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Elan +2 front indicator lamps

PostPost by: RichC » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:15 am

in terms of gaskets for front lights i'd like to recomment my cheap and easy solution posted elsewhere .... get down to B&Q and buy some white door draught excluder which is abt 1cm wide and run it around the chrome contact area . it looks great 'cos the white is picked up thru the lens edge and it maximises the amount of chrome on show by the bulb so the whole lamp assembly looks brighter. Nice & soft & springy too so it gives good sealing .
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PostPost by: davidj » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:53 am


Just how does chrome on plastic work? It must be a dead cheap process given the number of kids toys, car trim etc finished in that fashion. My best guess is the plastic is coated with a metal based paint first to allow the chrome process to work.

I have often thought about making new units by casting the existing units in resin and having them chromed This would work even better with the rear units as well, and any spares could be sold on ebay for a fortune!

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:16 pm

I don't know about the process but it's called Mazak (sp?)

Unfortunately someone has beaten you to it - you can buy them new from Paul Matty and yes, they do cost a fortune!

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PostPost by: richgilb » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:08 pm

Well, the body shop guy said he has some black sealant which will work....hmmm. I shall see what that looks like first and then perhaps down to B&Q.

In terms of profiteering form rare parts, I reckon the Chapman signed steering wheel is a better bet. At least it would be relevant for other models....not just the thousand or so +2s. China anyone? Nyeeeehow!
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PostPost by: kstrutt11 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:05 am

I was looking at a new paint processes yesterday which is virtually indistinguishable from chrome, when this becomes more widely available it should be a much cheaper way to repair the old ones.

In the mean time I will be sticking with the patina of my current parts.

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