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GS tail lights tint

I went to tint the tail lights this morning. I chose a very slight tint so it still looks OEM but a tad nicer. We just used regular local film. Here are the pictures:

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Looks a helluva lot better then OEM, IMO
Did something similar a few years back, myself...opting to use a special paint, instead of vinyl.
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Maybe I should have painted it but the film is an day solution
Yes, it's better than OEM the glossiness gives it a nice and more modern finish. Bright red is a bit date now.

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Yes, it's better than OEM the glossiness gives it a nice and more modern finish. Bright red is a bit date now.
Agreed
W/ the darker taillight's, my car now looks a bit less like a '92 Honda Prelude in the ass...the tinted headlights & side-markers, being a nice compliment too.
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I almost did the headlights as well but I did not want to have to cut near that seal that is all around it. These parts are worth too much to take the risk. That's when the spray is the best option I think.

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Is your car grigio nuvolari also? I think it actually looks good with the slight tint for that paint color

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I almost did the headlights as well but I did not want to have to cut near that seal that is all around it. These parts are worth too much to take the risk. That's when the spray is the best option I think.
Lol I my rationale, was the exact opposite w/ regards to tinting the headlights (e.g they're actually non-painted)...albeit, totally based on the parts-being-worth-too-damn-much assessment.

In order to minimize the loss of night visibility: My thought was to use the lightest tinted vinyl film that I could find, knowing that the carbon-fiber headlight inlay's, would trick the eyes into thinking the lenses were darker then they actually were.

In the event of harassment from law enforcement: I figured the film would be a lot less expensive to remove, then the painted lenses would be to replace.
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I thought you could remove the special light paint with another spray but maybe my idea about it is wrong. Anyway, I think I'm keeping the headlights stock

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I thought you could remove the special light paint with another spray but maybe my idea about it is wrong. Anyway, I think I'm keeping the headlights stock
Nah, unfortunately the headlights on these cars scratch easily and are prone to getting stress cracks anyway
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Do you guys have any recommendations on where to get the film here in the US? Is this a fairly easy DIY job or not? I've been thinking about doing a light tint as well on the tail. Thx JK

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I recommend these, easy to install. great finish.

Maserati Gran Sport (022002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) Tail Light Tint Smoked Film Covers

My before and after pics of the smoked option.
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Do you guys have any recommendations on where to get the film here in the US? Is this a fairly easy DIY job or not? I've been thinking about doing a light tint as well on the tail. Thx JK
There are plenty for sale on Ebay. They are all made in China and the quality is about the same. The important thing is the color so you need to take your time to choose what you want.

I preferred to have the shop install it since they do this all day long but there is plenty of Youtube videos that explain how to do it. Another thing is the shape of our back lights is not too complicated so it is easier than on some other cars.

Since you will have to buy the fill roll, you have enough to redo the job I'd say at least 5 to 10 times

This said, Theog's solution might be simpler since it is already precut.

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Do you guys have any recommendations on where to get the film here in the US? Is this a fairly easy DIY job or not? I've been thinking about doing a light tint as well on the tail. Thx JK
Simple DIY...requires a cleaning surface, some water, a squeegee and a heat-gun.

Tinting the headlights took me less then 1/2hr...doing the taillights, should take even less time

And no worries regarding the damaging of your vehicle during installation, b/c pre-cut kits (both headlights & taillights) sell on eBay for around $50.00...squeegee included.
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Here is mine

The Wheels and the lights was the first Mod I did.
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Agreed
W/ the darker taillight's, my car now looks a bit less like a '92 Honda Prelude in the ass...the tinted headlights & side-markers, being a nice compliment too.
Man, those headlights look good.


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