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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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The rod has 1928 Buick headlight buckets (9 3/4) across and the silver is tarnished and down to the brass in spots. Any body know of a replacement or service that can redo them. I am looking at a kit to replate them myself but not sure of the durability of a DIY kit. Any ideas??
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Used to be, there were kits to install the smaller sealed beams.
They looked like shit.

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https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=...+reflectors+US
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Old May 20th, 2017, 12:01 PM   #3
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Do these have glass lenses separate from the bulbs and backing plates?
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Yes V8 the glass is separate from the reflectors, when i tried to polish them the brass started showing thru.

Whozawhat, Wow, not sure how i missed that place. Its only 15 mins away. Will call them on Monday.

For now just going to put 7 inch sealed beam Deitz style lights on. There is a set on fleabay for $70.

I knew I could count on this place.
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Dietz lights will work better, the big Buick lights will look better.
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I know, I really like the size of the Buick lights. Really sets off the front and blows peoples minds at the size of them. The Dietz will be temps till I get the others redone.
Has anyone used the home plating kits? Like this,
http://www.caswellplating.com/plug-n...ating-kit.html
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Whozawhat, the guy got back to me about my lights.
$150 EACH to replate with silver and lacquer coat!!!!

Definitely looking at other options.
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Have them vinyl wrapped with the chrome wrap?
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Aluminum Leaf ?
Silver Leaf ?
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For the headlight buckets on the Single Cab I'm using a Rust-oleum-Bright Coat-Metallic in sliver. This rattle can paint has a nice depth to it and is very reflective.
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Thanks Unk, spent some time looking at silver leaf and going to give that a go. For now tho the Deitz will be here tomorrow. Also a company named Caswell Inc has plating kits for gold, silver and copper. Going to research them some more and try and find out how durable and idiot-proof this kit is. At around $60 , might be worth a shot.
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Whoz, Thats funny because my wife brought home heavy duty foil the other night and went looking for it, she found it on my tool box open and a few sheets tore off. Still may be an option.
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Maybe try Aluminum foil, instead of Leaf.
Use the same oil based Size.

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Going to experiment a little bit to find the best option, Foil ,Leaf, DIY replateing.
I just want to see at night.
Actually looked at 2 10 inch Stainless steel kitchen bowls today,
(read, dog dish) wondering if I could modify and polish them up an make it work. I might be losing it.
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Yes, experiment.

Reflectivity is one consideration, the shape of the reflector is another consideration.
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Really not looking to change shape, just reflective properties. I can deal with the light pattern , just not birthday candle brightness. Now off to the lab, um, I mean garage.
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Some people have tried to add quartz halogen bulbs from a late model.
Doesn't work as well as expected.
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Could powder coat them Chrome powder....

I powder coated some VW tail light housings because they were all peeling and chipping... they worked really well with the chrome powder... As long as they are well sealed once put together, the chrome powder does great... or you can clear coat them for a slightly lesser reflective chrome... a bright silver color basically... Still gives you good lights
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If you think you are loosing it with the dog bowl idea then I am loosing it as well because I was going to suggest that, the shape is probably too flat on the bottom of the bowl though.

Ikea sells stainless kitchen bowls,
that have a very small flat on bottom.


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I came up with a slightly crazy idea today. Wife and I at Michials crafts and I saw a bag of small mirror discs. Thought , what about a reverse disco ball kinda thing. Line the headlight buckets with small mirrors. Sounds crazy but would it work??
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'Won't know until you try. Sounds like a cool idea to me.
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The refraction in the bucket would look pretty damn cool!
For mine I have some trashed buckets but I'm putting baja headlight assemblies in them. They fit like they were supposed to be in there. Maybe you could find another headlight that would fit in your buckets. Think motorcycle or farm implement headlights.
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The buckets are9 3/4 across, Ive looked at a million diff light options. I may do a test for the mirror idea. Cut a ball in half and use a bulb and see if it does anything.
I might try the home "silver" replate kit from Caswell too.
$70 isnt so bad if I get to show off 9 3/4 inches.
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Here is how I'm doing mine.
http://volksrods.com/forum/showpost....90&postcount=7

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Mine use the orig Buick innards but the back center of the reflector is cut to accept an H4 halogen bulb. There is a 1057 mounted in the lower front of the reflector as a running light. Will take pics when i put the 7 1/2 Dietz lights on this weekend. I may try to get some overtime to have the Buicks replated. Or get the DIY kit.
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