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#1 jdcar32

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:59 PM

I have used a coat of slightly thinned ( with water) Testors window glue flowed onto those old tool chromed headlights to give them a better look. It's a water based glue, similar to Elmers I suppose, that is great for securing clear's without crazing or fogging. The headlights on the front of this AMT Merc are coated.


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#2 Miatatom

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:07 PM

I've got to remember this tip. Looks very real.

#3 Jantrix

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:11 PM

I've done something similar with just a bit of white acrylic added.

#4 SuperStockAndy

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:05 PM

That looks even better than clear plastic ones! :lol: Thanks!!

#5 trogdor

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:38 PM

Great tip, thanks.

#6 crazyjim

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 03:18 AM

I'll have to try that on the '90 Chevy C1500 pickup I'm almost done with. Thanks.

#7 Steven Zimmerman

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 03:22 AM

Wow !...I'm impressed...I knew about this trick for years, but just never thought it would work...I will HAFTA try that now....THANKS !...(See a picture IS worth a thousand words....)

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:28 PM

Useful tip. Thanks!

#9 TooOld

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:54 AM

That looks very real . Now I'm sorry I drilled out the lights on my current build !

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:01 AM

I'm not familiar with that particular type of glue. Is it sticky or does it flow a bit?

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 10:34 AM

I'm not familiar with that particular type of glue. Is it sticky or does it flow a bit?


It's similar to Elmers, it CAN be thinned with water to flow . I spread it with a toothpick to cover the lens. It takes about an hour, depending on temp, to go from milky to clear. I bought the Testors cement for clear parts at Michaels.

#12 Monty

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

I'll have to try that on the '90 Chevy C1500 pickup I'm almost done with. Thanks.


I'll be anxiouly waiting to see how yours turns out. My Chevy SS454 pickup is still in its box because I hated the way they did the headlights on it.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:54 PM

Ohhhhhh, I like this one! Thanks for sharing.



#14 vypurr59

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:19 AM

If you mix a small amount of Tamiya Transparant Blue, in with the watered down glue mix, it gives the appearance of HID headlights, just an FYI



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

That's a great tip, thanks for sharing.

#16 clovis

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

Awesome tip!!!

 

You guys are going to cost me a fortune...now I have to add Testor's window glue to my buy list!



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:15 AM

I use pearl white paint.  Thin it to airbrushing consistency and put it on with a brush.

Being thin the chrome will show through.