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    Hey,

    it looks faded (not as vibrant in color as the tail lights) any way to make it brighter? wet sanding etc? thanks
    99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
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    <br />7/17/2006

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    Re: center trunk reflector

    Originally posted by SeanC2004
    Hey,

    it looks faded (not as vibrant in color as the tail lights) any way to make it brighter? wet sanding etc? thanks
    they say that flitz stuff works. some chose to take it off sand it and paint it body color.
    Originally posted by ECOtec Gods
    Consider this: 800 hp is a lot on a 2.0L motor. With 750hp, three-quarters of a thousand you're basically dealing with 6.14 hp per cubic inch. Pressures and stresses of all kinds thermal and mechanical loading across the board escalate to extreme levels. A Chevrolet 5.7-liter LS1 V8 with this much specific power (horsepower per cubic inch) would be making 2,137 hp

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    • #3
      i may hate it but im nto spending money to paint it, more important things to spend money on, like wheels
      99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
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      <br />7/17/2006

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      • #4
        Have you tried using a good wax with a cleaner in it? That's all I used to keep mine looking new

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        • #5
          havent tried anything yet, seeing if anyone had a similar situation. bored at work
          99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
          <br />
          <br />7/17/2006

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          • #6
            wasnt telling you to paint it just saying its an option. [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/razz.gif[/img]
            Originally posted by ECOtec Gods
            Consider this: 800 hp is a lot on a 2.0L motor. With 750hp, three-quarters of a thousand you're basically dealing with 6.14 hp per cubic inch. Pressures and stresses of all kinds thermal and mechanical loading across the board escalate to extreme levels. A Chevrolet 5.7-liter LS1 V8 with this much specific power (horsepower per cubic inch) would be making 2,137 hp

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SeanC2004
              havent tried anything yet, seeing if anyone had a similar situation. bored at work
              They ALL do that, a good wax will help to bring a nicer look to it, but you could just clear coat it.

              I have done many sets of tailights with the nightshades and you have to clear them when finished or they are a flat coat. If you have any experience with a spray can, there is nothing to it. Just do some light prep on the lense (clean, remove stuck dirt, etc.. and LIGHTLY sand if necessary but not required) and than spray it with a good clear. I would personally do both tails and the center section so it matches.

              That would probably cost you less than 10-15 bucks for the clear and cleaning stuff at a auto parts store.


              Beyond that, I would take Andy's (AC66) suggestion HOWEVER, I would pull the center panel from a SOHC at the junkyard and paint that (or find one of the same color) then install it on your car, it looks better than just painting over the reflector panel.

              my .02
              1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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              • #8
                thanks, im getting rid of orange this week and ill use the same clear on them all.. I could spray the reflector with the testors candy red like i am with the lights, give them a more red look i guess right?

                what clear should i get and where from, will testors work? or should i go with something from a hardware store


                Originally posted by AC66Bronco
                wasnt telling you to paint it just saying its an option. [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/razz.gif[/img]
                yeah i know didnt mean to have that sound like it did i was going to add to it but accidently clicked submit.. sorry about that
                99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
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                <br />7/17/2006

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SeanC2004
                  thanks, im getting rid of orange this week and ill use the same clear on them all.. I could spray the reflector with the testors candy red like i am with the lights, give them a more red look i guess right?

                  what clear should i get and where from, will testors work? or should i go with something from a hardware store


                  Originally posted by AC66Bronco
                  wasnt telling you to paint it just saying its an option. [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/razz.gif[/img]
                  yeah i know didnt mean to have that sound like it did i was going to add to it but accidently clicked submit.. sorry about that
                  lol no worries bro.

                  use something that will hold up to the outdoor elements. id see if they sell something at an auto parts store.
                  Originally posted by ECOtec Gods
                  Consider this: 800 hp is a lot on a 2.0L motor. With 750hp, three-quarters of a thousand you're basically dealing with 6.14 hp per cubic inch. Pressures and stresses of all kinds thermal and mechanical loading across the board escalate to extreme levels. A Chevrolet 5.7-liter LS1 V8 with this much specific power (horsepower per cubic inch) would be making 2,137 hp

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SeanC2004
                    what clear should i get and where from, will testors work? or should i go with something from a hardware store
                    I suppose the testors red tint might work but DO NOT use testors for the clear. Testors is not meant to hold up in weather and will eventually break down from humidity, etc.. (turn white or white spots).

                    Just pick up a can of automotive clear from any autoparts store (Krylon, Dupont, whoever as long as it's meant for automotive) and apply it. If you have model experience with spray (since you mentioned Testors) than you will have no trouble with it.

                    Just make sure you do this in a controlled environment with little or NO humidity (indoors is best). If you have to do it outside, make sure it's a good sunny day and lay them in the sun to dry.
                    1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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                    • #11
                      Don't use the red tint. Use testors "Transparent candy apple red" or something...

                      as for clear...take it to a bodyshop and have them clear it. I slipped the guy $20 and he was happy...and they came out looking liquid.
                      -2002 Saturn SC2 - Clean, slow, low daily
                      -2008 Saab 9-7x Aero
                      -1996 Suzuki Bandit 750 swapped
                      -1998 VW Golf GTI VR6 Mid Engine LeMons car
                      -1986 RX7 - 275whp @ 10psi

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                      • #12
                        suppose it might work? maybe i should tint them and then it will for sure be one color
                        99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
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                        <br />7/17/2006

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Shaolin
                          Don't use the red tint. Use testors "Transparent candy apple red" or something...

                          as for clear...take it to a bodyshop and have them clear it. I slipped the guy $20 and he was happy...and they came out looking liquid.
                          thats what i said i was gonna do.. the bodyshop might not be a bad idea though, thanks
                          99 Saturn Blackberry SL2
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                          <br />7/17/2006

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SeanC2004
                            Originally posted by The Shaolin
                            Don't use the red tint. Use testors "Transparent candy apple red" or something...

                            as for clear...take it to a bodyshop and have them clear it. I slipped the guy $20 and he was happy...and they came out looking liquid.
                            thats what i said i was gonna do.. the bodyshop might not be a bad idea though, thanks
                            Well, if you can do that for 20 bucks, go for it. Professional > backyard D.I.Y everytime lol. As for the tint, depends on what look you want. If you want them smoked look for some VHT Nightshades (hard to find right now as the factory had a fire) or if you just want the amber to match the red go with Shaolin's idea with the trans/candy red.
                            1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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                            • #15
                              If you're tinting them, red them out first, or it will look like crap.

                              If you're completley blacking them out, it doesn't matter...but that will prolly loook like shiat

                              Here's pictures of mine:

                              http://www.turbosaturns.net/forum/viewt ... tint+tails
                              -2002 Saturn SC2 - Clean, slow, low daily
                              -2008 Saab 9-7x Aero
                              -1996 Suzuki Bandit 750 swapped
                              -1998 VW Golf GTI VR6 Mid Engine LeMons car
                              -1986 RX7 - 275whp @ 10psi

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