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Tail light black paint question
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I am currently reconditioning the tail lights on my 73 and the black paint on the chrome portion is in serious need of a repaint. Was the black originally flat black or gloss? Any recommendations on brand of paint, etc. I have the lenses and back housings cleaned up pretty well and need to take care of the chrome portion now. Thanks for all recommendations and advice.

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The paint was a low gloss. Duplicolor make a nice low gloss in a rattle can.

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Thanks, I appreciate the quick response and recommendation. Going to mask off the chrome part and go pick some paint up in the morning.

Tom
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SEM also makes an excellent trim black paint, used it on the taillight panel trim as well.

BTW, the only chrome on a 73 would be the rear bumper, everything else is either polished stainless or bright dip aluminum.


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SEM Trim black works well. Make sure you pull the tape before the paint drys.


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(11-08-2018, 07:32 PM)vintageman Wrote: I am currently reconditioning the tail lights on my 73 and the black paint on the chrome portion is in serious need of a repaint. Was the black originally flat black or gloss? Any recommendations on brand of paint, etc. I have the lenses and back housings cleaned up pretty well and need to take care of the chrome portion now. Thanks for all recommendations and advice.

Tom

I thought, '73 taillights were without blackening... Or will you not go the concourse route? Either way: with black it looks better in my opinion. But with my '73 I will go as original as possible and will let them "chrome" Wink

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The 73 tail lights do not get the black outline and neither does the aluminum strips above and below the honey comb. That was a cost reduction, lol. You do need to spray the black out where the honey comb comes over to the tail light opening. Here is picture of a 73 Vert that has Decor Group so it had the textured panel in back.
BTW Daniel Carpenter has new tail lights on his surplus site for half price due to the trim being loose from the lens. They have the Ford log and are great. I put new set in the 73 vert when these pics were made. His gaskets are also much better than the original Ford ones. I had NOS Ford and did not use because his are so much better.
Even with this car being from California they rust around the tail lights because there was no or little paint on the inside and the foam gaskets trapped water. I did not try to paint just sprayed some flat black where I fiber glassed the rust. This is my driver not a show car.
That is Carpenters lens and frames in the pic. DO NOT BLACK OUT 73 FRAMES OR ALUMINUM TRIM IN REAR.

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(11-09-2018, 10:25 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: BTW Daniel Carpenter has new tail lights on his surplus site for half price due to the trim being loose from the lens. 

David - do you have a link to his surplus site?


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(11-08-2018, 07:32 PM)vintageman Wrote: I am currently reconditioning the tail lights on my 73 and the black paint on the chrome portion is in serious need of a repaint. Was the black originally flat black or gloss? Any recommendations on brand of paint, etc. I have the lenses and back housings cleaned up pretty well and need to take care of the chrome portion now. Thanks for all recommendations and advice.

Tom

 I have a couple sets of original 71-72's I'm eventually going to redo. Only 71-72's had the black, 73 did not. BUT if you like it, why not. Looks better anyway.
 As the bright aluminum on both sets isn't the best, my plan is strip, polish and clear powder coat them. I expect I'll need to do the black separately as too much heat will yellow the clear finish. I will for sure use my stand-by SEM Trim Black for that. Preparation is KEY to any repaint work.
Please note, this will be very much an experiment using clear power coat. Temperature control is vital. It will be interesting!
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