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Old 01-28-2012, 08:00 PM
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Paint for Turn Signal Bezel Repair

I just finished repairing my turn signal lens bezel. I used resin and hardner which gave a clear solid repair. Now I want to get the dark red color back so my repair matches the dark red of the bezel. Any ideas on what to use; paint or nail polish? Any specific shade of red? What have you used for this repair in the past?

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I think it would work better to have mixed a colorative agent with the resin when forming the repair area.
I dont know what you could use, maybe fabric dye like RIT or ????
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The nail polish may work, or maybe a translucent paint
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Just did some googling and learned that tail lenses are made fromacrylic ploymer, that requires methylene chloride as the adhesive .
Also article said to add color, grind up a piece of another lens and mix it in.
Not to sure if vintage cars use the acrylic polymer lenses or when the manufacturers started using them.
They used to sell a red lens epoxy, but it is scarce. I think it is not legal as most lenses have reflector area built into the lens for safety at night , say like when the car is parked with the lights off, to keep it fairly visible at night.
if you replace the lens with a red epoxy there isnt any way to make it reflectorized as the NTSHA wants to see
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Hey LATECH:

Early in the repair process I tried adding Rit red dye to epoxy and it would not mix in. I never tried this with resin & hardener. I will try dark red nail polish and can always thin it down.

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I found a way to tint resin red for minor tail light bezel repairs.

1 tsp. resin
4 - 8 drops Rit scarlet liquid dye
mix this throughly before adding 2 drops hardener.
mix more

If you want to make it reflective add some metal flake.

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Good info BT. Allways good to know a trick or secret when it comes to stuff like that.
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