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    Default Side repeater tinting and bulb advice chaps?

    Bought a set of clear side repeaters which Im going to attempt to tint same colour as the car(sapphire black- left over from doing v grill)I know I can only lightly tint them to allow light through so would like to get the brightest bulb poss to replace the standards without going down the LED route just yet, any suggestions lads?

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    Your bulbs will be fine as long as its just a thin coat of primer and couple of colour...

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    Cheers Lee, im going to sand the lettering etc off the lenses so not priming! Just after a brighter bulb as a precaution to keep MOT tester happy, tinted my Cavy rear lights years ago and had to replace them as they were apparently not letting enough light through which IMO was cobblers!

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    Never had an issue with mine and M.O.T, but then neither with my tinted rears on the old Astra, probably the dodgey places I'm using lol

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    Ha!well thats the thing, went to good rep stations for the first 2 MOT's in the Cav and it was the garage at the back of beyond that failed them! The guys "understudy" was a fellow modder and he was shaking his head at him as he also made me remove my vinyl sunstrip too,obviously I never indulged in his services again!

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    Side repeaters arrived today and Ive sanded the raised lettering off,got chrome bulbs also as they seemed to be brighter in the tail lights than the standard orange, will try and get a light coat of sappire black on at my nearest convenience just wondering if I can get away with 2 coats for even coverage and still allowing enough light through?

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    Yeah I did a couple, but I did lightly plastic prime first, but that's up to you...

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    Mmmm ive pretty much gave the surface a good key for the paint Lee, with get a coat of black on and if its naff I'll just sand it back and get some plastic primer, cheers again

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    i did mine a while back but with standard orange lens, but i sprayed mine as black as the car,,,,
    Not the best pic but you can see it
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    Thats reassuring Dan! take it plenty of light still gets through and did you use plastic primer?

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