Someone asks me how I tinted my rear tail lights, so here is how Audi A4 Avant - Red Tint your Taillights
NOTICE: Worth reading up what the law is on tinting lights in your country, before tinting!!
Today you have many options to tint lights on your car. I went with Spray can, but I did consider the Rvinyl Performance Film products, but the cost difference between Vinyl and cans was alot, I went the route of spray cans. Vinyl is good if you want to revert back to OEM later on.
Materials required: (if going spray can route!)
- Transparent Candy Red Spray can, Krylon and Testors make them. I ordered 2x Testors 1605 spray cans
- a Clear Coat Enamel spray can I ordered 1 x Testor
- 1000 grit Sand Paper
- Spray mask (Health reasons!)
1- Remove taillights from the vehicle - details of how to do that is below in images
Overview of Taillight set-up on Audi B6 Avant
How to remove Audi B6 Avant taillights
2 - Wash the taillight down with rubbing alcohol and a towel to remove any dirt or dust.
3- Wet Sand the whole taillight with Grit 1000
4- Wash and dry
5- Mask area you do not want to tint with tapes and newspapers (I painted all of my taillights RED, but some people just want to remove the amber signal only leaving reverse light not tinted. FYI: tinting reverse light can be illegal in some places in Europe and US)
6- You can now start to spray a VERY LIGHT coat of transparent candy red. Let dry for at least 20 minutes
7- Spray a 2nd light coat again and wait 20 minutes
8- Spray a 3rd if needed and wait 20 minutes
9- Now wet sand gently again with 1000 grit + wash and dry
10- After sanding, if the red is not uniform, spay the whole taillight with one light coat of candy red and re-sand, if red is uniform skip this step
11- You are now ready to spray one light coat of Clear Coat Enamel and wait 20 minutes
12- 2nd clear coat and 20 minutes
13- 3rd clear coat and 20 minutes
14- If like me you take off your taillight you can now re-install the taillight after 12-24hours min drying time from the last coat.
15- Test the lights to make sure that they show through and are bright enough for other cars to see at night.
TIP" For best results once on the car, use a Polisher or light compound like Meguias #2 or #83 to perfect the clear coat reflection
Now sit back and look how cool your car looks with your new tinted taillights.