Reconditioning the insides of 70 GS tail light housings

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by BrianTrick, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    Has anyone reconditioned the insides of the 70 Skylark/GS tail light housings? The reflective sliver paint is peeling off,and I would like to have them redone.
     
  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Doesn't Eastwood sell the correct reflective paint for them?
     
  3. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I've always used the Brite Aluminum or chrome spray paint, but yes Eastwood has a product, beadblast them , adhesion promoter then spray away
     
  4. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    I’ve seen all the Eastwood stuff. Just curious how well it will stick to non-metal surface. Those are some type of nylon/plastic.
     
  5. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    I, too, used the aluminum paint. worked fine and no peeling.
     
  6. 1967 Big Buick

    1967 Big Buick One day at a time.

    Go buy some adhesion promoter at AutoZone if you want some added insurance.
     
  7. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    I did mine decades ago with Krylon Chrome-aluminum paint. Worked great; has held up; and we get 100 degrees here all summer.
     
  8. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    I just used the Krylon Chrome paint and it came out perfect!
     
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  9. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    What’s the best way to remove the leftover paint that isn’t flaking off? Soda-blast? Something that doesn’t distort the plastic.
     
  10. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Bead blast just turn the psi down
     
  11. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    Mine were in good shape, so I scuffed and painted over. I would do the same, bead blasting at any psi would worry me.......
     
  12. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Are we talking about the silver edge?
     
  13. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    No, the actual housings behind the lenses where the bulbs go. The factory had a reflective coating on the inside to make the light brighter
     
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  14. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Good to know.
     
  15. Marc

    Marc Active Member

    Which paint should I use for the silver, outside edge of the lens?
     
  16. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Dull aluminum
     
  17. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    I just used a scotch bright to clean them up good and then painted them with a rustolium chrome paint and then put a coat of clear with a little sparkle. It really made a difference on how bright the lights were when I was done. Here is pics of what they looked like before and after.

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  18. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Nice work, Ryan!

    This is a great weekend project that I'll have to add to the list.

    Any tips for polishing the tail lenses?
     
  19. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    Brett I have always just cleaned the lenses really well but I think you can buy a plastic polish. I have done this with a few of my cars over the years and I am always impressed with how much brighter the lights are when done.
     
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  20. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    Found the cans I used in the garage.
    Note the first one is for plastic.
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