The headlight reflectors on my '26 coupe are becoming dull and yellowed. Does anyone have a source for new, replacement silvered headlight reflectors or reconditioned, re-silvered (not chromed) reflectors (not inserts)?
I have seen this question come up numerous times with no definitive answer. Seems like with as many Model T's there are that need new reflectors, there would be someone out there that could do this work.
I have the new Snyder's version in stock.
Have you tried Wrights Silver Creme?
As a jeweler. I went to one in Huntsville AL and he sent mine to a plater in Atlanta GA. They did an excellent job and used silver. Unfortunately I don't recall the place in Atlanta.
The new Snyder ones are excellent and won't tarnish--and they are cheaper than having yours re-done. The quality of reflection is as good or better than silver. YOu will love them!
I have no relationship with Snyder other than as a customer.
I have a pair of the "Snyder" reflectors too, and they are an excellent choice as both the reflectability and fit are first rate. Of course if you want the traditional silver plate I can understand that, but the stripping and plating process can be expensive. There is a Restoration outfit in Portland Oregon that offers this service at around $100.00 a reflector.
Check with lamp shops in your area, many do small job plating.
Last set I had Bill Atwood do at Uvira cost me $75 a pair (including return shipping). More info in this previous discussion:
Who silver plates glass reflectors?
the Snyders reflectors are done with the Uvira process (maybe not by Uvira, but same process). Bill prefers the reflectors come to him nickel plated, so there's that added expense.
Since we're talking about '26-27 reflectors, I have one with a brilliant shine and the other looks like oxidized aluminum or maybe even silver paint. In the T brain trust's estimation could this be extremely even tarnishing and could it be polished out? If so, what works best?
More likely it silver paint. Clean the paint off and see whats under it.