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Hi chaps i have a vespa et4 with a headlight that look terrible inside is there a way to refurb, see pics ive managed to to remove the glass
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It's a sealed unit. It would be hard to get apart and then back together again without damaging it.

There's a Euro-light assembly that matches your light. Pricey, but nice!

https://www.scooterwest.com/vespa-et4-and-piaggio-lt150-xenon-euro-headlight-with-bulbs-294277-ia.html
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Indeed, I think replacing it by a new one is the only option.

The coating on the reflector, the mirror, has disappeared to a large extend. You cannot repair that with paint or so, you need a vacuum coater for that and that is industrial equipment.

More close to home I found this option: https://www.easyparts.com/Headlamp%2C-Halogen_(Genuine-parts)-p33526014

I also have partly damaged reflector coating in my headlight.
The dealer told me in his experience this typically happens when you cover the headlight by a coat or so when the lamp is still on, or shortly after shutting down the engine.
It leads to overheating of the mirror coating. I do not know if it is true. I got my BV like that when I bought it second hand.
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Taking it apart without breaking anything is the first hurdle.
Thorough cleaning is next.
Once that is done you can judge the real damage.
Like PeterCC says. To get real chrome like you usually require expensive tools. There is a real close imitation of mirror (and chrome) from "Alclad Shades" that can be applied with an airbrush. There are also stretchable mirror films for car wrapping that you might be able to use. Both are expensive materials and require talent with airbrushes and wrapping (respectively).
For less fancy but sometimes passable results you can go with silver spraypaint.
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Right there in his post he states that he already has the glass removed. Sand the tar out of it with 220 grit, every nook, every cranny, sand it again. Wash it with soap and water, risnse and let dry. Pick up a quality metallic chrome spray paint, use multiple light coats, let them dry 15 minutes between. When you're happy with the coverage, stop and et it dry for a week, placing it in direct sunlight when possible. When you put it back together, be sure not to touch the freshly painted surface. Can you find LED bulbs to replace the stock bulbs? If so, I'd swap them. Will this last? Maybe, maybe not. If not, you're only out some time and 10 bucks or so.
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Thanks guys,I've already managed to pry the glass off after heating with a heat gun,I've ordered some spray paint so will let you know how it goes ,
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If you decide to get a new one and don't want to pay the crazy price, Bosatta F297 is much clearer, with better optics, than the original Triom fixture. They are about as clear as glass. They can be found for about 25 of your quids, plus shipping from Italy, and there are a lot of them on Ebay.it and ebay.co.uk.
You can stick a Xenon bulb in it, and instantly triple the value.
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