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I pulled my headlights apart today to remove the metal piece over the low beams and convert them to all 9005 bulbs.

The chrome inside is nasty... has anyone used anything to recoat these things? I made the mistake of using "bumper chrome" paint... what a joke. I've seen some spray on chrome paint, but I don't believe you can get it in small enough amounts, and it would probably be cheaper to get new lights from Honda :rolleyes1:

Any suggestions besides upgrading to custom built quality projectors?
 

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Well, a pwt option.....

I thought I'd have the same problem (but it turned out my cleaned up ok). I'd decided that what I'd try is to use heavy duty aluminum foil, individual pieces cut to fit the different planes, and "glued" down with high temp silicone. I think it would work ok if you managed to keep the pieces smooth.
 

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The other thought I had was to paint the inside with flat white ceiling paint--it's not as reflective as a shiny finish, but it would probably be ok (especially if you augmented with some fog lights).
 

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I took mine all a part and used our vacuum metalizer at work... *grins*

It puts a new film of tungsten (chrome) on them. I then buffed the glass, and then reassembled.

I imagine I'll be doing that again with this one.
 

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mithuth said:
I took mine all a part and used our vacuum metalizer at work... *grins*

It puts a new film of tungsten (chrome) on them. I then buffed the glass, and then reassembled.

I imagine I'll be doing that again with this one.
wanna start providing the community with a service for a fee :p?!
 

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coldtotouch said:
mithuth said:
I took mine all a part and used our vacuum metalizer at work... *grins*

It puts a new film of tungsten (chrome) on them. I then buffed the glass, and then reassembled.

I imagine I'll be doing that again with this one.
wanna start providing the community with a service for a fee :p?!
My boss would kill me. He didnt look too pleased I did the ones i did. lol.

Not to mention I wouldnt feel comfortable being responsible for all of your headlights. I may decide to corner the market on headlights, and ebay em all. :twisted:

The silver we spray inside our John Deer tractor lamps is a sort of matte silver with bits of metalic in it. Almost like the blade silver from the CRX. If you can strip down the coating so the blade silver would stick, I'd put that inside them. As long as it's a semi metalic finish on the OEM surface, it should reflect enough to make a vast imprivement over 19-16 year old sin faded lights. That spray chrome is total crap. Silver is jsut as reflective when it comes to lights. IMHO.

Also, take a bit of buffing compound and buff the pits out of the glass while you have it all apart. May as well do it up right.
 

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mithuth said:
The silver we spray inside our John Deer tractor lamps is a sort of matte silver with bits of metalic in it. Almost like the blade silver from the CRX. If you can strip down the coating so the blade silver would stick, I'd put that inside them. As long as it's a semi metalic finish on the OEM surface, it should reflect enough to make a vast imprivement over 19-16 year old sin faded lights. That spray chrome is total crap. Silver is jsut as reflective when it comes to lights. IMHO.
Not in your headlights. I tried using Plastikote "Bumper Chrome" on a set... what a mistake. I put the lights back together and would have been better off leaving them alone, with the moldy, pitted "chrome."

I've seen a bunch of "chrome" spray paint, like used on whatever rapper's car, google-ing, but the cost of a spray can, if you can get it, is a bit more than the cost of getting the lights new from Honda @~93 each.
 

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rex2nr said:
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Does the aluminum foil trick actually work? I wasn't sure if it was durable enough or I would have just done that.
I didn't have to try it, but I think it would work so long as you didn't wrinkle it and used an adhesive that could stand heat. I'm thinking back to cub scouts when we made solar ovens, foil's a pretty good reflector. And if the chrome's shot, and you don't have access to pro tools, why not give it a try?
 
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