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How to Create a Replacement Tail Light - Moldmaking and Clear Casting Resin Demonstration

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Headlight lens restoration & repair. This mold making how-to DIY video tutorial shows how you can replicate a tail light lens of any car using a Mold star silicone rubber mold and Crystal Clear optically-clear UV resistant resin. This video shows you how to replicate the turn signal lens of a Volkswagen. Learn more about Crystal Clear resin at https://www.smooth-on.com/product-line/crystal-clear/ Crystal Clear® Series resins are water white clear and made specifically for applications that require absolute clarity. These rigid urethane casting resins differ only in working and demold times. Crystal Clear® products cure at room temperature with negligible shrinkage. Cured castings are UV Resistant and are not brittle. Vibrant colors and color effects are achieved by adding SO‑Strong® color tints. --- Make It Now! with Smooth-On https://www.smooth-on.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SmoothOn https://twitter.com/SmoothOn https://www.instagram.com/SmoothOn https://www.google.com/+smoothon -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Adult Supervision Required Keep Out Of Reach Of Children -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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robert krondorfer (13 hours ago)
Cant seem to find a Norwegian distributor?
Peyton Harris (1 day ago)
Can’t purchase because it says it’s for industrial use
cobra3289 (2 days ago)
Maybe I can cast a new clear head light lens for my car
Keith Newton (12 days ago)
You can buy those they are industry standard after market rectangular indicator lenses
Comment Beast (15 days ago)
Can you produce larger molds this way??
Comment Beast (13 days ago)
+Smooth-On awesome! Thank you for letting me know
Smooth-On (13 days ago)
Absolutely!
iambeeman1 (15 days ago)
Which car is being restored?
Aliyani Yani (16 days ago)
Subtitle indonesia
Rick Beam (16 days ago)
Thank you we'll Done Video... Covers process ant Materials Excellently. The NOS parts for the 76-80 Cars I work with restoring are Quite pricey...also this makes the opportunity for me to make custom one off using modified originals As Patterns too ..
Frank Harriger (19 days ago)
Multi colored lenses can be done by beginners. Make 2 molds or split your mold in half. For the back up lights on trucks, make a seperate clear square ( or bowtie, get creative ) and glue ( resin ) them together. Now, whats missing is the reflectiveness, so I just add glow in the dark powder to the resin. The lenses glow a bit at night, heps your car to be seen ( & car shows cant get enough of glow pieces, lol ) I never thought people would be interested in this process so i never thought about doing a video of glow accessories. Maybe in the future i will.
p s (20 days ago)
I have a good question. When recasting a tail light lense with two colors what would be the process? Two different molds or same mold with two different fill points, and will the resins bond to each other when cured?
Smooth-On (19 days ago)
They will bond together as long as the new resin is poured soon after the previous is cured. As for an actual technique, either could be used.
Roberto Badilla (22 days ago)
Excelent video!
Smooth-On (21 days ago)
Thank you for watching!
Estevan Valdez (23 days ago)
Is there way to mold something like a intake manifold ... I’ve noticed a lot newer car have intakes made of plastics ... if one where to model with a 3D printer then use a mold with a stronger Material
Smooth-On (21 days ago)
Can you send us a tech ticket? Our team can help you - https://www.smooth-on.com/support/ticket/add/agree/
Estevan Valdez (23 days ago)
Is that a mk1 ?
Les Termoil (27 days ago)
Neat I have an area under my radio in my car that is about one and 3/8 inches high x seven inches wide x 6 inches deep. I would love to make a mold of a drawer with separation sections for coins etc. that utilizes all the available space and cast it but all videos require a blank or a part to cast any ideas how to make the blank and then cast it?
Smooth-On (26 days ago)
Can you send us a tech ticket? Our team can help you - https://www.smooth-on.com/support/ticket/add/agree/
what ever the car is, we know it's not a BMW because the blinker works,(><,)
rdgk1se3019 (29 days ago)
Hey Milo, how far along are you on your vehicle restoration?
Dave Johnson (1 month ago)
Nice workshop !
Smooth-On (30 days ago)
Thank you for watching!
Jeremy Gerhard (1 month ago)
Do some 1966 Dodge Charger Rear tail light. You will make some cash$
MrSocalrex88 (1 month ago)
Man that was awesome. Something I need to learn
Skip Shepherd 01 (1 month ago)
He put to much thought into it. All he needed was a lens to copy , push it down into some playdough and pour on the amber tinted clear resin.
Wayne Moss (1 month ago)
Rather than me purchasing the mold making materials and lens casting materials, do you do lens replication work? I need a replacement for a Grotelite 450 taillight lens for a 1965 camping trailer. My email is [email protected]
Smooth-On (1 month ago)
HI Wayne, we do not perform this work, but we do list some moldmakers on our website who may be able to help. https://www.smooth-on.com/moldmaker/
paulo capela (1 month ago)
trabalho muito bom
Agostino aiello (1 month ago)
How strong would you say the new tail light lense is compared to the original? Can they be transparent, clear like glass and as strong?
Smooth-On (1 month ago)
Absolutely. Crystal Clear is one of the strongest resins we manufacture.
Afsal Abba (1 month ago)
#AfsalAbba 👍👍👍👍👍
Abby Babby (1 month ago)
I am about to show you how incompetent I am in molding. I have only ever seen vacuum used when making items. Everything I make is appliances for masks or other makeup applications. Can you point me to reference material on pressure use? Thank you, and very well made production.
Abby Babby (1 month ago)
Thank you Sir. Makes perfect sense.
Smooth-On (1 month ago)
This video may be helpful - https://www.smooth-on.com/tutorials/eliminate-bubbles-resin-castings-pressure-casting/
Pfsif (1 month ago)
No wonder Ford charges $1200 for one of these lights!
luis rangel (1 month ago)
Excellent Congratulations
Salman S. Khan (2 months ago)
No need of injection moulding machine...any more..?
Salman S. Khan (1 month ago)
+Smooth-On Thanx for the reply any knowledge u can share on FRP/GRP products making
Smooth-On (1 month ago)
Injection molding still has its place, this is a different method using a flexible mold as opposed to aluminum. Thank you for watching!
Fred Sanford (2 months ago)
Simple and easy? Haha.not for me,butt interresting.i was watching metal forming and found this.
Tony O (2 months ago)
Can you make me some. Let me know how much money. I'm very interested.
Smooth-On (2 months ago)
Thanks for watching Tony O. We do not provide moldmaking services, but we do have a list of moldmakers on our website: https://www.smooth-on.com/moldmaker/
zam seg @ lordkrome (2 months ago)
hello sir, i'm planning on making a mold for casio g-shock resin part, any idea on how to do it and what item should i use? sorry for the noob questions. i'm new to this and this is going to be my project to resurrect my old g-shock watches.
zam seg @ lordkrome (2 months ago)
duly noted sir. thank you again for your quick reply. :)
Smooth-On (2 months ago)
Hi there! This is a good question for our tech support team, can you send them a ticket here? https://www.smooth-on.com/support/ticket/add/agree/ Thanks for watching!
Andrew Bewernick (2 months ago)
I didn't read through all the comments so maybe the following question came up already. Why not use a vacuum chamber instead? I would think a vacuum would draw out the air bubbles. How is a pressure chamber better?
Andrew Bewernick (1 month ago)
I saw one video where they placed the molding compound in a vacuum chamber first then went on to pour the mold. I'm thinking this is a good way to go.
Gplus sucks big (1 month ago)
My question as well
zam seg @ lordkrome (2 months ago)
thank you for your englighment sir.
Smooth-On (2 months ago)
A vacuum chamber will draw out the bubbles that are mixed into the resin in the act of mixing, but the resin can still pick up bubbles during the act of pouring. As pressure casting happens after the material is poured, as long as the mold is made correctly, this will eliminate those bubbles.
zam seg @ lordkrome (2 months ago)
yeah sir, i keep thinking the same question. any differences between pressure chamber and vacuum chamber?
Ayan Kz (2 months ago)
👍👍👍👍👍
orange county (2 months ago)
Can you make me some amber colore lens for a 52 chevy deluxe or give me a list of what materials i need to try on my own thanks for any help
Smooth-On (2 months ago)
Can you send us a support ticket? Our team can help you out.
don cuco mata (2 months ago)
Donde consigo el material azul para moldes
don cuco mata (2 months ago)
?
ryan barker (3 months ago)
want to get into things like this soon and would love a pressure pot, but $832 is a bit pricey. :)
Anatoly Kalchik (3 months ago)
Thank you for very good video of how to Create a Replacement Tail Light. Very informative.
Smooth-On (2 months ago)
Thank you for watching!
Tony Hang (3 months ago)
I would pay someone money to mold me one tail light cover!! Contact me
ane gan (3 months ago)
Wow.......
Byron Hilands (3 months ago)
good video
israelcudia (3 months ago)
Epic
Smooth-On (3 months ago)
Thanks for watching!
James Siebold (3 months ago)
Have you ever made multi-colored tail lights with this process? I have a couple of European cars (Citroen 2CV and a Trabant 601) that do not have integrated backup lights built into the tail lights. Usually these cars have backup lights (and rear fog lights) mounted off the rear bumper and look awful. I'd like to make some for both cars. Since I live in the US, the rear turn signals do not need to be amber as mandated in most European countries. I was thinking about replacing the tail light socket with a dual filament socket and use the higher 21 watt filament for the brake lights and the lower 5 watt filament as the tail lights then make the former amber turn signal white and use it's socket for the back up lights.
John ______ (3 months ago)
5 Horsepower ??? You've got to be kidding me? I pretty sure a 2HP could very easily reach 60 psi ! Most everyone I know doesn't even own a 5 HP - not to mention a 5HP would almost certainly be 240V.
John ______ (3 months ago)
Do you guys at Smooth-On think this will work for a wax injection molds for investment casting __ that is: molds in which you can get repeating wax patterns from ? Thanks!
Builder Dex (4 months ago)
Don't do the calculations to find out what the tensile stress is on those pressure pot bolts. It will terrify you!
kize32 (4 months ago)
What car is that? Looks fairly modern to me so doubt there are no spares available. Nevertheless you've made a good video
WhiteBoiGotti (4 months ago)
How much would you charge for a pair of 1986 cutlass supreme tail lights?
John ______ (3 months ago)
Learn how to do it yourself with the materials they sell !! Jeeze… _they just showed you how to do it !!_
WhiteBoiGotti (3 months ago)
Smooth-On damn yall suck.. Do you know how much money you could make?
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
We do not make custom tail lights here, we make the raw materials to produce the lights.
Grant Keller (4 months ago)
I know this is a old vid but... Very impressive, professional and detailed. I would hire you in a heartbeat for whatever my needs were strictly based on your work ethics. Thanks for sharing.
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
Romy Herianto (4 months ago)
try to make a house from plastic, like lego, but strong and can be inhabited
Vincent Owyong (4 months ago)
WOW !!!
ahmed bob (4 months ago)
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Keith Pickelhaupt (4 months ago)
Great video. Thank you. I have one issue however. You said that a 10 gallon, or 5 HP compressor would do the job. And yes, it definitely would. t great expense if you dont already have one! But, unless there is some reason that the chamber must be brought up to pressure quickly, a simple automobile car tire infiltrator would to the job just as well on 2 or 3 minutes tops. Would a slow pressure rise cause any problems in the mold making or part casting process?
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
Depending on the cure time of the material, it may be gelled to a point where pressure cannot exert sufficient force on the bubbles.
Slim Dusty (4 months ago)
Tu meke
Tony Mcfarlan (4 months ago)
Can you cast tail light for a 78-79 Olds Cutlass two door G body. And a 82-88 Olds Cutlass 2 door G body
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
We don't do custom casting, we show how you can do it yourself.
ryan migliori (4 months ago)
My 1990 Lincoln and 96 both have plastic head lights and turn signals. I have learned to aerospace 303 and motorkote spray them to keep them from cracking so far it seems to work.
rdgk1se3019 (4 months ago)
A question for you.......can the clear resin be tinted to make a smoked effect?.....like in a tinted window?.....also in this video did you use any release agent for the clay that was used?
Guns Cars and Digits (4 months ago)
I had no idea molding plastics was this simple. I'm so used to heat molded recycled plastic. Which plastics are good at "wetting" fiberglass or Kevlar? I need to make some engine parts in the 220F range.
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
You may want to look at our EpoxAmite HT high-temp laminating epoxy. https://www.smooth-on.com/products/epoxamite-ht/
TheDracfink (4 months ago)
does smooth-on have any composite material or resin that would work good for a cars shift gate? the part that the manual shift stick slides thru without the fingers bending?
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
One or our Simpact urethanes may be suitable. https://www.smooth-on.com/product-line/simpact-series/
Syrus54 (4 months ago)
Do you guys have CLEAR for headlights and windows???
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
Yes, our Crystal Clear resins are optically clear, https://www.smooth-on.com/product-line/crystal-clear/
Ariel Bustillos (4 months ago)
This is a great. PRO video.but what about the costs? what is the cost of making that tail light per example?
Pradeep kumar (4 months ago)
Is it recyclable and it's better than plastic
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
This resin is not recyclable.
Stan Skaggs (4 months ago)
Pontiac Fiero GT tail lights!! Please!!!
Smooth-On (4 months ago)
Great idea!
David Steinhour (4 months ago)
Mk4 VW Golf?
daishi9000 (4 months ago)
wow, can you make headlights? the clear section of a headlight
dadedubbledee (4 months ago)
Ok just seen prior same question. Ok could you make a comparison. One with vacuum one with pressure?
dadedubbledee (4 months ago)
Could you not vacuum the pot?
Vicki B (4 months ago)
Why could you not use the first silicone mold and fill it with cement? Is it too weak to hold the concrete?
Ronald Tirador (4 months ago)
Thank you dude I could not find parts for my classic Cadillac And i almost five up until I found your video now I could my that classic dashboard and tail light cover Thank you so much my friend ✊😊✊
Vickie Day (4 months ago)
i need replacement rubber boots for a 1950 Willys jeep PTO shaft. It's hollow cone shaped with the acordian type sides for flexability. Can this shape be made?
Charles Watts (4 months ago)
How much did the materials cost that were used for this video? Not the purchase price, but the cost per weight of materials used.
opelwasp (4 months ago)
Wouldn't it be a good idea to first vacuum the air from the tank to remove any possibility of air bubbles in the Crystal Clear 202, then pressurize the tank for curing?
TRX VLOGGER (4 months ago)
Fun video but going through all this hassle you could've just found a brand new aftermarket one online for like 15 bucks.
Rolo Tomassi (5 months ago)
AMAZING! SO PROFESSIONAL MADE VIDEO AND PRODUCTS. ! The resin its UV protected?
Amrane abde (5 months ago)
Hi, wondrous, your work is possible to learn like you
333GCM (5 months ago)
Very cool video. You made it look easy, but I believe this is beyond my comfort level! LOL
rdgk1se3019 (5 months ago)
How about a colored bezel lens for a railroad lantern or signal?
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
Great idea!
Vladimir Danko (5 months ago)
Saludos cordiales desde el aeropuerto internacional de la ciudad de México kedamos pendientes para más enlaces,buen trabajo y fácil explicación.un gran apoyo al customizar mi auto.
Richard Rootless (5 months ago)
Is it sufficient enough to use plastic vacuum bag instead of pressure chamber You were using?
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
No, that would not be suitable for this mold configuration.
Tom Peter Oconnor (5 months ago)
Have you ever molded half the lens Red and half the lens blue???
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
This could be done, as urethane resin will bond to itself, but we have not done this as of yet.
King Ezra (5 months ago)
is it possible to make the front plastic covering for a front head lamp assembly. i have a custom car i am putting together and im in search of paying someone to make the plastic covers for the assembly. if your interested please send me a message with any info to reach you and we can discuss price
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
Hello! We do not make molds, but we have a list of moldmakers on our website: https://www.smooth-on.com/moldmaker/
SwitchDoctor (5 months ago)
how do you make it more of an amber color? A different pigment or more of the yellow you used?
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jthonn (5 months ago)
Great Job, but to much work and time consuming. There has to be an aftermarket lens somewhere, or junk yard. The average guy does not have these tools and pressure pots. I can see where It maybe useful in a restoration shop.
sberryscake (5 months ago)
this is an awesome how to video. subscribed. I look forward to watching more of them. 😊
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
Thanks for watching and subscribing!
zehlersan (5 months ago)
Can u make a video on how to make lenses with 2 colors side by side colors? Would be very helpful for guys looking to replicate multi color taillights.
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
Thanks for the suggestion will add it to our road map!
zehlersan (5 months ago)
Can u make a video on how to make lenses with 2 colors side by side colors? Would be very helpful for guys looking to replicate multi color taillights.
eric renstrom (6 months ago)
Something that 5000+ people want to see is how you can make a 1985/86 yamaha tri-z headlight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maier plastic do every other three wheeler headlights exept this one! make it red white black or yellow!!!!!!!
Smooth-On (5 months ago)
Thanks for the idea!
Jim G (6 months ago)
I have a 49 chrysler windsor and the tail lights are not square but rounded and the out side edge is lower then the inside edge how does one go about doing these.
Smooth-On (6 months ago)
Can you please submit a tech ticket to us at https://www.smooth-on.com/support/ticket/add/agree/ ?
Eddy Vanderhellen (6 months ago)
The main problem is the correct color - nowhere available.
Scottie Wilson (6 months ago)
so neat how about doing a ambulance light in red
Contantq (6 months ago)
Looks like you can reuse the mold again. If that is the case, you can make more!
ThatSubieDude (6 months ago)
very cool! Since this can be for car lenses, i hope it can handle all day UV for a good amount of time? What would the estimate be? i want to make some funky colored custom lens for a race car project. I also wonder how strong it really is..
Grim Reaper (6 months ago)
is that a VW? I have some original HELLA round headlights for a VW front end plus books n books about the VW rabbit/jetta
Zombie Girl (7 months ago)
I wonder if you could make a portal gun (from the game Portal) using this method.
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
YOu could use a similar method to make 2 halves of a thin walled casting which are then adhered together.
David B (7 months ago)
Love it wish I could have a little shop and do something like that. Thanks for the info and this time you sharing with others love your work.
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
Thanks for watching, and don't forget to subscribe!
fabts4 (7 months ago)
Excellent, the level of detail is mind blowing! But why are you pressurizing rather than depressurizing the chamber?
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
The pressure is applied after the resin is poured to essentially 'press' any air bubbles in the resin to make them invisible.
Carl Harrington (7 months ago)
Love these videos. So educational and helpful. I want to make everything now!
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
Thanks for watching, and don't forget to subscribe!
masmagalingako (7 months ago)
I thought taking the air bubbles out of casting was to use vacuum?
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
It depends on the situation - ideally you would do both. Pressure work after the pour but requires the mold can handle it, vacuuming happens before the pour, but requires a thin stream steady pour of resin.
monkfry (7 months ago)
# 99,982 subbed here. 28subs to go for 100k. Hope you get there soon! Then you need to cast that silver 100k button and send me one because it was my idea 😆. Kidding, but you guys and gals should do a product giveaway when you hit the 100k subs. I have a vacuum chamber already but I sure could use a pressure pot! Some tubers use random number generators from a comment list after a post or just go for the first reply. Anyway, just a thought. Awesome info and much appreciated!!!
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
Thank you so much for the kind words and subscribing to our channel!
monkfry (7 months ago)
Great info and excellent results. 👍
Smooth-On (7 months ago)
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