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2021+ Model S Tail Lights Modification

baldwin

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Feb 13, 2021
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I’m looking to mod my tail lights to diffuse similarly to the Model 3, Y, and X.

Does anyone know of any prior attempts at replacing or modding the Model S tail lights to be more diffused? I imagine the project would entail:
  1. Removing the tail light assemblies
  2. Cutting open the tail lights
  3. Wrap the lenses with diffusion film (unsure which)
  4. Reassemble and weld/glue the tail lights
  5. Replace tail lights
Or I wonder if a dark wrap with cut outs could also work.

I think the tail lights are the most outdated piece of the design and could use a bit of work to modernize. The clear plastic on the sides also don’t fit into the overall car’s aesthetic. If anyone has any tips or ideas on how to go about this project, leave a comment below! Thanks

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tkizzy

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Jun 8, 2015
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Napa, CA
As far as getting darkened/smoked taillights I know diy car guys use something called VHT nightshade or something along those lines.
 

duskin_anthony

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Sep 13, 2021
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Please please do not use VHT nightshades. The lights are already dark in nature. Are you looking to black them out?

The blacked-out look is definitely not for me for any color of car IMO.

If you are going to do it, I would disassemble the lights with the process you outlined. This is an expensive car do not spray the outsides with any kind of lense tine PLEASE 😭
 
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baldwin

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Please please do not use VHT nightshades. The lights are already dark in nature. Are you looking to black them out?

The blacked-out look is definitely not for me for any color of car IMO.

If you are going to do it, I would disassemble the lights with the process you outlined. This is an expensive car do not spray the outsides with any kind of lense tine PLEASE 😭
Absolutely not. I’m thinking plastic diffusers or a film diffuser to wrap the led strips individually.

Not black out but I want to replicate the new tail lights of the 3, Y, X
 

duskin_anthony

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Sep 13, 2021
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Absolutely not. I’m thinking plastic diffusers or a film diffuser to wrap the led strips individually.

Not black out but I want to replicate the new tail lights of the 3, Y, X
That should look great. I'm not entirely sure, but I have heard back in the day of people baking the lights to loosen up the adhesive on the lenses. I'm not sure if that is still a thing.
 
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