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Offline ISOAR

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2014, 04:07:18 PM »

I don't know who complained about the silver paint. but I was one who complained that the surface was "dull". I would like to add that I was sent two more lenses that were far superior in appearance. They were shiny and new looking. I was completely satisfied. They are painted silver as described, not chromed, but very well done. No complaints from me on this product. They will go great on my Kammbacks. Great seller and product. I wish he was making bumper ends for Kammbacks as well.

 

I had one guy complain about these not being good because the silver is painted on as opposed to being chrome. Does anyone know for a fact that these pieces were chromed originally? To me it seems like it's just some type of paint as it comes off the stock lens fairly easily. I've contacted multiple chrome shops that specialize is plastic chroming; however no one will take on this job because it would require making a metal mask to cover the parts not to be chrome. The only place I found that would do it quoted me at over $600 in set up costs!
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2014, 06:42:45 PM »
Yes the originals were "chromed". And yes the reproductions that Kennedy sells use silver paint. There are several new "chrome" type paint or coatings available that might look closer to the stock chrome. Heres a site that list 6 different processes available.  http://www.thehogring.com/2012/10/16/6-ways-to-transform-plastic-into-chrome/
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2014, 07:05:32 PM »

I don't know who complained about the silver paint. but I was one who complained that the surface was "dull". I would like to add that I was sent two more lenses that were far superior in appearance. They were shiny and new looking. I was completely satisfied. They are painted silver as described, not chromed, but very well done. No complaints from me on this product. They will go great on my Kammbacks. Great seller and product. I wish he was making bumper ends for Kammbacks as well.

 

I had one guy complain about these not being good because the silver is painted on as opposed to being chrome. Does anyone know for a fact that these pieces were chromed originally? To me it seems like it's just some type of paint as it comes off the stock lens fairly easily. I've contacted multiple chrome shops that specialize is plastic chroming; however no one will take on this job because it would require making a metal mask to cover the parts not to be chrome. The only place I found that would do it quoted me at over $600 in set up costs!
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I'm glad you were happy!

Yes the originals were "chromed". And yes the reproductions that Kennedy sells use silver paint. There are several new "chrome" type paint or coatings available that might look closer to the stock chrome. Heres a site that list 6 different processes available.  http://www.thehogring.com/2012/10/16/6-ways-to-transform-plastic-into-chrome/

I've looked into a lot of these methods, unfortunately, they all seem to have one draw back or another. The reason I've stayed with the paint I'm using at the moment is because it seems to adhere to the plastic very well and since it's automotive paint, it should be good for quite some time. I would love to use the stretch chrome, however I've heard some people complain about it peeling off. When the surface area is so small, I'm fairly certain it wouldn't last more than a year; especially if anything hits it.

The companies listed there were some of the ones I've contacted, they declined me all together if I remember correctly.

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2014, 07:35:49 PM »
When the surface area is so small, I'm fairly certain it wouldn't last more than a year; especially if anything hits it.


 Perfect, just like the orginals then!   ;D  Seriously, chrome would be nice but for most, silver paint is fine.
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2014, 07:43:09 PM »
When the surface area is so small, I'm fairly certain it wouldn't last more than a year; especially if anything hits it.


 Perfect, just like the orginals then!   ;D  Seriously, chrome would be nice but for most, silver paint is fine.

Hahah... True. I plan on trying to make a metal mask myself so I can get them chromed over this summer, however I'm not certain I'm going to be able to make it work. I plan on working on reproduction spoilers and bumper corners first.

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2014, 11:04:03 PM »
Reproduction spoilers would be sweet! And I'm eventually gonna need a couple of your marker lenses as both of mine are cracked, but at the moment I'm broke  :(
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2014, 10:51:47 AM »
Reproduction spoilers would be sweet! And I'm eventually gonna need a couple of your marker lenses as both of mine are cracked, but at the moment I'm broke  :(

Sounds good! Just let me know when you want to order them. I plan to start work on the spoilers soon, I'll be posting about that once I get a good finished product.

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2014, 10:58:56 AM »
If you do the spoilers, it would be nice if you made them so the keyed lock would be accessible. That would eliminate the need for the trouble prone electric lock.
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2014, 11:37:31 AM »
If you do the spoilers, it would be nice if you made them so the keyed lock would be accessible. That would eliminate the need for the trouble prone electric lock.

It certainly would be doable! I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2014, 11:57:02 AM »
I've purchased the mold and supplies from Dave to continue making these exact same reproduction lenses into the future. All the prior pictures here are still accurate, just the person making them has changed.

To purchase them contact me at this email address:

[email protected]

The pricing remains the same with the additional option of painting the silver yourself.

Prices: (all prices exclude shipping)
Single Lens: $30 with the silver already painted ($25 without silver paint)
Pair of Lenses: $50 with the silver already painted ($40 without silver paint)
Custom Lenses: $65-85 a pair

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-1980 Eagle Station Wagon 258 Auto Fuel-injected with GM TBI

Minor Repairs Underway:
-1982 Eagle SX4 258 T5
-1981 Kammback 2.5L Iron Duke T5

Restoration Efforts Near Completion:
-1982 SX4- 401 NV3550
-1983 SX4- 4.5 MPI NSG370 (6 Speed)

Restoration Efforts Underway:
-1985 SW- 4.0 MPI AX15
-1982 SX4- 4.0 AW4
-1981 SX4- SD33T NV4500 (Turbodiesel 5 speed)

Future Rescue Efforts- '85 Maroon SW, '87 Limited SW, '84 Limited SW, '87 4 door Sedan, '81 2 door Sedan, '88 White SW, '77 4 door Hornet, '74 2 door Hornet, '79 Spirit AMX, '81 Kammback.

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2014, 01:37:26 PM »
I've purchased the mold and supplies from Dave to continue making these exact same reproduction lenses into the future. All the prior pictures here are still accurate, just the person making them has changed.

To purchase them contact me at this email address:

[email protected]

The pricing remains the same with the additional option of painting the silver yourself.

Prices: (all prices exclude shipping)
Single Lens: $30 with the silver already painted ($25 without silver paint)
Pair of Lenses: $50 with the silver already painted ($40 without silver paint)
Custom Lenses: $65-85 a pair

-Dave Spillane-

Dave,

Thanks for taking this on!  Its nice to have this option.  I bought a pair of the clear lenses but haven't decided what to do with them yet.  They are very high quality.
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2014, 12:27:11 AM »
I've purchased the mold and supplies from Dave to continue making these exact same reproduction lenses into the future. All the prior pictures here are still accurate, just the person making them has changed.

To purchase them contact me at this email address:

[email protected]

The pricing remains the same with the additional option of painting the silver yourself.

Prices: (all prices exclude shipping)
Single Lens: $30 with the silver already painted ($25 without silver paint)
Pair of Lenses: $50 with the silver already painted ($40 without silver paint)
Custom Lenses: $65-85 a pair

-Dave Spillane-

Dave,

Thanks for taking this on!  Its nice to have this option.  I bought a pair of the clear lenses but haven't decided what to do with them yet.  They are very high quality.
This is weird, there must be a shortage of names!  All 3 in the last post are named Dave!
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2014, 09:30:41 AM »
I would like a pair of them in the same/similar orange color as the front ones.    Can you do it?

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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2014, 06:16:58 PM »
I would like a pair of them in the same/similar orange color as the front ones.    Can you do it?

Morten

I think the quickest way to get your question answered is to email captspillane at the email address he included in his post.  Good luck, that would be pretty cool looking in the orange color!
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Re: Reproduction Rear SX4 Marker Lenses
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2014, 11:16:38 AM »
Thanks Van Gremlin, he did get to me through email. I haven't been on the forum in a couple weeks. There are several people waiting for the next batch to ship out and I'll have it out soon.

It is interesting that in Europe they would not pass the side markers in red color or in clear. I will be mixing to figure out the amber color used up front to make a matching set of rear lenses. Soon I will be reproducing the front marker lights too, mostly because I want to make the blacked out style available. I'm actually using a red set up front intended for the rear of a J10 truck because I don't like the orange color.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2014, 11:17:56 AM by captspillane »
Currently Inspected and Insured as of Jan 2013:
-1985 Eagle Station Wagon 258 T5 Stickshift
-1980 Eagle Station Wagon 258 Auto Fuel-injected with GM TBI

Minor Repairs Underway:
-1982 Eagle SX4 258 T5
-1981 Kammback 2.5L Iron Duke T5

Restoration Efforts Near Completion:
-1982 SX4- 401 NV3550
-1983 SX4- 4.5 MPI NSG370 (6 Speed)

Restoration Efforts Underway:
-1985 SW- 4.0 MPI AX15
-1982 SX4- 4.0 AW4
-1981 SX4- SD33T NV4500 (Turbodiesel 5 speed)

Future Rescue Efforts- '85 Maroon SW, '87 Limited SW, '84 Limited SW, '87 4 door Sedan, '81 2 door Sedan, '88 White SW, '77 4 door Hornet, '74 2 door Hornet, '79 Spirit AMX, '81 Kammback.

RIP- Red '81 SX4, '84 4dr Sedan, '84 SW, '81 SW, '80 Spirit, '83 SW, '83 4dr Sedan

 

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