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This is a discussion on Red tail lights within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hey everyone I have seen a lot of people with red tint on their tail lights but haven't seen any ...

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    Red tail lights

    Hey everyone I have seen a lot of people with red tint on their tail lights but haven't seen any aftermarket replacement for a 2012 WRX hatchback. Does anyone know if such a thing exist?

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    i have yet to see a premade red tail light. usually people either do overlays or in my case i painted mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackwrx View Post
    i have yet to see a premade red tail light. usually people either do overlays or in my case i painted mine

    +1

    i went with paint as well.

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    What kind of paint do you use?

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    DIY: 2009 wrx tail light mod (only 10 dollars!) - NASIOC

    it's a long read, but worth it. i used the paint in the OP, but the consensus is the VHT nightshades is better. but mine has been on since the summer and no signs of fading... i ordered the paint on Amazon as it was unobtanium at Lowes / Home Depot.
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    I'd recommend overlays. Paint is a PITA to correct if you get it wrong.
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    Have you checked out jdmfanaticvinyls.com?

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    overlays

    Quote Originally Posted by scolena View Post
    Have you checked out jdmfanaticvinyls.com?
    Thank you! made that search quite easy.

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    I would say if you plan to DIY, the vinyls are a PITA. The paint only requires a little masking work and some patience to get your lines right but, is SUPER easy and costs under $15.

    It looks great too. Just take your time and you can have these done and back on over 1 day or night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MercRising View Post
    I would say if you plan to DIY, the vinyls are a PITA. The paint only requires a little masking work and some patience to get your lines right but, is SUPER easy and costs under $15.

    It looks great too. Just take your time and you can have these done and back on over 1 day or night.

    GL
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    Vinyl overlays are certainly not a pain in the ass. I had mine on and I was driving again in less than 10 minutes.

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    I did smoked tails. Search bluebatmobile, he does vinyl overlays. I had my tint guy install them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Vinyl overlays are certainly not a pain in the ass. I had mine on and I was driving again in less than 10 minutes.
    C'mon...10 minutes?!? First ever vinyl experience??

    I just could not get the main feature on the outside hatch lens to take.

    They must not be too bad but, still harder than paint in my personal opinion.

    Both look great for sure.

    Here's my paint job from last week.

    I used thin width electrical tape for the main edge masking. It allowed me to make the curve masking border with only a little slicing on the inside of the bends to reduce deformation of the tape. Worked like a charm.
    Last edited by MercRising; 03-24-2013 at 08:38 PM.

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    i love the paint don't get me wrong, it even seems to have a darker shade to it which i definitely like. But the overlays aren't permanent and seem easier. If i wanna switch things up later on ill peel em off and try out paint so i don't blow $35 on new overlays

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    I vote paint.

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