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Has anyone found a suitable replacement for the reflective inserts ? 

The silvering has flaked off in one of the silvered plastic inserts

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I've been wondering about that as well - mine are the same.  I wonder if the "directional" nature of the new LED light bulbs would make the reflectors less important?  I've been meaning to buy one to try it out.

Pete

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I think that LED might be the only viable solution. 

I’m going to see if I can find a similar insert in other Lucas tail lights of the same vintage at an auto jumble  (I’ve already ruled out Maxi, Mini lights)

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There is a company in Birmingham that re-silvers the reflectors. Can’t remember the name (and it’s not cheap!) but if you run an appropriately worded search it’ll come up. They did a great job on my XJS. 


Regular restorer. Rather less reliable forum poster!

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Looks like Lucas 791 lights have the same inserts as the indicator lamp.

i’ve purchased one from fleabay and will provide an update when it arrives 

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I imagined the rover sd1 reflector would fit??

The LEDs might work better,  but I don't think they are legal if not OE.

Probably like a painted number plate though,  if you're not looking for trouble, you probably won't get any. 

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Would sticking strips of aluminium foil (to follow the contours) be any good?

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Good idea, I’ll probably do that if finding replacement inserts fail.

worked out that the fixing nuts are 8/32 so will replace all the existing ones, thankfully the threaded studs in the lenses are fine but the nuts are disintegrating ( a PO had used foil backed rubber as a gasket which I assume had caused this)

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3 hours ago, Straker said:

the threaded studs in the lenses are fine

Wow!  That's really good.  I've had to buy 3 lots to get to that point!

Pete

 

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I hope you find this more interesting than my work colleagues....

The inserts from sunbeam rapier lights fitted perfectly..... however they are just as flaky as the originals.....

So I tried a couple of the suggested solutions

the chrome spray Is not as good as the original mirrored finish its far better than regular silver spray paint. 

Foil - reflectivity was better but I couldn’t mimic the reflector shape 

Putting a lamp in both options the chrome spray was significantly brighter and equivalent to the tarnished but complete reflector in the other rear light.

 

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Hydro dipping transfer is now available in chrome, so if those reflectors are removable they can be recoloured with a bright chrome film. 

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