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Old 02-18-2012, 07:21 AM
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Tinting Tail Lights

So I'm trying to remove the tail lights to have them painted (smoked) but for some reason the small rectangular lights won't come out, seems like they are glued.

Has anyone done this at all? Do you have any idea on how to remove it?




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Old 02-18-2012, 03:45 PM
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:14 PM
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I don't know how to take that part out. If I was you I would just use film. You dont have to remove the tail light, it is cheap and easy to do, and when you sell your car or get tired of it it comes off easily.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:17 PM
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I don't know how to take that part out. If I was you I would just use film. You dont have to remove the tail light, it is cheap and easy to do, and when you sell your car or get tired of it it comes off easily.
Well I'm going to paint the front ones for sure maybe one or two coats but I might use tint on the tails. Where can I get the tint?

Honestly I like the paint better since its much cleaner and it's free so...
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:26 PM
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Its a lot of work to get those lights out. You have to take the inside of the trunk lid apart, then you have to take the license plate holder off, then you have to take the center light out, then those other lights will become accessible.


Take a look at these links:

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6...for_trunk_lid/

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6...nk_lid_centre/

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6..._in_trunk_lid/
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Its a lot of work to get those lights out. You have to take the inside of the trunk lid apart, then you have to take the license plate holder off, then you have to take the center light out, then those other lights will become accessible.


Take a look at these links:

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6...for_trunk_lid/

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6...nk_lid_centre/

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E6..._in_trunk_lid/
I did take all apart yesterday, the white lights came out but the red ones seem to be glued its really hard to take them out so I just put all together till I figure out what to do. Most probably I'll paint them while they are on the car.

Thanks a lot for the links they are very helpful
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:36 PM
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If you can't get them out you have not taken enough of the trunk lid apart. There is one piece that both are attached to via three snap together type connections each. If you take out the piece that they are attached to you will see what I'm talking about.
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***CORRECTION***

I believe that piece that those trunk lights are attached to is piece #15 in the trunk lid diagram. CORRECTION - there TWO piece #15's in the trunk lid that need to come out. Those lights are attached to those piececes via three clips each. The clips holding them in are #7 in that same diagram.
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I believe that piece that those trunk lights are attached to is piece #15 in the trunk lid diagram. The diagram only shows half of the piece. Those lights are attached to that piece via three clips each.
Oh ok I'm going to go to the shop tomorrow and will try to take them off again I have to pay extra attention to the diagram to make sure I don't brake anything
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Why not just tape off around them like crazy so nothing else gets sprayed?
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Damn I wish I could help you bro! Keif took my tail lights and headlights off so I can take it to my paint guy. I immediately removed the tint of my headlights. It looked cheap and the headlights got dim. Painting them is the way to go. I've tinted mine before to see how I would like It prior to painting it. But you have a shop and you a paint guy so who cares! I must have played around with my lights and trims so much since I don't pay much for it.
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Why not just tape off around them like crazy so nothing else gets sprayed?
Ya if I can't take them off that's what I will do
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:57 PM
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Damn I wish I could help you bro! Keif took my tail lights and headlights off so I can take it to my paint guy. I immediately removed the tint of my headlights. It looked cheap and the headlights got dim. Painting them is the way to go. I've tinted mine before to see how I would like It prior to painting it. But you have a shop and you a paint guy so who cares! I must have played around with my lights and trims so much since I don't pay much for it.
Thanks man. Ya bro I'll paint them for sure. I'll find a way if I can't take them off I'll just cover and then paint
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:59 PM
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I did used film and tinted my taillights while still on the car. Check it out here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...500&highlight=

I was unsatisfied with my edges so I took the lights off and re-tinted them. You can see the re-tinted taillights here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...248&highlight=


In person its a huge difference because there are no tiny bits of red showing through in the corners and all my edges are super clean. Initially I was going to paint the lights using the VHT Nightshade, a few coats of clear, and some compound, I bought the paint and everything. However I'm totally satisfied with the way the film looks, and I can take it off if I ever need or want to.
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I did used film and tinted my taillights while still on the car. Check it out here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...500&highlight=

I was unsatisfied with my edges so I took the lights off and re-tinted them. You can see the re-tinted taillights here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...248&highlight=


In person its a huge difference because there are no tiny bits of red showing through in the corners and all my edges are super clean. Initially I was going to paint the lights using the VHT Nightshade, a few coats of clear, and some compound, I bought the paint and everything. However I'm totally satisfied with the way the film looks, and I can take it off if I ever need or want to.

Ya man I have the pix of your 7 saved in my phone because I want mine to look just like that. One question tho, where did you get the tints from? Are they already cut or what?!

And if I can make one suggestion... You should debadge man. Take the 745 off the car to give the rear a clean look. Im doing that to mine too.
Oh and the from lip!! Lol I got too excited and bought one today hope it fits well and looks good haha
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Besides reducing the visibility of your brake lights. What's the purpose? To get rear ended because someone can't see your brake lights.

I can't count the amount of times I have almost rear ended someone because they tinted them so dark I couldn't see them. Nor could any of the other passengers in my car.

Thank god I have great brakes.
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Besides reducing the visibility of your brake lights. What's the purpose? To get rear ended because someone can't see your brake lights.

I can't count the amount of times I have almost rear ended someone because they tinted them so dark I couldn't see them. Nor could any of the other passengers in my car.

Thank god I have great brakes.
You have a valid point but the 7 is not a civic and we are not 16 lol
I like to paint them a little but just to give them a better look. I usually do one or two coats of paint and 3 or 4 to the headlights and they look amazing. They don't fade away which is another plus. As far as visibility, I do 3 coats of paint on the back and even tho it's dark you still can see the lights perfectly but more than anything its a preference thing I guess
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So how do you paint them? What do you use to do it?
Just regular black BMW paint. I did that to my last car too (black cts-v) and after 1 to 4 coats of paint (number coats depend on how dark I want) I use 3 to 4 coats of clear and after a couple of days polish and it looks factory lol I'll post some pix of the last process today.
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Besides reducing the visibility of your brake lights. What's the purpose? To get rear ended because someone can't see your brake lights.

I can't count the amount of times I have almost rear ended someone because they tinted them so dark I couldn't see them. Nor could any of the other passengers in my car.

Thank god I have great brakes.
I have 20% tint and the light shines through just fine in the day and in the night. I have had local cops and the California Highway Patrol behind me several times and they haven't bothered me.
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Some guys on here seem to think that by tinting your taillights you are not able to see the red lights when you brake.

Maybe the ones some members are talking about actually had problems with their actual brake light and not because they were tinted.
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Ya man I have the pix of your 7 saved in my phone because I want mine to look just like that. One question tho, where did you get the tints from? Are they already cut or what?!

And if I can make one suggestion... You should debadge man. Take the 745 off the car to give the rear a clean look. Im doing that to mine too.
Oh and the from lip!! Lol I got too excited and bought one today hope it fits well and looks good haha
I bought the film from Autozone. It's 20% and cost $20 for a good long roll. It wasn't pre-cut. I have been contemplating the idea of debadging, I think I will when I decide on a body kit. I keep going back and forth on wether to do just an ACS style front lip or a whole body kit. I'm going to do something soon though.
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So how do you paint them? What do you use to do it?
If you DIY I would recommend using VHT Nighshade or Rust-Oleum Lense Tint. Both are translucent paint for this very purpose. Look up VHT Nightshade on YouTube and you'll find a few videos explaining the process.
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I bought the film from Autozone. It's 20% and cost $20 for a good long roll. It wasn't pre-cut. I have been contemplating the idea of debadging, I think I will when I decide on a body kit. I keep going back and forth on wether to do just an ACS style front lip or a whole body kit. I'm going to do something soon though.
yeah man that would give your rear end a way cleaner look. I also got the acs front lip, nut just the front. The rear bumper is fine imo since the bottom has that cover for the exhaust it gives it a body kity (lol thats not even a word huh) look. Im painting my whole car next week and will paint the door pillars and stuff too so hopefully I get the lip on time.
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