

Apply bondo (I used a material called Icing which is great for smaller projects like this) to the crack between the clear lense and the chrome housing.

Sand until smooth and then apply tape to the red domes. Spray with primer and then smooth again until no ridges or valleys are present. Do a final sand with a finer grit sand paper so the paint will lay better.



Paint and then wet sand and then clear and wet sand.
*Note this is a photoshop, the actual lights have not been painted yet*


Its that easy. It just takes time and patients. Anyone can do it. I dont know why people think this is hard, and why they have to pop off the clear lense and bondo the hell outa these lights.

Happy customizing.
 

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hmm... i didn't think that having the lens would work..but good to know.I was wondering how you got it so smooth.
 

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Nice job guys i'll be lookin into something similar. i'm going to take my chrome tail lights and do a tint spray on the chrome. It will give it a shiny steel, black chrome look. Seen it on a civic and looked sick
 

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erep for taking the time to write this up but holy damn, ugly skills on the bondo work.
 
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If I was to do this though, I would want the plastic lense with the color match underneath. I'm not pic on the whole faux skyline type look it gives with the two small circles and no outline.

Its just my personal preference but until I take the time to cut the lense off my set of TYC's, this is def the best option on colormatching the tails.
 
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