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    Senior Member jack999's Avatar
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    Need help please

    I have a small plastic part I need replicated. Its the inner shroud of a headlight. I'm wondering who I should contact to have this replicated?
    I'm not sure of the steps or the process so any info is appreciated.
    Do I need to take it to a mould place first and then to a plastic place after?
    I've been looking through the yellowpages and cant seem to find anything related to this.
    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Need help please

    got any pics?
    depending on what it is and the plastic thats used you could silicone/rubber mould it then cast it? grp even?
    there are plenty of options but it all depends on exactly what shape/size/material it is

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    Re: Need help please

    This is not it exactly but same parts just different headlight.




    Also wondering if its possible to replicate the headlight housing back part? See picture below.

    Just minus the reflector piece and thats what I need as well.

    Not sure about grp? mould or casting but if this is something I can do at home that would be sweet. I can imagine the tooling for a shop on such a small quantity would hardly be worth my while.

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    Re: Need help please

    cant see the pics?

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    Re: Need help please

    gah...
    forgot, I cant attach images.. here are the links then.. in the proper order.

    http://members.tripod.com/brokenlimi...s/DSC01182.JPG
    http://members.tripod.com/brokenlimi...s/DSC00046.JPG

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    Re: Need help please

    still no luck.. maybe you can post them on photobucket?

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    Re: Need help please

    LOL 3rd try ;D



    back side of second piece


    The other thing I wondered was how do they get the inside chromed? Its not paint I dont think but almost like a film has been applied.

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    Re: Need help please

    there are lots of companies that chrome plastic.im not sure how they do it but its a common thing

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    Re: Need help please

    Plastic chrome is a 5 part process, and you can buy the set-up for around 3K. You can chrome anything from plastic to wood, rubber to dryer lint. Its really cool, but expensive. We use it sometimes in the studios.
    Without talent experience is worthless

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    Re: Need help please

    the chroming is simple. if you want to do lots of chroming buy a kit and do it yourself, for just a few parts you may as well go to someone and have them do it for you. there are plenty of places about.

    as for molding the actual part, the front does look possible to mold in fibreglass but the back looks like it will be very complicated. it could still be done using silicone maybe, but dont expect it to be cheap!

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