Casting tail light lenses

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Dave Czirr
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Casting tail light lenses

Post by Dave Czirr » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:09 pm

Another of those wonderful articles of restoration by Chris Wantuck and posted here with the author's permission. The article was originally published in the Spring 2010 issue of the "Metropolitan Skyline", a publication of the Metro Region of the CCCA. Many thank Chris for your devotion to the hobby and this wondeful series of articles.
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Re: Casting tail light lenses

Post by dmdelavan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:12 pm

May an old time dentist (class of 1957) who has had to repair dentures with acrylic resin and deal with air bubbles add a thought or two which has proven useful?

We used a small bench top vibrator when mixing the material and when running it into the place where it was needed. Most general dental offices should have such an appliance and perhaps your dentist would let you use it a bit. If you want to buy one, try eBay.

Also in processing a repair I made use of a small pressure cooker which had an air valve in place of the usual pressure vent and attached pressure gauge(obviously an after market project of little difficulty). When the material is in place you close and lock the pressure cooker,turn on the air until 16 psi was reached. and let it set that way for the necessary curing time.

With little variation I think this would be helpful to someone making the lenses described.
Don Gutting

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