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MG TD TF 1500 - Cleaning original headlamp reflectors

I received the following from a fellow enthusiast who I have steered to this forum. Can anybody help him out? Bud
Bud Krueger

You have to be very carefull with the silvering.

I have had good result with immersing the whole unit in hot water with normal washing up liquid and rinsing it a lot.

Resist the temptation to wipe it with any rough cloth because it scratches immediately.

After cleaning rinse repeatedly with clean water and dry with a hairdryer.

Apparently reflectors can be resilvered, but that will be costly?

Willem vd Veer

What happened to the text?
I am in the midst ( year four of a three year project with many to go) of restoring my aunt's '50 TD.
So far there isn't anything that I haven't taken apart. Not always a good nor wise thing, but I don't know what I'm doing.
Recently, while waiting for the fuel tank sealer to dry, I took the headlamp cans off the shelf and started work on them. (making something shinny was more interesting than waiting for paint to dry.) As far as I can tell they are original and still have 60 years of dust and whatnot on the inside of the lens reflector unit. I would really like to keep the originals and am looking for some advice about cleaning them out.
Would you have any? Advice that is.

Bud Krueger

This thread was discussed on 15/11/2011

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