Headlight resilvering

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Fri Aug 2 15:49:44 EDT 2002

At 10:08 AM 08/02/2002 -0700, Jim Green wrote:

>--- Wallace White <wallace at stanfordalumni.org> wrote:
> > Dave C. -
> >
> > Apparently the vacuum metalizing process deposits
> > aluminum rather than
> > chrome (chromium?); maybe that makes a big
> > difference to the EPA.
> >
> > I think my reflectors are plastic but I'll
> > check--metal ones could be
> > electroplated, which might open up some more
> > options... nickel comes to
> > mind, but I've heard it doesn't stand up to
> > corrosive environments well.
> >
> > And yes, I still find Steve Jensen's reflective tape
> > solution tempting!
> >
> > - Wallace
> >    '87 5kcstq 188k
>I was just at Hobby Lobby getting masking tape and
>exacto blades and saw some foil type material with an
>adhesive backing on it in the model car and airplane
>section.  It came in ~5"x8" pieces, and right next to
>it was a little handy tool that was curved and
>designed to give a mirror finish when applied
>properly.  Anyways, as soon as I saw this stuff, this
>thread immediately came to mind.

This reminded me there is an HVAC tape (actually used for sealing ductwork)
that's silvery shiny on one side and self-adhesive on the other.  If
handled/cut carefully, I think you could keep this stuff relatively
uncrinkled and shiny.

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