Changing color of a Lense - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Electrical
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 07:35 AM
Bill Ford's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Greenwood, LA
Posts: 31
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Changing color of a Lense

Do any of you guys know of a good (read easy) way to change a lense color from white (clear) to red? I want to convert a cargo light in my '67 PU to a third brake light.

I have bought some stained glass stuff from a hobby shop but in testing on a piece of plexiglass it looks like it will be hard to get an even coating.

How would a red blub in a clear lense look for a third brake light?

Any other ideas?

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 08:00 AM
powerrodsmike's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Make a fiberglass fan shroud
Last journal entry: Next.. ..Bagging the king B (barge)
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: gilroy, california
Age: 53
Posts: 4,108
Wiki Edits: 161

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I think you could buy the prismatic lense material from one of the companies that sells LED lights, or an industrial plastic supply..

I bought it from one time from Lambert Ent, but I saw recently that they don't sell just the material anymore.

Clear lense + red bulb won't work well.

HiTech sells the lense material,

http://www.hitechledproducts.com/pro...4df40859484826

You could probably get the prismatic clear from an old light fixture and bond it to a peice of red plexiglass (like what those guys are selling.



Later, mikey
__________________
my signature lines...not really directed at anyone in particular..

BE different....ACT normal.

No one is completely useless..They can always be used as a bad example

Last edited by powerrodsmike; 03-20-2007 at 08:10 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 08:16 AM
kruzr's Avatar
street rods forever
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Windsor
Age: 69
Posts: 324
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've taken tailight lenses and cut them down to fit cargo light...just have to find one to fit your needs and mark n cut so prisms are positioned properly.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 10:40 AM
vicrod's Avatar
life is a ride
 

Last journal entry: 2014
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Telford, PA
Age: 71
Posts: 1,326
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 56 Times in 52 Posts
Just replace the bulb with a red LED substitute.

At www.superbriteleds.com you will see many options for bulbs and complete assemblies for truck clearance lights that will work in your application.

vicrod
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 03:35 PM
docvette's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Rebuild an alternator Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Lafayette, california
Age: 62
Posts: 7,362
Wiki Edits: 12

Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Ford

How would a red bulb in a clear lense look for a third brake light?

Any other ideas?
Doc here,

Be advised, In most states, except for backup lamps and cargo's..it is Illegal to have white lenses to the rear..

We have a company here (and I think they are national) Called TAP plastics..you can walk in with a part, and your ideas, and punch one out for you in a few days..for a few bucks usually for small things..

OR cheaper yet, just buy a third brake lamp kit..

Whatever you end up doing, Be sure the third lamp has proper isolation from the turn-signals or you can end up with 4 ways every time you turn a corner..run your power wire to the brake lamp switch, NOT the light harness..

Doc
__________________
Aftermarket Solutions
Electronic & Electrical
Innovations
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 03:52 PM
DesertrusT's Avatar
Jailbar Revolutionary
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Buckeye
Age: 33
Posts: 63
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I know you've thought of this but dismissed it because it's 'ghetto' or 'just stupid'.
RATLLECAN IT!
You buy a translucent can of dark red/maroon spray paint and dust, DUST not paint the lens. You doa couple quick sweep to where the lens is dusted and you'll get your result. If you buy red translucent paint it will come out pink.
If you can't find translucent paint then just go with a red.
If you mess up you can just take it off right away with some paint thinner.
I've done this mor etimes than I can count wether it be on a faded lens, a clear lens, or a lens someone just wants darker.
A dusting of red rattlecan works perfect. Just take your time and wait for it to fully dry in between dustings and make sure you have no airbourne dust around.
IT WORKS and it's dirt cheap.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 06:17 PM
docvette's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Rebuild an alternator Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Lafayette, california
Age: 62
Posts: 7,362
Wiki Edits: 12

Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Doc here,

You want to be careful doing that...

Some paints and thinners will craze or cringe plastic , making the lenses obscure as a bathroom window...

I've done it before, with mixed results..usually if it works, it is "Off Color" and does not look right..but in my experience, most crazed (cheap plastic) and I ended up just tossing it and getting the right lenses..

Doc
__________________
Aftermarket Solutions
Electronic & Electrical
Innovations
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 10:40 PM
DesertrusT's Avatar
Jailbar Revolutionary
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Buckeye
Age: 33
Posts: 63
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I completely agree and you can mess up easy. How ever it does not look bad if you do it right. I link it to other painting and pinstriping. You have to know what your doing to begin with. I messed up ALLOT of lens doing this untill I perfected it. But if you have a spare lens, give it a shot. You'd be suprised when you don't rush it, let it dry correctly and test it.
it is IMPOSSIBLE to know what it will look like not in action. Do a couple dustings then put it on the car n test it and keep repeating. Most people look at it through the sun and think it's ok but on the car its totally different.
Remember a nice layer of dusting with a dark (dark) translucent red paint or a VERY light dusting of regular somewhat darker red paint. It's really easy to mess it up thats for sure, but do a dusting or 2 then install and repeat for guys like me on a budget it works everytime..... Ok well not everytime lol, but hey thats hotrodding for you, seeing what works on a budget. But it does work guys just go shade by shade and install after each application, you can even clear coat it inside which gives it a massive lens wide glow rather than a central bulb glow.

Last edited by DesertrusT; 03-20-2007 at 10:46 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 10:46 PM
Brian_B's Avatar
Lost in the 50s!
 

Last journal entry: time to start body work
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mountain Home, AR
Age: 47
Posts: 759
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you are going to do that...get "testors" model car paint. It is made for plastic. They have a candy apple red that a lot of guys use to "paint" the yellow/orange turn signal portion of the ford explorer lenses. Just DUST it like stated above. Don't go too dark with it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 10:47 PM
DesertrusT's Avatar
Jailbar Revolutionary
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Buckeye
Age: 33
Posts: 63
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian_B
If you are going to do that...get "testors" model car paint. It is made for plastic. They have a candy apple red that a lot of guys use to "paint" the yellow/orange turn signal portion of the ford explorer lenses. Just DUST it like stated above. Don't go too dark with it.
DAM brian!! I never even thought of that lol. I have always rattlecanned but I love the can cuse it can be amazing when done right. I will keep in mind tho testors I never even thought of that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 11:05 PM
Brian_B's Avatar
Lost in the 50s!
 

Last journal entry: time to start body work
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mountain Home, AR
Age: 47
Posts: 759
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There is also a product called "night shades" ($$$$$) that allows you to darken lenses. I don't know if it is legal for street use. Then again...I see smoke tinted tail light covers around here.

Personally, I don't want my tail lights dark.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 11:10 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: The Lone Star State (Houston area)
Posts: 1,189
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can buy a lens repair kit that will include an adhesive "tape" square or rectangle of plastic film to stick on the outside if the lens is smooth outside. CLean the lens very well and stick this stuff on there over sized so it is retained by the retainer ring or folded under the edge if no ring is used. If you're careful this will look good and last a couple or more years at a time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2007, 11:10 PM
DesertrusT's Avatar
Jailbar Revolutionary
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Buckeye
Age: 33
Posts: 63
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah well the general idea that the poster was looking at is making a clear taillihgt red.
The rule of thumb is if you have a hard time in the slightest bit seeing your brake lights in the daytime they are too dark.
There is allot of tailights out there that have the slightest shade of tint on them and the only thing you notice is how uniform the glow is rather than how prism'd it is.
Some guys like the dark shade to go with the black car, some guys like the super light tint dusting to uniform the lens into one glowing entity rather than a bulb induced section.
To each his own, I like my taillights as bright as they can get, but at the same I hate faded 'pink' taillights even more.
If your not sure what pink taillights look like, take a look at ALL dodge intrepids up to year 97 or 98 I believe (the first body style). Dodge messed up by using a a tint on the intrepid tailights that faded with any contact with the sun...like at ALL!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Electrical posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CHANGING "Lifters" JMEDLEY001 Engine 1 12-23-2006 06:21 PM
What is involved in Changing Camshafts? rick458 Engine 12 01-27-2005 07:56 PM
changing gears 1980Impala Transmission - Rearend 3 03-24-2004 10:14 PM
Why can I find every other lense but this one? Magikal Body - Exterior 5 02-20-2004 02:45 PM
Changing to an auto from manual in 57 Chev pikalpha Transmission - Rearend 3 12-14-2001 05:30 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.