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looks good. On one of mine, I'm thinking of cutting off the bottom horizontal part, enough so I can get some fingers in and use say, paint cleaner to clean the silver paint on the reflector, and maybe use a paintbrush to put some silver paint back on. I don't think it's chrome, just paint on plastic. This headlight I had gotten from a junkyard and the reflector was cracked and, I don't know, some of the silver paint had fallen off inside or something. I've sanded and cleaned the outside of the lens, and am thinking that if I can also make the reflector bright again, it might improve the brightness of the light.

Or, I might just try instead to heat the lens and pry it off like you did. I thought somewhere on FEOA I saw once a long thread about how to heat headlights and back lights in an oven so you can pry them apart, but when I searched recently, I couldn't find it.
 

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Oh, also, I sometimes go to Meguiar's Clear Plastic detailing forum at http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=66 , and, if I'm not mistaken, they recently admitted that Plast-X won't protect against oxidation but there might be products like Laminex or others that can help preserve the clarity after you've sanded, buffed, etc.

I hate to admit how many hours I've sanded and stuff, all manually, my headlights, but at least I can say I finally got them about even so that one isn't substantially dimmer than the other anymore, but still I wouldn't call them very clear, and when a car comes up behind me, it throws my car into a shadow over my own headlights.

I'm also using Sylvania Xtra-Vision bulbs inside, which supposedly are up to 20% brighter than their standard bulbs.
 

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When they make mirrors, they paint the back of the glass silver or something, then mount it to the backing. I have an antique dresser and many times, over time, some cloudiness, discoloration and stuff starts to show in old mirrors, and I assume you can do something to restore the mirror, by sanding, cleaning the back of the glass, then repainting. Well, I think it's just a high gloss silver paint, frankly. maybe I'll check a store that sells furniture restoration products.
 

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ok, yes. i should have googled 'restore mirror' first before I spoke, but anyway, a friend who is familiar w/the process, says that glass mirrors can be 'resilvered', but it can be expensive. I guess it just kind of was because I'd been recently thinking of restoring this antique mirror I have that I also thought of the headlight reflector. Also, FWIW, the inside mirror of my escort looks like it needs to be resilvered. It's cloudy and discolored, etc., and nothing I can do on the front of the glass is helping it, so you see, this is all kind of related, lol. Actually, I doubt if I can remove just the glass from this inside mirror in my escort so it looks like I may have to just replace the whole mirror assembly.

As for the reflector behind my headlights, I happened to see something called 'metallic silver' paint at the crafts store, and, going by the cap color which is very reflective, I think it will solve my needs for the reflector, anyway, if not the mirrors.

thanks again.

Edit: Does anyone by chance know if the inside and outside mirrors of these escorts have glass fronts or instead clear plastic? Reason I ask is that because of an unfortunate accident, one of my side view mirrors is badly scratched and am wondering if I can polish out the scratches like we do the headlight lenses, with sandpaper, wet and dry, etc.
 
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