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Old 09-14-2020, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning Silvered Plated Lamp Reflectors

Doing a search I came across an article about Cleaning Silvered Plated Lamp Reflectors from Mr. Bob Bidonde dated December 1999, going to give it a try as my reflectors have a dull like coating on them but appear to have a shine under that film. Thank you Mr. Bob any other tips before I dips?

Any other ideas would be appreciated especially if you have done this and it worked.

Yes... I know I can buy new ones, but where is the fun in that

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Old 09-14-2020, 09:10 PM   #2
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Never tried it but have heard "lamp black works".
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:38 PM   #3
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Never tried it but have heard "lamp black works".
Russ I am not familiar with this product, do you have a source or picture of "Lamp Black" what is this stuff?
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:33 PM   #4
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Alternative method.


Get an aluminum pot big enough to hold the reflector. Fill it with water and several tablespoons of baking soda. Put the reflector in the pot and boil the water. There will be a chemical reaction between the aluminum and the silver sulfide. The reflector should be shiny again.


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So how long do I boil the soda water? Let it sit to cool or wash it off with cold water? Just trying to not overlook something and ruin what I have.

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Old 09-14-2020, 11:32 PM   #6
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Doing a search I came across an article about Cleaning Silvered Plated Lamp Reflectors from Mr. Bob Bidonde dated December 1999
It would be nice if you posted a link to this article so others don't have to search.
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:51 AM   #7
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It would be nice if you posted a link to this article so others don't have to search.
You Sir are absolutely right!
I have thought the same thing many times after an exhausting search, my bad

Here is the link to the article

http://www.fordgarage.com/pages/reflectorcleaning.htm
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Old 09-15-2020, 05:59 AM   #8
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My 2 cents:
I don’t doubt the process works but I can tell you that when I tried it I was not satisfied. The reflectors were not pristine to begin with but ended up un-usable. I take credit but I am not sure what I did wrong, it removed some of the tarnish but lost its luster.

I sent them to Craig Riker to be re silvered, he is very reasonable.
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:11 AM   #9
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Did he actually resilver or chrome them? Big difference believe it or not
Yes Craig is reasonable but best of all very good! Best of two worlds!
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:48 AM   #10
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Tried the boiling water & Al foil, didn't work well. Guess the water didn't stay hot enough.
Read online the jewelry buffs use salted lemon juice. Tried white vinegar & salt, tarnish wiped off easily with a soft cloth.
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Russ I am not familiar with this product, do you have a source or picture of "Lamp Black" what is this stuff?
Lamp black/carbon black is basically plain old chimney soot. Pure carbon powder, probably sold by chemical suppliers.
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:59 AM   #12
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Not sure what he used buy I sent him my light reflectors and they came back looking like they just came out of the factory. VERY satisified and a great gentleman. Had the good fortune to meet Craig at the fall sale in Harrisburg, PA.
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My 2 cents:
I donít doubt the process works but I can tell you that when I tried it I was not satisfied. The reflectors were not pristine to begin with but ended up un-usable. I take credit but I am not sure what I did wrong, it removed some of the tarnish but lost its luster.

I sent them to Craig Riker to be re silvered, he is very reasonable.
I also had unsatisfactory results. What was the cost of resilvering or should I buy new ones from Steve.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:44 AM   #14
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I believe a lot of the tarnishing comes from incorrect gaskets on the headlamp. The cork gasket should make it very hard to snap that ring in. It almost makes it like an air tight seal. If done right, you should not have to clean them for years.
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I think that you'd be lucky to find a reflector that no one has ever touched before you got there. The coatings are thin and won't stand any abrasive, or even a finger print.
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:22 PM   #16
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Ok.... The boiling water and aluminum foil scared me...
so here is what I did and it worked well for me
I used Tarn-X and then applied a coat of wax, so far it looks good
Hope it doesn't dissolve in a puff of smoke overnight
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:31 PM   #17
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Here is a picture of a headlight on a car that sat in a barn since the mid 1960s, over 50 years. The silver is still very shiny.


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Russ I am not familiar with this product, do you have a source or picture of "Lamp Black" what is this stuff?

Here is a link.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/4748980...SABEgJh4_D_BwE


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Old 09-15-2020, 09:40 PM   #19
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Thanks Shew01, another day of learning, this is used as a polishing compound I assume
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I sent them to Craig Riker to be re silvered, he is very reasonable.
I have my reflectors ready to be re-silvered and the shop I have used in the past is no longer in business. Could you post Craig Riker's contact information?

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