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Technical Re-silver reflectors

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by coilover, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
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    coilover
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    from Texas

    Has anyone come up with a billfold friendly way to re-silver head light reflectors. The ones on my 34 Chevy have patchy brown stains I can't polish out. I know Steve's in Washington and one in the UK does them but too many $$$ for one on a budget. Will chrome get one by inspection? Ride is for nice day cruising with little to no night use. Thanks
     
  2. My first suggestion would be to talk to a shop that chromes bumpers and ask if they do silver or can recommend someone. Don't chrome plate the reflectors. A second suggestion would be to ask the question at a shop that restores antique furniture, the antique furniture people need to have mirrors resilvered.

    The best and most expensive solution is to contact UVIRA,
    (541) 474-5050, and have them aluminum plated.

    Charlie Stephens
     
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  3. Just have them chromed. Had my '28 Ford reflectors chromed and they are brighter than silvering. Why wouldn't you chrome them?
     
  4. fullhouse296
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
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    fullhouse296
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    from Australia

    chrome does not reflect like silver does ,thats why mirrors are slvd . make sure tou get them rhoderised or clear lacquer coated to prevent tarnish .plater 36 yrs .
     

  5. Torana68
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    How much they quoting to silver plate your reflectors? Chrome is a very poor choice.
     
  6. Tim
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    Tim
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    from Raytown Mo

    Paint them white. Seriously.
     
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  7. gimpyshotrods
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    DIY: https://www.caswellplating.com/plug-n-plater-silver-plating-kit.html
     
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  8. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
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    from Texas

    Quoted price is about $200 per reflector.
     
  9. Torana68
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    That’s a lot more than down here, I think it’s A$60-80 ish each , depending on size.
     
  10. flathead4d
    Joined: Oct 24, 2005
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    Here is a guy that did my day night mirror for my 50 Ford. Frank Wright Glass 14808 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, Mich. 48205. 313-521-1888 Fax 313-521-3889. Don't know if he is still in business as I had this done about 25 years ago.
     
  11. 37 caddy
    Joined: Mar 4, 2010
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    37 caddy
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    from PEI Canada

    I had the ones in my 37 caddy chromed,work OK,but not really bright,if i did it again i would spend the time to find a place to resilver them.I dont drive much at night so it isnt a big deal for me.Would love to be able to see better when i do,my car is still 6 volt pos ground,lights propably werent real good even when they were new. Harvey
     
  12. AngleDrive
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  13. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
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    I like the painting idea. Cheap and if it doesn't work, you can easily strip them back down.
     
  14. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
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    woodiewagon46
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    from New York

    Steves Auto Restoration basically charges by the inch. A 2" reflector is $80 each and goes up to a 12" for $260 each. Not cheap but the reflecting quality of silver is much better than chrome and paint.
     
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  15. Mirror re-silvering is stupid expensive. HRP
     
  16. Keither
    Joined: Nov 20, 2009
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    Years ago I took mine to a jewelry shop and they either did it or had it done. I was fairly inexpensive as I recall.
     
  17. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
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    Chrome has a different look . My Buds 34 chromed reflectors , my 32 silvered reflectors . Cars sitting side by side 34s look Cajun Coon Azz compared to 32s
     
  18. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
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    Frankie47
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    from omaha ne.

    A bright gloss white will reflect as good or better than silvering.....what do have to lose for the price of some high quality appliance paint?

    And if you are real cheap line it with this stuff.....lol.
    [​IMG]
     

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