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Chrome for the headlights and fog lights? (archive)

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Posted by jcarey on June 26, 2001 at 11:41:09:

In Reply to: Pics of 97 740il Sport w/ 20" RD wheels posted by Kevin Tan on June 26, 2001 at 09:56:43:

Kevin,
What a beauty!! I love the look of the 20" wheels witht he lowered body. The tint and shadowline side moldings really make this car look solid and smooth. Did you read the dialog I had with Chuck below that starts with "clear fog lights"? We were discussing how the headlamps and fog lights really look dark compared to the updated clear side lights. The front picture of your car is a perfect example of this. I was thinking of trying some "chrome" like spray paint on the lamp housings to create the reflective effect that the clear side lights have. I have researched various ways to get this effect from spray paints, to a spray powder that you bake, to adhesive metal foil, to real plastic chrome plating.

In general the spray paints are easiest to apply but they are not really "chrome-like". Next best would is a powder that Eastwood sells called Next best thing to chrome, that you spray and bake on at 400 degrees I think. They advertise this is the closest thing to "chrome" available from a can. Next, I found this adhesive metal foil that is used by scale model builders to create chrome. It comes in small sheets and it is adhesive backed. It is really metal so it looks like real chrome, but it takes a special technique to apply properly. The good news is it is cheap (5.00 for a 6"X9" sheet). Finally another member posted a web site where you can send plastic parts and they will chrome plate them. Dual headlights like ours cost $125.00 each, ($250.00 for the pair plus fog lights Ouch!) They indicated it costs more than metal to plate plastic, they charge $1.00/square inch, and you have to calculate the back and front surfaces. So needless to say I am getting ready to get some metal foil, even if I ruin a few sheets it is still so much cheaper than plating would be. Just a thought for your 97???....
john



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