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5760rj

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This is the scenario, have a newly repainted bike with original and rechromed assorries, have a pair of PaperBoy Ducks with no plating, can't remove reflectors for plating, but have seen decoy ducks used in hunting, what if these where two tone painted to match the theme of bike, as an example? other options?
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Blackbomber

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Aug 23, 2018
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I’m curious to see how they’d respond to a careful low speed buffing wheel. I know that would destroy the (perfect, IMO) patina, but that wasn’t the question.

You could test on the inside, before committing. Personally, I’d save these for another bike, and get some repro ones for the repainted bike.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,831
Evans, GA
I’m curious to see how they’d respond to a careful low speed buffing wheel. I know that would destroy the (perfect, IMO) patina, but that wasn’t the question.

You could test on the inside, before committing. Personally, I’d save these for another bike, and get some repro ones for the repainted bike.
You must have been a nanosecond ahead of me on the response! V/r Shawn
 

frankandpam

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2016
467
Tacoma Wa
What Blackbomber and Shawn said. These things are a tough period piece and need to be left as original. Even on a repaint bike, they will get respect as is and probably draw all the attention and questions.
 

higgens

I live for the CABE
May 14, 2010
1,172
Lake Elsinore, United States
Yep put them on like that or buy new ones
 

bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
5,898
Bicycleland
the "repro" ducks were made in the 50s I guess (maybe 60s) by a different company that bought the tooling
 

5760rj

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 19, 2017
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Yep put them on like that or buy new ones
thought about buffing but wrong metal to do this to, even using jeweler rouge green or red, dont like the newer ducks to buy another set, as for leaving them alone best idea as not to ruin their original condition, how about water base paint?
 
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5760rj

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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the "repro" ducks were made in the 50s I guess (maybe 60s) by a different company that bought the tooling
I have a set of these, and I wasn't overly happy with how they fit on the bars
 
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5760rj

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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I have a set of these, and I wasn't overly happy with how they fit on the bars
bought a handelbar from Bob on one of his trips that were made in the 30s and it may sound nuts but these red reflector ducks fit very well on them VS. other newer 50s bars I have tried them on....
 

frankandpam

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2016
467
Tacoma Wa
If you must do something to them use extra fine 0000 grade steel wool with wd40. That will take off the crust ( I think your concern) and smooth/shine them back a bit without any real damage to the metal or their appearance. Just make sure its 0000 (note FOUR OOOO'S) grade extra fine steel wool with a lubricate like wd40 and do it by hand.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,817
Central Arizona
DIY powder coat if the reflectors can take 400 F. for 10-15 minutes.
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5760rj

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DIY powder coat if the reflectors can take 400 F. for 10-15 minutes. View attachment 1017342
did ask if any member had, no response. asked Scott because he had a pair and was looking for a reflector for one, but no luck and tryed letting them soak in acid tone to remove adhesive but no luck and to old, powder coat to risky, as I look at everything that I'll have on my bars and under which verys from 20s-50s, in assorries, chrome, nickel, plastic, rubber and assortment of color I think after waiting so long for these that because there not chrome it will be ok just the way they are, I would be sick if they were damaged during a process, I guess if they were chrome they would disappear along with everything else....
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,911
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Maybe try, Tarn-X?
Follow the instructions on the bottle, and you may be surprised by the results.
Then polish up with some Flitz.
They were originally nickel plated, so they won’t be as bright as chrome.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,817
Central Arizona
They look like some variation of pot metal.
 

5760rj

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They look like some variation of pot metal.
your right, and these two are probably going to continue on in this condition but will partake in a new beginning during the assembly......
 
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