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rechroming rear tail light cluster 365 gt 2+2

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by 365gtfr, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. 365gtfr

    365gtfr Rookie

    Dec 8, 2016
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    hello,

    On my car, the rear tail light cluster have to be renovated. They are not in a good condition and I have black bands upper and lower (maybe an addition from the previous owner beacause I never saw such bands).

    I would like to rechrome theses parts, a friend of mine said that it's in zamac. Do you think it's possible ? do you have any advices ?

    thank you

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  2. John Vardanian

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    You might want to speak with a reputable chrome shop as well.

    john
     
  3. Bowzer

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    Cannot see the chrome well in the picture. The black paint seems to be sprayed over the chrome. Maybe you could try to " clean off " the black paint with some alcohol first ? Just an idea, am no expert.
     
  4. Bryanp

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    See the top picture in post 21 of this thread, and my comment in post 22.

    https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/introducing-my-365-gt-2-2.413780/#post-142418045

    The top and bottom bands (where yours have been sprayed black) originally had a matte finish which, when viewed closely, was actually what I would call a micro-pebble finish - most likely sprayed on. As I commented 5 years ago, that original finish will come right off if you wash it too vigorously or polish the chrome finish.
     
  5. 365gtfr

    365gtfr Rookie

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    thanks for your advices. I will begin to clean gently the black bands (I agree with you on the finish Bryan). I've seen a lot of 365 GT with full chrome finish, not original by the way but clean ;-)
     
  6. donv

    donv F1 World Champ
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    Getting that right was very difficult. I think we had it done a few different times when I painted my car, and I actually had to buy (on ebay!) another set of those surrounds because mine were cracked.

    I suspect the reason most of them are just chromed is because that is much easier.
     
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  7. jippiejake

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    I have owned 2 Queens over there years and both were fully chromed. I too had to re-chrome mine. They were Pot-Metal type metal. Really cheap ****ty stuff. But with a good chrome company they will come out nice. I didn't go for the black bands though. Looks nicer fully chromed..This is the fun stuff to do for sure..
     
  8. abilliet

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    Image Unavailable, Please Login Any one have any new ideas about repairing the Chrome tail light surrounds to their original appearance? Especially the ‘ micropebble finish of the two outer bands ?
     
  9. srslusso

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    What serial # is you car ? I am trying to locate
    11727
     
  10. abilliet

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    13965. RHD


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  11. 365gtfr

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    S/N 11903
     
  12. shaughnessy

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    I have new old stock assemblies
     
  13. kare

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    I suspect much or most of the damage seen on old zamac parts comes from acid dipping done during an earlier re-chroming process. When the acid gets into the porous material, it will never come out and the less metal you have left, the more fragile the part gets.
     
  14. 365gtfr

    365gtfr Rookie

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    Hello Thomas, I'm interested, could you PM me with your conditions ? thank you.
     

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