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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, PROJECT: Making custom clear reflectors for headlights. in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Originally Posted by thethein11 Great project Mike and sfv. If you want to get rid of the bubbles in the ...
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    Re: PROJECT: Making custom clear reflectors for headlights.

    Quote Originally Posted by thethein11 View Post
    Great project Mike and sfv.


    If you want to get rid of the bubbles in the castings look into a pressure chamber and pump.


    I make clear reflectors for the Chevy Colorado and have been since 2010 if you have any questions pm or look me up over on his forum: http://www.355nation.net/forum/proje...s-project.html
    It does not look like you can pm here so just email: thethein11 at gmail dot com







    Also you can black dye to the mix to make tinted reflectors




    And don't limit your self to just reflectors I recently started making gauge needles



    Again hit me up if you have any questions
    i'd love to have a set of full clear gauge needles that looks good.

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    Progress report:
    uploadfromtaptalk1330835577049.jpg
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    I got the first half of the mold poured last night and wound up using all of the RTV that I had. I should have my order for more in this week and then be able to pour the other side.

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    Not bad. It's not that hard, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfv41901 View Post
    Not bad. It's not that hard, huh?
    The modeling clay was not as easy to work with as I had hoped. It was too dense to just be able to press the reflectors into it, so I wound up taking hours trying to get the shape and contour just right.

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    Re: PROJECT: Making custom clear reflectors for headlights.

    Question about headlight disassembly.

    I don't plan on changing out the orange reflectors but would like to know how you get the housings apart without destroying them. My headlights have the haze on the inside and I'd like to be able to use some of that headlight restore on the inside of the lens to remove the cloudiness. I see the tabs along the perimeter but it also appears to be glued around the edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wake View Post
    Question about headlight disassembly.

    I don't plan on changing out the orange reflectors but would like to know how you get the housings apart without destroying them. My headlights have the haze on the inside and I'd like to be able to use some of that headlight restore on the inside of the lens to remove the cloudiness. I see the tabs along the perimeter but it also appears to be glued around the edges.
    If you just want to clean the haze, you might want to try the "rubbing alcohol" method. I did this a few months back and it made the headlights crystal clear without having to take them apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wake
    Question about headlight disassembly.

    I don't plan on changing out the orange reflectors but would like to know how you get the housings apart without destroying them. My headlights have the haze on the inside and I'd like to be able to use some of that headlight restore on the inside of the lens to remove the cloudiness. I see the tabs along the perimeter but it also appears to be glued around the edges.
    If u want, u can pm me so we don't thread jack

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    Re: PROJECT: Making custom clear reflectors for headlights.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikedyk43 View Post
    If you just want to clean the haze, you might want to try the "rubbing alcohol" method. I did this a few months back and it made the headlights crystal clear without having to take them apart.
    Thanks, I found the thread and tried it this evening. Worked great!

    I gotta hand it to you guys doing this mod, you're going to need a lot of patience to not break the housing trying to get it apart.

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    It's eaiser than u think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedyk43

    The modeling clay was not as easy to work with as I had hoped. It was too dense to just be able to press the reflectors into it, so I wound up taking hours trying to get the shape and contour just right.
    I told u the molding clay would be firmer. Looks like u did a good job. Hats off to u

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    Here is side 1 of the mold, looks like it came out pretty good.
    uploadfromtaptalk1330964502894.jpg

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    Looks like ull be finishing the rest this weekend?

    Just don't forget the release agent. :

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfv41901 View Post
    Looks like ull be finishing the rest this weekend?

    Just don't forget the release agent. :
    My next order of RTV shipped yesterday and I'm ready to mix and pour it as soon as it gets here. If all goes well, you will have some clear reflectors and your originals back to you by early next week.

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    Wow u aren't wasting anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfv41901 View Post
    Wow u aren't wasting anytime.
    Not that I'm rushing or anything, but these things aren't going to make themselves :-) It does help that I have a pretty flexible schedule and have a lot time at home.

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    Yeah, thats always a plus.

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