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Tinted the tails and dipped the front

Did some "experimenting" with plasti-dip and VHT nightshades yesterday. I've had the truck for about a month now so it was due to get some modifications!


On the front end I did 2 bars on the grille and the fog light surrounds. I like how the grille turned out and I'm going to do the top bar next chance I got. Getting rid of those chrome bars helps bring out the toyota and v6 emblems. Not too happy with the fog surrounds, I'm thinking of changing them to a flat black to match the grille or body color.



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Looks a little better outside:



For the tail lights I originally bought Lamin-X kits. The first light I did went okay - took a while but I got all nice and smooth. The 2nd light didn't go so well, a section of the film simply wouldn't stick so I had to remove them all. I decided to give nightshades a try and I'm pleased with the result.


Before (yeah it was dirty!):



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I did about 3-4 light coats and was initially afraid I went too dark, but once I opened up the garage it looked a lot better. I also bought the VHT gloss but didn't apply that yet.
I have a bunch of LED lights coming to put in the tails for more light output to offset the tint.



Next up is finishing the front, 100k maintenance, touching up some scratches, painting the calipers, and de-badging the rear.

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Similiar look for my Rav

Like you I felt there was too much chrome on my front end.

Love the Limited package other than the grllle (wish I had base/sport)

I have not tried tinting my lights but just finished up some tediuous PDip on Grille, fog bezels badges etc.

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I like how my bezels turned out...easy to do once removed

The grille was trickier

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Very nice. The black around the fogs is perfect!

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Nice job on the tails, I still have to do mine over at some point. I tried first with a roll of RVynal and misinterpreted instructional videos butchering that job, but got the CHMSL done. So retried the tails with LaminX precuts with abit better results.
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Finally finished the top bar and did the fog bezels in black. Home Depot didn't have Plasti-dip, but they had Rustoleum's version so I used that





Finished:

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Looks good!

The top bar black finished the front clip nice!

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Thanks! I'm definitely happier now with the results

Also did my GS front end at the same time (the edges around the top grille are chrome from the factory). The upper grille is a dark grey and the lower is black, so went with the grey for the top. Not a perfect match but pretty close:



Next up will be some emblems and the rear of the GS

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