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DIY - Amber Vinyl Overlays
Published by lkevinl
03-18-2007
DIY - Amber Vinyl Overlays

Parts needed:

1. Gila Silver Xtreme tint - Autozone
2. Scotch brand clear tape.
3. Scissors

OK... I'm DAMN Lazy, but I wanted to see if silver tint would look better than smoked and nobody else posted pictures with silver. In the middle of this I realized that the tint was not reflective enough and also that I felt like an idiot sitting in front of my car with scotch tape. So I quit and snapped some photos.

Please don't make this a sticky!

P.S. Time for a beer.
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By 2009BMW335 on 03-18-2007, 08:33 PM
i dont see any difference in the last two pics
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By oneshare325 on 03-18-2007, 09:44 PM
hey...you tried...no harm no foul...granted it isn't pretty and I see no difference..but you tried something new! So I give you a and a Good job!
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By lkevinl on 03-18-2007, 11:54 PM
Actually, up close, the amber is very visible, but in the first pic from further away, I actually think the silver might be OK.
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By oneshare325 on 03-19-2007, 12:13 AM
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Actually, up close, the amber is very visible, but in the first pic from further away, I actually think the silver might be OK.
Ok...I didn't even make the connection that he was using silver! WOW , but there is hardly any difference, sorry! I thought it was just a clear plastic film in protest or something to hunters product in the Marketplace! Wow! Still, Good job with experimenting!!
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By ironic on 03-19-2007, 12:58 AM
haha looks like saran wrap
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By lkevinl on 03-20-2007, 11:09 AM
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Ok...I didn't even make the connection that he was using silver! WOW , but there is hardly any difference, sorry! I thought it was just a clear plastic film in protest or something to hunters product in the Marketplace! Wow! Still, Good job with experimenting!!
Well, like I said, from further away the silver is more predominant. Up close, the amber is very visible through this stuff. With a more reflective silver tint, this would look better.

I used the overlay that was posted by someone else here to cut the shape. When I held it in place, it seemed that even if I were applying the proper way, there would still be many kinks in the tint due to the curve of the headlight. I think this may have to do with how the overlay was created.

I think a professional tint shop could do this exact job in 15 minutes.
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By KL2DC on 03-20-2007, 11:20 AM
Good try...

I'm still waiting for someone to try:

1) light grey etched glass vinyl for a 'frosted' look - would tone down the amber
http://www.decalfx.com/etched_glass_decals.html

2) Titanium Silver Carbon Fibre vinyl - might work to simulate euro look
http://www.decalfx.com/carbon_3_titanium_sheets.html

Or even a black CF vinyl overlays and or reflective silver (not metallic silver).

The CF ones might be interesting as it has a dynamic textured look, especially the silver CF. Might be the closest thing to the Euro lights look most of us are looking for.
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By lkevinl on 03-20-2007, 11:27 AM
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Good try...

I'm still waiting for someone to try:

1) light grey etched glass vinyl for a 'frosted' look - would tone down the amber
http://www.decalfx.com/etched_glass_decals.html

2) Titanium Silver Carbon Fibre vinyl - might work to simulate euro look
http://www.decalfx.com/carbon_3_titanium_sheets.html

Or even a black CF vinyl overlays and or reflective silver (not metallic silver).

The CF ones might be interesting as it has a dynamic textured look, especially the silver CF. Might be the closest thing to the Euro lights look most of us are looking for.
I agree 100%! CF is definitely interesting. I think CF or a more reflective silver tint is the way to go. Who wants to try???
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By KL2DC on 03-20-2007, 11:28 AM
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I agree 100%! CF is definitely interesting. I think CF or a more reflective silver tint is the way to go. Who wants to try???
I dunno... Both me and my paypal account awaits
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By Adham on 03-20-2007, 01:54 PM
the silver CF just might work ... i think ill do it.
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By lkevinl on 03-20-2007, 05:58 PM
Awesome! Are you going to use the posted overlay? For me, it didn't seem like the tint would lay right even though the pattern seemed right.
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By themoneyslaidout on 04-06-2007, 08:20 PM
any updates on this yet?
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By bludgeon29 on 04-06-2007, 09:00 PM
I might give this a shot. There's CF vinyl in silver available on ebay as well, like 5 bucks a foot...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SILVE...spagenameZWDVW

just waiting for the weather to warm up a little in the northeast, being very unlike april this week...
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