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Old 08-26-2012
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Restoring Fog Light Reflectors... ideas?

So I have some old 6" fog lights that have seen better days... the chrome housings are pitted so I'm sanding them down to paint them, but the reflectors inside are in rough shape... some of the reflective coating is peeling & rusting.

I've tried sanding the reflectors down to 1500 grit and polishing them to try to regain the shine, but the best they'll look is mildly shiny.

I just got some high temp silver/aluminum engine enamel paint that gave them a glossy light gray finish, but it's not reflective. I'm going to use some 100w bulbs in there that will create more heat than the 55w bulbs & I wanted a little extra heat protection, hence the high temp paint.

I've tried bumper chrome paint that is a little lighter gray but not shiny at all & a few other aluminum & silver paints but they're not very reflective either.

Has anyone had any success bringing the reflectors back to life?

I'd really like to use these lights for something, they're old KC's, but I'm not sure how well they'll work with most of the forward light coming from the bulb & not so much from the reflectors.
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IMHO… order new parts from KC or replace the lights.
I for one do not believe the polished surface of the reflector can be restored to a high reflectivity.

The outside can be toyed with but the inside is another story, just buy new reflectors or steal them from another set of JY Lights.
Will OEM reflectors fit ?

Just thinking out loud here ! ltr...
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Steve's Auto Restorations, Portland OR, can re-coat your polished reflector surfaces. Their phone number is 503-665-2222.
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So Buggman, what did you do to the reflectors to get the shine back… ?

LMC wants $50/ea for new OEM Fog Lights: Truck Parts and Truck Accessories
but no reflectors separately that I can see.

They do have some nice LED 3rd brake lights though: Truck Parts and Truck Accessories - just braking’um.
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