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.
[This topic needs improvement. This topic isn’t an encyclopedic archive of headlight reflector re-chroming and could use your input if you have it.]
See other Volvo Repair Database entries on improving headlight output and refurbishing old reflectors: