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The original reflective surface is chrome paint and not chrome plate like I had expected. :( The original reflective surface has three layers of paint. One coat of clear, followed by a coat of chrome paint, followed by a final coat of clear. The dingy brownish looking crud around the rim of the glass lens is actually the clear topcoat that has seperated from the chrome paint over the years. This is usually what causes the housing to leak and cause the finish to become ruined from moisture. You can easily remove the lens from the housing if you soak the assembly in near boiling hot water for a couple of minutes to soften the grey colored adhesive. Use a small flat bladed screwdriver to "carefully" pry the lens from the housing once the adhesive becomes softened. You might try powdercoating the reflective surface with some of the newer reflective coatings like "Ceramachrome" or "reflector chrome".
 
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