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Alright I made one that seems to have gotten wiped out with the new format so I am making it again. If you have the money I would suggest spending the $178 that conceptz sells the tbl for there is nothing like a nice new shiny black tbl to replace the ugly faded red one, but for $20 you can get almost exactly the same look if you take the time to do it right.
Time-depends on the temp and time it takes for the different coats to dry. I would plan for 4 hours +.
-VHT niteshades can be bought from ebay, or spend the time and hunt some down nearby I found some about 15 minutes from me in a little hole in the wall place took about 10 phone calls to various places to find it however.
-sand paper (grits you want nothing below 320) and will want 1k grit for wet sanding the final product.
-newspaper or other to protect the rest of the car.
-good gloss clear coat
-zona polishing paper ( I found it in a hobby store has grit from 1k to like 10k and helps alot with getting a nice shine from paint.)
-Prep the tbl by masking everything off around it, make sure and take your time cause you don’t want to get any paint on anything other than the tbl. I also suggest masking off the actual brake light part withen the tbl to keep it stock looking a sharp razor blade will help alot with getting the correct shape for this. Also remove the nissan sticker your tbl may have like mine in the pic.
-Once everything is masked off take some sand paper over the tbl and sand it until it looses it’s shine. Once this is done take a damp rag and rub over the tbl to remove any dust from sanding.
-This is where your going to spray the tbl with the vht niteshades. Make sure the stuff is well shaken, and I highly suggest doing several light coats rather than heavier since the stuff reacts a little different than regular spray paint. You want to give 10-15 min dry time between coats. The other advantage to lighter coats is better control of how dark the tbl gets, a new one well black doesn’t look like black spray paint if you know what I mean. I did something like 12 light coats of vht total on mine.
-If you aren’t going to clear you can skip down. Those that have a clear this is where you would spray it on. Make sure to have given at least an hour for the vht to dry and more if you can. Again like the vht you will want to do several light coats of clear, I did 7 on mine.
-Make sure to have given the paint proper time to fully dry, this is something that could be done the day after, though you would want to re-mask around the tbl to keep from scratching the car paint. But take your 1k sand paper and get it wet with a water/soap mix and sand over the tbl lightly going in one direction then the other.
-At this point you can be done if you are happy with the way it looks, I personally wasn’t and wanted a little more shine out of mine. This is where the polishing paper came in, this stuff goes up to a very very fine grit. Again like with the 1k sand paper, you are going to start with the lowest grit and work your way up through the different amounts using the same wetsanding technique that you did with the 1k.
Final outcome should yield you the following
Note you can see it still looks slightly dull in the pic above, that was before the zona polishing paper.
Here are some a year later with how it’s holding up, shows no sign of being any different than when it was just done.
Hope this helps people.