Front Turn Signal Housings

While I was looking at one of the valence panels for the ’60, I noticed that there was white paint on the edge of the signal housing. I thought this was strange, it suggests that the valence panel was repainted at one time, and the lens was simple masked off, and paint got onto the housing. But upon inspection of a valence panel that I pulled from a Crocus Cream Biscyane, it too had the white painted signal housing. It appears that the entire front face (but not the back) of the housing was painted white by Chevrolet, probably to maximize light reflectance. The metal was plated with cadmium or zinc, which I would have thought would work good for reflectivity but apparently not!  Anyway, just another thing to note when doing a correct restoration… paint ’em white!