Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA BR-549
I would make a mold of your red taillights, then use clear epoxy resin to recast the lights. It would be much easier and it would fit just as good. I can't remember the brand name off hand, but I can look later if you want.
I have made lenses for my vintage motorcycles usin this stuff and it holds up well. of course, because the lenses on a motorcycle are more 3 demensional, I have to make a mold that goes completely around the lense, in 2 pieces, and then vacuum inject the resin. It's a lot simpler than it sounds. all you need is a large plastic bag like for storing food, and a shop vac. you just put the mold in the bag, poke a hole at the mold fill hole, and tape it around, then poke a big hole in the opposite side,and duct tape it to the shop vac hose. that way, after you fill the mold, you turn on the shop vac, suck the bag down tight, refill the mold and keep repeating until you see resin coming out evenly around the seam of the mold. I always leave the mold sitting fill side up the whole time so that any air bubbles that might stay in there will float up. I also put a little bit of resin in teh mold and turn it around and around on all sides to try and get it to coat the inside first.
It took me 3 or 4 tries to get it to work the first time, but haven't had a problem since.
Mold release agent can be bought at marine supply places that sell boat fiberglass; or you can get it at some paint stores.
otherwise, just make sure the mold is smooth inside.
same as fiberglass...
any other questions, just ask.
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