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Has anyone painted the rear, upper tail light/reflectors?

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Has anyone painted the rear, upper tail light/reflectors?

I was just wondering if anyone has painted (or plastidipped) the rear, upper tail light/reflectors because I was considering having this done to my black Fit, and I wanted to see how it looks. Does anyone have any links to images of this kind of mod on a Fit?

Also, will an auto body shop do this type of work or is there a better and cheaper alternative?

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Old 04-24-2016, 01:42 AM
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Saw this pic on insta literally before i saw this post and i was like perfect! It looks good in my opinion and you can probably take them off and use some VHT night shades or plastidip
Up to you.




Pic by tfc_koichi<br/>And tomomixx57's gk5
 
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:04 AM
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Hey Eddiev8, thanks a lot. This is exactly what I was looking for. How do you research where to have to have this done? Just google plastidip or VHT night shades for my area or call the local body shops?

Thanks.

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Saw this pic on insta literally before i saw this post and i was like perfect! It looks good in my opinion and you can probably take them off and use some VHT night shades or plastidip
Up to you.




Pic by tfc_koichi
And tomomixx57's gk5
 
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:50 AM
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Hey Eddiev8, thanks a lot. This is exactly what I was looking for. How do you research where to have to have this done? Just google plastidip or VHT night shades for my area or call the local body shops?

Thanks.
I think you could do it yourself to be honest. VHT night shades is a spray can to black out tailights and plastidip is a rubber coating spray that you can peel off whenever you feel like you dont like the look anymore.
As far as dismounting the top end of the tailights I am not sure how to do. My brother has a GK5 but he wouldnt let me touch it to figure out how its done. I know for sure the tailights would be easy to take off but not sure about the upper part. I am certain it wouldnt take long to figure it out. The body shop could do it as they have manuals and stuff but in my opinion I wouldnt go.
Good luck though. I'll go check out and see if i can find a manual on how to remove those. Be right back
 
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Hey Eddiev8, thanks a lot. This is exactly what I was looking for. How do you research where to have to have this done? Just google plastidip or VHT night shades for my area or call the local body shops?

Thanks.
Easier than i thought

http://m.instructables.com/id/Honda-FIT-LED-Rear-Pillar-Lights-Installation/?ALLSTEPS

I guess it's just the couple of bolts and take it off and spray it with some plastidip xD
I recommend plastidip because its darker and youll only need a couple of passes to be done.

vht night shades is more for a "smoked" tailight look
Which is what I used on my tailights to "smoke" them out
 
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Cool. Thanks a lot for your help and the link. I really appreciate it.

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Easier than i thought

Honda FIT LED Rear Pillar Lights Installation - All

I guess it's just the couple of bolts and take it off and spray it with some plastidip xD
I recommend plastidip because its darker and youll only need a couple of passes to be done.

vht night shades is more for a "smoked" tailight look
Which is what I used on my tailights to "smoke" them out
 
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Old 04-24-2016, 03:09 PM
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Actually, I like the look. Makes the car look lower and wider in the rear. Considering that the "reflectors" really aren't, and serve no useful purpose on domestic Fits, why not?
 
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Nice look. Those "reflectors" don't seem to reflect anything, anyway.
 
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Old 12-21-2017, 11:08 PM
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if it's just the tinted look you want in that pict, id get tint film instead.
 
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:55 AM
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Saw this on IG on a white Fit also in Japan. I would use Plastidip since it is removable but I don't want the texture that comes with it. As said above, I might try a vinyl film. That way it can be darker than the nightshade and removable like the plastidip
 
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yep, on my STI's tails i have a small piece of tint i bought pre-cut to darken the clear reflector lens area. looks 100x better with it darkened. i luv the look and no worries of it peeling off or anything in weather. not like my clearbras all fall off in the rain. lol
 
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I wrapped mine with carbon fiber vinyl a few months ago, and love the way the look.



 
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Old 12-23-2017, 08:05 AM
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that looks good. should tint the reverse lens too
 
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:10 AM
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I love the idea. I have lots of carbon fiber vinyl left over from another project. I never realized that those pillar reflectors do not light up. I hated the "Volvo" look anyway.
 

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Old 12-29-2017, 12:01 AM
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Did you remove them to wrap them? I tried wrapping the rear garnish but it was a failure so I pasti dipped it.
 
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:20 PM
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i wouldnt remove it to wrap it. but would use a heatgun for sure.
 
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I removed both pieces (two 8mm nuts on each side,) washed with dish detergent, let dry, wipe with rubbing alcohol, laid the vinyl, and heat treated with heat gun. Heat gun should be used for setting the shape at the end not during in order to prevent excessive stretch in when laying down the vinyl. Make sure to cover all the clear red plastic, when you open the hatch side portions of the reflector are visible and look bad if not covered with vinyl.
 
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:01 PM
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Looks really nice like that. Actually, kinda looks like the GE taillights! I didn't even realize the upper part didn't do anything...a little bummed about that haha
 
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:24 PM
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I like the look. I may do that also.
 
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I sprayed mine with black PlastiDip a couple of days ago, for my black LX ..... looks perfect. They have to be the stupidest trim pieces on a car... they serve no purpose related to lighting/reflecting, and are just flat out ugly. The PlastiDip is an easy fix, time will tell how it holds up, but easy enough to peel and respray, I guess. They come off and reinstall very easily
 

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