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Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

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Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by default » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:53 pm

Ok I know this will sound a bit weird but I’ve been thinking about how we could improve the shitty reflectors without spending $$$. I’m about to do the cheap projector mod and I’m going to play around with a spare set of lights before, so I was thinking about trying to cover the insides with the foil.


Thoughts? Has it been done/tried? If I get anywhere and it’s not been posted I’ll do a write up.



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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by erikv11 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:25 pm

There were a couple links about a month ago to people trying foil solutions: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=91577


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:50 pm

There was a company that sold a metallic chrome look-alike spray that was rather impressive. Haven't tried it on reflectors yet.


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by misha » Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:01 am

Why don't you try with car wrapping shop?
There is Oracal chrome foil on the market which could be used on reflectors.
It should last few years.


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by abscate » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:44 am

From the optics guy

Moving light efficiently requires precision on surfaces, and foil won’t be very good in this regard.


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by BlackBart » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:47 pm

I only use aluminum foil on my head....for the aliens.....

Seriously though, the old guys used to have their reflectors "re-silvered," but now I'm not sure what the process is, or who did it? A chrome shop?


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by Rattnalle » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:34 am

Foil works on diffused lights, rear or the one above the stove that usually doesn't even have a reflector to begin with. Not precision lights such as a headlight.



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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by Stu70 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:03 am

BlackBart wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:47 pm
I only use aluminum foil on my head....for the aliens.....

Seriously though, the old guys used to have their reflectors "re-silvered," but now I'm not sure what the process is, or who did it? A chrome shop?
Vacuum metalizing is the process of ‘re slivering’ and I’m only 47...


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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

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Re: Has anyone tried aluminum foil to fix headlights?

Post by BEJinFbk » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:06 pm

That looks pretty cool! 👍


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