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Cheap badge emblem refurb

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by Ped, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Ped

    Ped
    Z Club Member

    I had been given a 280z badge some time ago. The condition was pretty poor with the chrome worn, scratched and faded and the plastic flat and dull.

    Decided to see if I could revive it with the 2mm 'Liquid Chrome' pen I have used on a smaller badge to great success.

    So, I degreased it and then sprayed it with an enamel gloss black rattle can. It would have looked better in satin, but I don't have any at the moment, and this is just a test anyway.

    I then flatted off the top on the lettering with wet and dry, and 'coloured in' the letters with the pen. It came out pretty well, compared to how it looked before hand. From a couple of feet away it looks really pretty damn good. The finish does look more chrome-like in reality, the photo isn't great.

    Would I do it again on such a large surface area? Well, if the badge was in poor condition, you don't have anything to lose. My tips would be that; satin black would look better and that you need to work quite quickly and cover each letter in one go with the liquid chrome. Don't be temped to put too much on either, a single thin layer looks best. If you miss a bit and try and touch it up it doesn't look great.

    Condition before 2/10
    Condition after 8/10

    I will see how well the chrome sticks and whether it stands up to a scrub with a car brush and sponge.

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  2. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
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    Excellent work - do we think this might be an idea to use on the 'plastic chrome' details on the door cards (that get old and peel off revealing a blue finish) ... I see so many like that ...
     
  3. Ped

    Ped
    Z Club Member

    Just wondered to myself if you could airbrush this stuff, and right enough there is a guy on YouTube who has done it. It looks very good. You can get a 30ml refill bottle and use it straight into an airbrush. Wouldn't really be practical to try and airbrush an emblem as you would need to spend a few hours masking it up properly.

    Check out a brief video:

    Or a very long winded video:
     
  4. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Have you got the link again to the chrome pen so I could et one of the bottles - fancy a go at this!
     
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  5. Ped

    Ped
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  6. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Cheers Ped, will take a look
     
  7. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
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  8. Ped

    Ped
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  9. Ped

    Ped
    Z Club Member

    I noticed that on the badge experiment, handling the item does affect the finish, even after it is dry. The chrome look can start to look flatter. Next time I will try a clear lacquer over the top to seal the finish. I think I will remove the chrome with wet and dry and redo it.
     
  10. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    'Flatter' meaning not as shiny?

    How long does it take to dry completely out of interest? Did you let it dry naturally or use a hair dryer etc?
     
  11. Ped

    Ped
    Z Club Member

    I left it for a good 24 hrs, just dried at room temperature. I think when I sand it down again I will black enamel the whole thing and then try and put the chrome straight onto the black. I did notice that's what they did in the shorter of the 2 videos. Still reckon a clear coat over the lot when it's done just to be safe. Will see if I can get time this week to experiment...

    Have a look at the fingerprint on the longer video (about 4:20 seconds in) and you can see what the issue is.
     

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