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My car came from the dealer with custom tint. The lights aren't really darkened that much to where it becomes a liability, but still looks good. My tint isn't from this that you posted though. If this is what you are looking for in tint for your car, I say go for it.
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My car came from the dealer with custom tint. The lights aren't really darkened that much to where it becomes a liability, but still looks good. My tint isn't from this that you posted though. If this is what you are looking for in tint for your car, I say go for it.
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Yes that's exactly what I'm going for! It looks pretty blacked out in the picture. Do you know the vendor or website that the dealer got it from or no?
 

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I got it re-done from a local company last year after my first accident. You could e-mail them and see what they can do for you, but I am across the nation from you, so it may not be feasible for you. Worth a shot either way.

The company's name is Auto FX Inc. They are located in Tacoma, WA. Their website is Auto FX.

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I got it re-done from a local company last year after my first accident. You could e-mail them and see what they can do for you, but I am across the nation from you, so it may not be feasible for you. Worth a shot either way.

The company's name is Auto FX Inc. They are located in Tacoma, WA. Their website is Auto FX.

Hope this helps.
I'll shoot them an email, like you said its worth a shot. Thanks for your help.
 

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Yeah I feel like this is a massive liability. No matter how light the tint is. I know right away if I was to run into a guy with tinted taillights I would immediately say I couldn't see him braking. Why risk potentially being on the hook for a crash just to have your tail lights look a little darker.
 

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Go to any REPUTABLE body shop, have them add some black tint to a high quality clear coat and spray them. TONS of people do it.
^^^^^^ What he said.
That's what's done to mine, I've played around with vinyl in the past and it will never turnout as nice as getting them painted. Plus you can get the painter to make them darker on the sides and fade to lighter for the back!


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Yeah I feel like this is a massive liability. No matter how light the tint is. I know right away if I was to run into a guy with tinted taillights I would immediately say I couldn't see him braking. Why risk potentially being on the hook for a crash just to have your tail lights look a little darker.
Just don't black out your high mount brake light and that will still light up bright red disproving any "I couldn't see him braking" claims
 

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Definitely get them clear coated, last vehicle I did the tint overlays and after a few years they started cracking and I destroyed the brakelight trying to scrape it off. SoFlo sun is brutal.
 

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Keep in mind in NC you will fail state inspection. But on top of that i highly suggest not doing it. I used to have the tail lights on my mustang pretty dark and one night i was driving home from work (thankfully in my civic dd) and i was sitting in traffic waiting on a car to turn. A lady plowed into the back of my civic, totaled my car, her car and hit me hard enough to total the car in front of me. I realized if my tails would have been tinted and she claimed she couldn't see my brake lights i would have been liable for 3 totaled vehicles. The next day i ordered new tail lights for my mustang and have sworn ever since to never tint any lights. Just a thought.
 

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I have an oxford white focus st and I've been wanting black tail lights so bad. Because of aforementioned liability issues I haven't got them tinted yet. Instead, I've been waiting patiently for tail lights to come out for 2015+ body style that are out for 14 and prior models on eBay that are black in color but have red LEDs




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I have an oxford white focus st and I've been wanting black tail lights so bad. Because of aforementioned liability issues I haven't got them tinted yet. Instead, I've been waiting patiently for tail lights to come out for 2015+ body style that are out for 14 and prior models on eBay that are black in color but have red LEDs




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I got two things going for me with the liability issue that helps me win those sorts of cases. The first thing, my car came from the dealership with the lights tinted. By law, dealerships cannot sell you a car that is illegal to drive on the road or they are liable for any issues with fines imposed on top. The second thing that I got going for me is that I don't ever use my brake pedal at lights. I leave it in neutral on flat ground or apply the e-brake when just sitting. Naturally, nobody would see brake lights that have not been actuated.
 

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Or you know, don't black out the whole thing.
I like that a lot actually. I might either do this or leave the actually red area around the lights alone and tint the rest
 
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