Spray vs. Lay: Headlight & Taillight Tinting

Spray On Versus Lay On

It is a controversy as old as the concept of tinting headlights and taillights itself: should you spray on your tint or lay it on? Obviously, we at Rvinyl have come squarely down on the side of smoked vinyl films for well over a decade but, as we have grown, we have come to realize that maybe, just maybe we don’t have all the answers. As a result, look for us to start carrying VHT Nightshade in the next few weeks. But, as the videos below will show, spray on tinting is not nearly as easy as one would hope.

Spray Tinted Kia Optima Taillights

Spray Tint: High-Risk But High-Return

If you go with spray tint you need to know, right off the bat, that you are taking on a task that can lead to ruining your stock headlights or taillights if you don’t know what you’re doing. But, in the right hands, spray or paint on tint can change the look of your lights in a way that lay on applications often cannot. This is especially true on lights that have multiple axes (think of the Nissan Juke taillight for example) where precut, vinyl taillight tints must be designed to be applied sectionally.

So, if you’re someone with a load of extra cash, an owner of a commuter car and a show car or simply in the business yourself, then spray tinting may just be the way to go. However, for most DIYers and enthusiasts we still recommend vinyl smoked tint for headlight and taillight tinting simply because it is easier to do well and does not present the same type of problems one can expect from spray tinting.

But, just what are the cons of VHT and similar products like Rustoleum? In short they can be listed as follows:

  1. They present the very real possibility that you will ruin your OEM lights which could cost hundreds or thousands to replace.
  2. Once tinted you cannot untint them. So, if you get a summons or sprayed on too much you’ll need to buy a new pair of lights.

In the end, it really is up to you which is why we have decided to start offering these products along side our taillight tints and smoked headlight kits although we not-so-seecretly consider them to be best used by the pro or experienced installer. Look for them soon at http://www.Rvinyl.com or hit me up for more details. Until them, stay warm out there!

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