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    Hi, Has anyone found a way to refresh amber indicator lens, some of mine are very faded and dull. would painting them with clear nail varnish or laquer do the trick, I am a bit reluctant to try in case I ruin them but I am sure someone on here will have successfully sorted theirs

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    I polish them very gently on a buffing wheel using a mild abrasive .They look much better.
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    If the colour is faded try a model shop they have aerosol amber clear paint.
    VERY thin coats on the inside surface.
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    TAMIYA make a few colours of clear paints for models. Amber and red. It's OK if used on the lens inside a light cover. Tried it on a bulb that had faded, lasted a couple of weeks, just never adhered to the glass.
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    Default Lenze paint

    You can get it here at parts places ,you could also try a stained glass kit for painting light globes ,from craft shop ,we can also buy coloured globes to fit but that dousnt improve the look of the car pugs

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    Tamiya lens paint X26 orange.

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    as Brian says buff GENTLY on wheel or sand outside face with fine 1000 grade wet and dry sand paper
    then polish with brasso, it works a treat

    then model shop transparent color on inside of lens, as said already, spray light coats otherwise you get pools of darker color in the hollows

    you can buy lens paint at car shops but it is 10 times the price !!

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    Looks like a visit to my local craft shop, thanks for the advice.
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    Hi-Seems like you are speaking about the outside surface of the lens being dodgy-if that is the case the o/s needs polishing as stated.
    If it is the color on the i/s the the paint from the model shop.
    I have imply used paint cutters on the buff - the same as you would use while doing a cut & polish on a car.

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    i used orange globe dye from auto shop had to go to several before i could find it used it on GS indicator lens have used it in several other cars with faded lens worked well cheers andy

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    Default Topic died during the last crash so a search didn't find it

    I remember this can up a few years ago - gone into the godaddy eather

    At the links to Turin Imports you will find a red and amber dye that is formulated to revive the lenses. I've seen similar products around other outlets but suggest you go down this route.Turin Imports is in South Australia so a wee bit of stroll from you.

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    The model paints can peel - I had success limited with the Tamiya products on the actual lense in the past but didn't keep that car for very long.


    Recommend strongly that you use a dye, not a paint - when it peels it stuffs up the lens optics and getting it off is a PITA.

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