Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible to any damage that may occur in this process. and as always follow your local laws on the tinting of tail lights.
Step 1: Materials needed
About two (I used three) cans of tinted window hobbies paint $4 per can (any color would work)
a can or two of VHT nightshade
Painter's tape (use the blue tape)
Rubbing alcohol $1
one can of high luster lacquer $4-$5
400-800-???? grit wet/dry sand paper (i had some lying around)
Paint thinner (in case of screw ups)
A clean bucket or sink ( I already had a bucket)
dawn dish soap $1
Paper towels $1
tack cloth or swifter pad $2
Step 2: Removing the lens
before you start removing the bolts or nuts, be sure to pull the carpet back as much as you need, its not worth the hassle of trying to do it by touch.
remove all the bulbs and harness (I left them attached).
pull the nuts or bolts and keep them in a safe place remembering where they went.
Step 3: Masking off the lens
before you stat masking off with all your creative glory, it most likely that the lens is covered with dirt, using the alcohol and the paper tower, wipe off all the dirt and road grime. Using the tape, mask off anything you don't want to be darker. most people just tape off the trim, but i didn't want to affect my ability to back up at night so i taped off the clear as well. plus it looks cooler ; ). In this step, it doesn't have to be prefect, because its all just gonna come off later.