So I bought Lamin-x gunsmoke film tint pre-cut for the tail lights. Having used Nightshade spray before, I decided to go a different route.
After being quoted $80 per tail light to install these from a local shop, I decided I would give it a try first. Cost was roughly $50 shipped.
Included in the kit:
squeegee to push out air bubbles
spray bottle to put filtered water
needed: heat gun or blow dryer
It took me about 1.5 hours to fully install the tint to my satisfaction. The install videos I watched made it of course, make it look much easier to install. Due to the 08-13 hatch tail lights having a con vexed curve to it, the install was about a 6 out of 10 difficulty for me. I am not by any means an experienced tint installer and am OCD with modding.
The passenger side far light ideally should be redone. The instructions state that after 24 hours a lot of the bubbles, scratches and some air pockets (if any of these exist) typically subside. Also puncturing the water bubble is an option and it self repairs due to the material by just some heat from sunlight.
What does every one think?
I ask this knowing that there will be some nay sayers but visibility is NOT an issue as these are technically used as protection for tail lights and this has just an ever so slight greyish tint no where near black. Getting rid of that chrome look was my top priority.