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Is it possible to "rechrome" the inside of a light.

  • 11-05-2017 12:14am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    I have a few spot lamps. The glass on them is fine, but the reflector on the inside is faded, and worn. Assuming I can remove the glass, is it possible to paint on, or whatever, to the lamp, considering that they are plastic?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,069 ✭✭✭ Tzar Chasm


    You should be able to polish it if you can seperate the parts.
    I'd start there, you wont get an effective paint solution without spending a Lot of money


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    Thanks, but unfortunately the paint is gone off the inside of it, so polishing is no good.

    Edit: When you say expensive, how expensive?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,119 ✭✭✭ Gravelly


    Lots of Youtube videos of lads doing it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G5IfHoWRs8


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,027 ✭✭✭ Silvera


    What make are the spot lamps? e.g. Hella? Lucas?

    There are often good s/h lamps for sale on ebay. Would most likely be cheaper than rechroming.


  • Registered Users Posts: 827 PaulK_CCI


    if the material of the reflector is plastic, you're looking at paint somehow, which is never really going to approach the original quality. If it's metal, it should be no problem, but for a once off jobbie, it will be expensive to have them rechromed. 

    Finding a good quality 2nd hand replacement is most likely your 'cheapest' alternative


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    Thanks lads. They're Hella. They're rare enough to find 2nd hand, and usually expensive if I can find them. That's why I was hoping to chrome them.

    But I was wrong. They're metal. An alloy I think, so maybe they can be rechromed alright, although they're only chrome on the inside.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,600 jca


    I think the correct term is re silvering. There might be companies in the UK doing it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 85 ✭✭✭ gholian


    It going to be expensive. There is or at least was a company in the UK that does "chrome Painting". It supposwd to be a lot cheaper but I got a quote for a badge and that was ?100 which I thought was mad. If the metal underneath allow or diecast. There is chrome paint out there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    I think it's alloy. Is that chrome paint any good for the heat generated inside the lamp?


  • Registered Users Posts: 85 ✭✭✭ gholian


    I think it's alloy. Is that chrome paint any good for the heat generated inside the lamp?

    It gets warm, doesn't get mad hot. If you worried could use exhaust paint. Por15 exhaust paint has a really nice shinny finish.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    gholian wrote: »
    It gets warm, doesn't get mad hot. If you worried could use exhaust paint. Por15 exhaust paint has a really nice shinny finish.
    I'm not sure that the exhaust paint will do the job I'm after. I'm on a budget, but wouldn't like to feck things up by being too cheap.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,600 jca


    The latest episode of car SOS sees them getting wartime headlights resilvered, they looked great after they were done. It was an Austin utility van.


  • Registered Users Posts: 85 ✭✭✭ gholian


    Call the chroming places in the UK and get price. IF over budget use Chrome paint. Paints nowadays are supposed to take bodyshop temperatures so should be no issues.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭ JabbaTheHut


    Thanks for the help. I'm waiting back for a price from the UK


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