Q: Emblem restoration
I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to do emblem restoration? Is this something I can do myself? I have all of the emblems except for the passenger side “Firebird” front emblem, and the “400” trunk emblem. All of the emblems are in decent shape — except all of the black/red paint isn’t there anymore. There is a bit of silver flaking on a couple of them, but nothing I really want to worry about right now.
Is this something I can do myself with a paintbrush? Are there specific colors I should get?
A: Unless your doing a Concourse restoration, close is good enough. Because of the size and distance, most people couldn’t tell if its not the perfect shade. I’ve panted emblems a couple of ways:
1- Clean well with lacquer thinner and an old tooth brush.
2- Choose your paint. I’ve used engine enamel and applied it with a fine paint brush. I’ve also applied it with an old WD-40 straw (I couldn’t find my brush). Make sure you put enough on the emblems to “flow” up to the edges.
2b- I’ve also used fingernail polish. It sounds strange but it comes with a brush, it’s enamel paint, and the colors are great. It’s a little thin so it may take two coats.
A: I have done on a number of cars over the years. It works and last a long time.
Remove all the old paint.
Wash with paint thinner, then mild detergent
Take a pan tin, turn it upside down and punch holes to fit the emblems prongs
Place emblems, letters etc in tim and paint. if it requires more than one color do only one at a time.
Prewarm an oven to 250 degrees
Place tin with emblems in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Remove and let cool.
After all color painting is complete brush on a clear coat and bake it for 10 minutes.
The heat bakes and smooths the paint. I just saw a vette I restored in ’91 and the emblems looked like new. (no he had not replaced them)
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