Headlight bezel self restoration?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by tubecatgs, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    I have a decent set of 70 bezels but thay have some minor pitting. The car is a slightly better than average driver. Any tips on filling in the pits (with body filler maybe) in the chrome areas? I have seen some chrome spray paints out there... are any of them any good (the video for Alsa Easy Chrome looks impressive but expensive).

    Thanks
     
  2. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    I've never seen a chrome spray paint that actually looked like chrome. I've tried a dozen or more different brands/types. Fine steel wool and a buffing shines it up pretty good and makes the pits less noticeable. If you got the money, you might try a rechrome shop... some are pretty good with pot metal. Getting hard to find these original bezels that have good chrome on them still.
     
  3. gsgnnut

    gsgnnut Well-Known Member

    steel wool if they are not too bad. I've also sanded and filled the pits with filler and gave it body color paint and it looks great, certainly better than the corrosion and pits.
     
  4. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Wow, steel wool made a big difference.... thanks! Top one was done with steel wool and bottom hasn't been touched yet.

    Next question. I think the lower part is supposed to be painted body color to match the metal piece that goes along the bottom of the 70 grille.... it looks like these were completely rechromed at some point. Would it look awkward to leave them chrome or should i paint them when i paint the lower grille metal trim? Thanks
     

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  5. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    Yeah, the bottom portions are supposed to be painted the same color as the car. You can leave them chrome... it's your car so whatever you like. If you want it to look original, you'll need to paint that part.
     
  6. 1970stage1455

    1970stage1455 Well-Known Member

    These were left all chrome
     

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  7. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Thanks. Looks good. You wouldn't have a pic from the center of the car looking down a bit, juzt curious how noticable will it be when it aligns with the metal strip under the grille.
     
  8. 1970stage1455

    1970stage1455 Well-Known Member

    I can get one next time I'm around the car, it's away for winter
     
  9. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Paint them please
     
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  10. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Ok thanks. Don't worry about it... i need to paint the lower grille trim piece anyway but was curious.
     
  11. BBBPat

    BBBPat Well-Known Member

    A dremel with a small stone wheel to touch each pit. Then a drop of MOLOTOW chrome paint. Its probably enough to fill the pit if done properly.
     
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  12. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    I filled my pits and painted mine GSX style.
    I couldn't find any good ones 30 years ago
     
  13. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Before and after. Not bad for some steel wool and automotive spray touch up base coat and clear coat.... not perfect for good enough for my driver.

    Thanks all!
     

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  14. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    X2! Looks worse than an unpainted 72 hood molding :)
     

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