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Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:28 am

So to put it bluntly, my headlights are about as good as some cheap flashlights taped on the front bumper. I've looked at buying new assemblies, but even for "cheap" aftermarket I can't justify the price. However, I've had an idea for a cheaper DIY solution, assuming you can do this. Is it possible to pull the reflectors out of the headlight assembly?

I have a friend that runs an electroplating business. He usually does chromium plating, but says he can use other shiny metals. So I was thinking, if I can pull the reflectors out of the assemblies, I can clean them up and have them electroplated to be nice and shiny again. I hope Volvo used all-metal and not coated plastic reflectors.

I have a set of new glass lenses I got free from a friend, so this would complete a "free" headlight restoration without having to buy new assemblies.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector  Topic is solved

Post by erikv11 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:47 am

They are plastic.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:12 am

*various expletives* Darn, was hoping I was on to something, thanks. Looks like I'll have to shell out $600 for new headlights.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by misha » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:00 am

Plastic can be chromed...those reflectors are chromed but procedure is a bit different than on metal.

Why don't you visit a junkyard?There should be a plenty of good headlights.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:05 am

misha wrote:
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Plastic can be chromed...those reflectors are chromed but procedure is a bit different than on metal.

Why don't you visit a junkyard?There should be a plenty of good headlights.
Every time I'm lucky enough to find a P80 at a pick'n'pull, the front is mashed in and the headlights destroyed, or someone already helped themselves to the headlights. I'm 0 for 12 at the moment for getting anything useful from a junked 850.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by E Showell » Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:48 pm

I may have a couple decent headlights but won't have access to my stash 'til late Sunday if you can wait.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:11 pm

E Showell wrote:
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I may have a couple decent headlights but won't have access to my stash 'til late Sunday if you can wait.
Thanks E Showell. I am in no hurry on this project. More pressing things at the moment (leaking sunroof, seized caliper).


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by redc70 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:52 pm

FWIW, 111131 - Headlamp Assembly Left - P80 C70 V70 S70 - 8628402, replaced my left unit with this after a trip to Utah. Driving long desert stretches at night with the original was scary. The new one here made a huge difference. I really wanted some smoke projector headlamps but these will do. $89.95



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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by E Showell » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:15 am

I've got one decent driver's side headlight. Most likely aftermarket ( no discernable markings on it) with original Volvo glass. PM if interested.


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Re: Possible to Remove Headlight Reflector

Post by yair » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:30 pm

I have L +R headlights that I took off our 850.
PM if you are interested, I'm located at Vancouver, BC.


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