Headlight reflector discolored

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2015: Headlight reflector discolored
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Karen Krawchuk on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 04:16 pm:

One of our headlight reflectors has become discolored, does anyone have a recommendation. Can it be re-chromed?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By ROBERT BERGSTADT on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 04:17 pm:

I will have new ones in stock next week. Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Whelihan Danbury, WI on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 04:20 pm:

Are you sure the reflector is not silver and it has tarnished?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Johnson on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 04:25 pm:

The reflectors of your 1916 touring were originally silver plated from the factory.

A tarnished silver plated reflector can typically be carefully polished by hand. The plating is very thin so use a mild polish.

If you decide to have your reflectors re-plated, do it correctly and have them silver plated. Absolutely do not chrome plate.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Karen Krawchuk on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 05:11 pm:

Sorry, they are silver plated. The finish began to look discolored after polishing, so I guess we polished to aggressively.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 06:35 pm:

I use old style toothpaste on original reflectors. (Not the new "gel" stuff) It is fairly mild, but still, use gently.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 06:37 pm:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/280154.html

Hints on polishing Rubbing too hard will remove the silver.

Plus don't rub in circles.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Karen Krawchuk on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 06:37 pm:

Is there anyone that you know of that can redo the silver on this?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 06:45 pm:

Here's a 2011 thread on the subject:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/207081.html?1303789853

And another thread from 2014:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/487296.html?1413892320

:-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ted Dumas on Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:59 pm:

Try Wrights silver cream, it did a good job on my coupe reflectors years ago.


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