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Restoring turn signal and stop light lenses ?

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Most of us have probably encountered faded lenses in our 40 year old cars

Assuming they are in good overall condition expect for fading ,  is there any translucent spray for the inside in amber or red that can be used to freshen them up ?

In my searches, I don't find anything.    My fear is that the DOT  may be preventing such a product

Any tips or tricks out there to make old lenses look better

     

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I understand you can buy coloured clearcoats at model shops that can be used to revive faded lenses...never tried it myself but have seen reports on jaguar sites.

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Won't last forever, but try a red Magic Marker on the inside of the lens.  The ink is translucent and will redden the red lenses nicely--if not forever.  A yellow Hi-Liter will do the same for the amber turn signal lenses.  

 

mike

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While not exactly the lens treatment, but improves the visibility from within.

 I sandblasted the tail light inner housing and then painted it white and then silver on top of that.  Once the outer lens is installed it looks and works as good as the vac-metalized coating from the factory. 

 

but what do I know 

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If they are faded from oxidation, maybe plastic polish? I have used the Novus plastic polish kit for some other things, it works pretty well if you are patient. (Three step process) 

I think Meguiar's makes a clear plastic polish too. 

Has anyone tried it on lenses? 

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The red Nite Shades might work  It seems like it might be worth a test on a spare lens  since it says it is not removable  Only seen the black Nite Shades that clearly not what I'm after

 

Going to test the Red Nite Shades and the marking pen option mentioned by Mike to see what happens

 

Still open comments or suggestions  

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I've restored (professionally) red lenses on old 40s-50s cars using aerosol "candy apple" paints. Translucent. Red. Probably available in yellow, too. Worked well on the red stuff I did. Worth a try, I suppose!

 

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Im interested in how the night shades & paint tests turn out. I polished up my rear lenses and they turned out great but slightly different colors.
I've removed nightshades off of smooth acrylic with acetone. It worked pretty well. aa5fd7b06e32b38c5af476afad7865e8.jpg

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For Roundies, I highly recommend the reproduction lenses available from URO parts. 

 

They offer them in both red center and amber center versions.  I have them on both my cars.

 

Looks like URO also makes reproduction lenses for Square light cars as well.

 

Amazon link

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=BMW+2002tii+tail+light+lenses

 

 

 

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May have to resort to repos. I have them on my square tail restomod and they do look great

Just hopping to dress up the originals on a a Tii restoration because the purists can be soooo picky

Thanks for your recommendation

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11 hours ago, rstclark said:

May have to resort to repos. I have them on my square tail restomod and they do look great

Just hopping to dress up the originals on a a Tii restoration because the purists can be soooo picky

Thanks for your recommendation

I'm somewhat of a purist but recognize that being seen is a safety factor that cannot and should not be ignored.

From this picture can you tell these are the URO reproductions (on both cars)?

 

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21 hours ago, jgerock said:

 

 

Looks like URO also makes reproduction lenses for Square light cars as well.

 

Amazon link

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=BMW+2002tii+tail+light+lenses

 

 

 

Rock auto shows the URO square lenses for about a third of that price.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/bmw,1975,2002,2.0l+l4,1010811,body,tail+lamp+lens,11725

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Didn't care for how it came out. Meh

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Perhaps slightly tangential to your original question, but you can put in the proper colored LED bulbs to replace the original incandescent bulbs for a fairly significant bump in output, responsiveness, AND color correction.  Just don't use white LED bulbs in red or amber locations, as that will make the coloration much worse through the original lenses.  Note that you will need to change to an LED electronic flasher for the turn signals to still work properly, but this is pretty well documented here on the forums and IMO a worthwhile upgrade.
Edit: oh yeah, and they don't tend to melt the plastic lenses as much either, another bonus!

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melting

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