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Offline Astute Greaser

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Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:48:34 AM »
Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere but trying too find the right search words
Got a decent Rev counter but the charge light tube lens is no longer Red and now mostly clear.
So easy to access from back, thought, was to use transparent stain glass paint.
Most of these paints need heating to 160 deg C to set. Clearly clock won't like that.
So found solvent based.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WamiQ-TRANSPARENT-OPAQUE-GLASS-PAINT-STAINED-SOLVENT-BASE-COLOURS-22-ml-WamiQ/162334520581?hash=item25cbe43505:m:mxzWOFaVOYEW1Eh9GHZnqJA

Seems great but are the hex faceted lenses, glass or plastic. Does anyone know  ???. Don't want to find out by watching the lens dissolve  :-[
Yes did think of using a Quality Street wrapper  :D. Alternately just stain the bulb, but look of clock will still be wrong.
Help and advice please :)
-Mike

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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2020, 11:16:40 AM »
Mike

If no luck with an answer here, might be worth trying a chap in the US called Anthony Pack (username on the Yamaha Enduros forum is DEET). Amongst many, many other things (eg new looms, oil pump rebuilds) he refurbishes clocks.

He might have the info that you are looking for and his email is yamaha@nc.rr.com

Regards.

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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 01:52:42 PM »
Hi Mike,

Have you thought about using Tamiya Model Paint as that's Acrylic and shouldn't dissolve the plastic as it's meant for painting such material. Clear Red:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tamiya-Acrylic-Mini-X-27-Clear-Red-Paint/202413655467?hash=item2f20cb45ab:g:8NAAAOSwsnVd892f

cheers,

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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 02:12:49 PM »
Alan
Thank you for the details of what sounds a true professional. Will hold off for now.

Jeff
Again thank you. Had looked at acrylic but assumed all colours were solid. At that price will experiment on glass and some differing clear plastics.

Will post back how I get on. Again much obliged to all. ;D
-Mike
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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2020, 10:38:43 PM »
No experience, but have heard of using nail polish for things like this.

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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2020, 08:14:32 PM »
Hi Mike,

Have you thought about using Tamiya Model Paint as that's Acrylic and shouldn't dissolve the plastic as it's meant for painting such material. Clear Red:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tamiya-Acrylic-Mini-X-27-Clear-Red-Paint/202413655467?hash=item2f20cb45ab:g:8NAAAOSwsnVd892f

cheers,

Jeff

Well that worked great. 2 coats did the job.
Experimented on glass and different plastics. The clear paint does have a weak solvent but no problems. You can scratch off with your finger nail but inside the lens nahh.
Thanks all.
-Mike
« Last Edit: February 07, 2020, 08:16:25 PM by Astute Greaser »

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Re: Rev Counter light tube Lens - colour restore
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2020, 08:39:39 PM »
Hopefully the heat from the 3 or 4w bulb won't melt it off!  :D :o

Well done that man!
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