Painting front signal/parking lights

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Painting front signal/parking lights

Post by halbey » 28 Nov 2017, 18:20

I am cleaning up the front signal/parking lamps on my 69 XR7. What color paint would be recommended for the silverish interior surface where the bulb mount protrudes? Also, was there a finish on the exterior of the same piece? Mine is just kinda rusty colored. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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Re: Painting front signal/parking lights

Post by bossman963 » 28 Nov 2017, 19:29

its a lamp coating paint you can get from most hardware stores, Eastwood
I go to DIY centers and buy the metallic finish paint by rustoleum part #7718830 is on the bottom of the can.
The other 1 I use is Krylon Metallic part #h0769-1

The lamp exteriors are generally gold cad

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Re: Painting front signal/parking lights

Post by halbey » 28 Nov 2017, 22:33

Thank you bossman.

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Post by Blitz » 29 Nov 2017, 13:17

For what it's worth, gloss white seems to work a little better than silver for reflecting light. That's what I ended up doing when I restored my 68 taillight housings. But you probably can't go wrong either way, and I guess since those front lenses are clear, silver might look more natural.

As for the rest of the housing, I'm not sure what's correct, but if it were me I'd probably media blast them (if the wiring is removable) and paint everything but the reflector area in a durable satin black paint, like VHT epoxy paint or similar.
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Re: Painting front signal/parking lights

Post by sfhess » 29 Nov 2017, 13:24

Outside of the turn signal housings had some sort of treatment or coating that gave them a satin/flat gray appearance. Zinc Chromate or something similar?

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Post by 7TXR7 » 30 Nov 2017, 22:11

I taped my wire harness that is attached to the housing and sand blasted them. I used argent silver on the inside, but any silver would work I'd think. BTW the chrome on the bezel cleans up real nice with some 0000 steel wool light cleaning.
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Post by 69428SCJ » 03 Dec 2017, 17:30

I saw a post over on CMF where Jeff Speegle used Aerveo Galvanized chrome on tail lights of a '69 GT350 he was restoring. Here's the post with a picture of what it looks like http://www.concoursmustang.com/forum/in ... 233#msg233

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Post by leonbray » 03 Dec 2017, 23:01

If you use any of those galvanised or chrome paints do not clear coat them as it dulls them off ..... another lesson learned

I use a $4.99 can of chrome paint from the local nickel ad dime store. Best stuff I've ever used and the only place I've seen it
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Re: Painting front signal/parking lights

Post by J_Speegle » 04 Dec 2017, 00:27

leonbray wrote:
03 Dec 2017, 23:01
If you use any of those galvanised or chrome paints do not clear coat them as it dulls them off ..... another lesson learned

I use a $4.99 can of chrome paint from the local nickel ad dime store. Best stuff I've ever used and the only place I've seen it

Found another product that I've also used as a clear over the silver base that is used for mail boxes on my most recent Cougar rebuild. Its a reflective mail box spray paint. Discovered it after the restoration used for the thread and related article mentioned above

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