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    Tarnished Reflector on R75/5

    Hi all,

    Was replacing the rubber gasket and spring clips on my headlamp today (as well as cleaning the glass) and I noticed that my reflector is starting to tarnish. Is there any-way to clean the reflector? It appears to be a metal reflector, rather than the plastic version that Hucky sells.

    If its not cleanable, what would be the proper way to restore this? ie, having the chrome/mirror finish replated?


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    Jonathan

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    Maybe gently try 3M rubbing compound or look for a used one in good shape online.
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    Jonathan,

    I don't know a way to clean the layer of reflector material. The layer is very thin, and any abrasive (even a relatively mild one, such as rubbing compound) will quickly rub right through it.

    I think you have to replace it, either with a good used one or with a more modern one, such as on the R65.
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    Reflector

    Correct on the thin layer going away quickly! If you choose to get a modern, H-4 reflector for an R65, then you also need to get the lens as well. The /5 lens works with the incandescent bulb, but not well with the halogen bulb.
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    Snowbum mentions using some alcohol mixed with a small amount of detergent and in some water, and using appropriate lint-free cloth, and then flushing with clear water. Not sure this will help with "tarnished" but should help with "dirty".
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    Not sure about this one, but on other items I sometimes try a little toothpaste first as it is very mildly abrasive. Try in spot where it won't damage anything good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1074 View Post
    Correct on the thin layer going away quickly! If you choose to get a modern, H-4 reflector for an R65, then you also need to get the lens as well. The /5 lens works with the incandescent bulb, but not well with the halogen bulb.
    I already have an h4 kid/bulb/lens. (Says h4 on the lens).

    I'm not sure if it's from a /5 or if it's from an r65. Is there an easy way to tell?

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    Is this the proper reflector?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-New-Bosc...30983958557%26


    Mine looks similar (albeit tarnishing/de-silvering) minus the extra cap/shroud over the headlamp bulb.

    Not sure if these will work or not.

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