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Tail light frames and lenses a bit rough but free

Post by RossDinan6 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:23 pm

I thought I'd throw this up before trashing them.

I just replaced my lenses and frames. The ones I took off may help someone with really bad ones.

Both frames are corroded on the bottom. The right is better with only a small spot of lifted chrome with additional blisters. Left has about 2 or so inches of lifted chrome. (50 mm or so, to prove some Yanks can speak metric) The left lens is in good condition with some crazing, as would be expected. Right has the turn signal glued on due to the original joint failing. Gaskets are in pretty good condition.

Free to a good home, just pay shipping from FL.
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Post by hornhospital » Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:37 pm

I'll take em, Ross. Figure shipping to 36576 and I'll Paypal the money. I'll need your Paypal address.
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Post by RossDinan6 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:27 pm

Damn, that didn't take long. Give me a day or two, I have a busy week ahead of me.
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Post by hornhospital » Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:17 am

No rush. They'll be the subject of an experimental restoration. I image someone has tried what I'm considering, but I'd still like to try.
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Post by RossDinan6 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:25 am

So are you looking at a Re chrome? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Post by Ralph in Socal » Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:06 am

BMW had a core charge when the frames were available so it makes sense they’re somehow fixable. I’ve considered a bondo job and painting them black

They are a type of “pot metal”

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Post by hornhospital » Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:39 am

I'm going the route Ralph suggested, but with a twist. Not paint, but chrome wrap after the bondo. I'm looking for a way that any of us can DIY restore what we have and end up with it looking factory. I think this is, outside of rusting wings, the single most common defect we encounter.
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Post by Da_Hose » Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:44 am

There are modern products that spray on, and give a painted finish that looks like true chrome.

https://youtu.be/A6kypid0XG0

The simplest solution is to prep (I'm thinking glass bead blast) a frame, sand it, prime it, paint it gloss black, then hydro chrome it.

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Post by anchored » Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:39 pm

I went with bondo and gloss black.

it looks pretty nice.
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Post by hornhospital » Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:29 am

Ross has a much different view of what "rough" means than I do. The lenses and frames arrived today, and compared to what I had, they are practically new. The restoration of the frames will be a LOT easier than I anticipated. THANK YOU, SIR! FIVE STARS, TWO THUMBS UP.
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Re: Tail light frames and lenses a bit rough but free

Post by RossDinan6 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:25 pm

I'm happy you are pleased. I was a bit concerned since handling them, between removal and shipping, caused deterioration. The missing chrome and metal showed up after removal.
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