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Is it possible to make your own Euro turn signals?

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I have been wondering lately if it was feasible to make some possibly removable euro style lenses for the front turn signals.

I have two chrome surrounds in good shape w/o lenses, and I have been thinking about going to lowes and seeing if they have some kind of clear plastic or of material that I could heat and mold to the shape lens, but I dont know how I would get it to attach to the frame.

I like the idea of doing this so I can make a pair of clear, and/ or Italian style lenses.

Any ideas? Anybody done this? Pics and links would be great!

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Hot Rodders, specifically the Lead Sled Kustom car crowd have been making their own taillights for eons. I think they heat and form sheets of red or amber plastic with the dimples on one side and smooth on the outer.. Tap plastics would be a much better place to go than Lowes. I haven't personally attempted it yet but that's a direction you could look towards for more info.

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It's definitely possible, but it becomes a question of how much you want to invest in the proper equipment to get truly authentic, bubble free castings. Then there's the issue of reshaping flaw-free originals (for casting purposes) so that they fit the bezels securely without being molded to both sides, like the factory method. If you just want to have a clear or bicolor piece of plastic serving as a lens, I'm sure there are less involved ways to do that. I can tell you from experience that it will be cheaper to buy a new pair of Italian lenses than to purchase everything you need to cast your own high quality lenses. The photo is a lens that I cast this past winter.

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It's definitely possible, but it becomes a question of how much you want to invest in the proper equipment to get truly authentic, bubble free castings. Then there's the issue of reshaping flaw-free originals (for casting purposes) so that they fit the bezels securely without being molded to both sides, like the factory method. If you just want to have a clear or bicolor piece of plastic serving as a lens, I'm sure there are less involved ways to do that. I can tell you from experience that it will be cheaper to buy a new pair of Italian lenses than to purchase everything you need to cast your own high quality lenses. The photo is a lens that I cast this past winter.

So did you make a mold so you can cast more lenses? Or.. how did you make what you have picture? It looks great!

Pics of the process would be great if you have them.

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I do have molds, which is how I made the one pictured. I had to sacrifice 2 Euro signals to make them - not a cheap sacrifice, but necessary. The molding/casting process is not easily described, but there is a lot of information available on the web. Keep in mind that the compound curves of the 02 lens create its own set of challenges beyond the basics of simple mold/cast methods. If I weren't retired from my real job, I could never have found the time needed to dub around with this for the past 8 months. Email me for more particulars. Thanks for the compliment!

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I'm working on some lasercut/thermo-form lenses that won't look like euros, but will be clear/white. I'd started out looking at casting, but couldn't find a water-clear casting resin that set hard enough at normal atmospheric pressure to be durable.

ought2- what type of resin did you use?

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I use Water Clear from Alumilite, but Reynold's Advanced sells a similar 2-part resin.

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