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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: Emblem Repair Reply with quote

Any tips/tricks on restoring the Vanagon, VW and Syncro emblems? The chrome is pretty much faded. One option I may go with is to just paint everything black since I plan on doing that to the grill and sliding window trim as well. Chrome is for '57 Chevys!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a rubber ink block roller and some silver acrylic paint in tubes put a spot of the paint on some cardboard and roll it out to cover the roller. Then carefully roll it on to the high points. It is a bit on the flat satin side for finish but looks good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

from another thread

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Today I cleaned up the rear emblems. The "Volkswagon" "Vanagon GL".

I used Heating and Air Conditioning foil tape and an Exacto knife to cut the letters out. So simple and looks great. Stick the tape on and get to cutting.


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Place tape on Emblem and smooth it over all the letters.
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Cut out the empty spaces of the letters with an exacto knife or razor blade
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The finished product looks real good and should last a while.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I plan on painting them black to freshen that part up and then I will experiment with the silver part. I have an extra one I can use as my beta tester.

What do you think of painting the silver part the body color (in this case brilliant orange)? Might be a bit much.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madspaniard wrote:
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VanWilder wrote:

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Cool. For nearly the same effort, you could also mask out the negative, then spray paint silver. Just another option.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I'm trying to avoid is masking or free hand painting. I think the roller option makes some sense.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just do the Alum tape thing like I did. It worked great, looks great, will last a looooong time and it was so easy. My 2 Emblems took 30 mins. Get your blade,, grab a beer.. etc.. Laughing What ever you do I would love to see it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used the block roller method. I got a soft rubber roller. Maybe I should have gotten a hard roller as it left a little alligatoring. Looks good from 20 feet and I may try to hit it with a high grit sandpaper.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks good my man... I like it..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7thing3 wrote:


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Looks real good. I'm confused. Did you paint it with a roller? Is that what you mean by a block roller?

Either way, good job.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The technical term is a brayer:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That foil tape trick is brilliant!

Man, the craftiness of Samba folks continues to amaze me.

Thanks for posting this great idea.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that...I'm gonna try that tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the 'syncro' and 'volkswagon' ones are still available new. But not the vanagon ones anymore.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out, custom scripts. I've always liked the Bay scripts myself!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: painted emblems Reply with quote

I just painted mine. I used Kylon Fusion black satin spray paint and acrylic silver paint. went over the letters with a very hard little paint roller for wood trim. then went back and touched up the black with a small art brush. came out ok it think.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just sprayed mine black and i love the look but i like the way PAdom'c came out also
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: painted emblems Reply with quote

PAdom wrote:
I just painted mine. I used Kylon Fusion black satin spray paint and acrylic silver paint. went over the letters with a very hard little paint roller for wood trim. then went back and touched up the black with a small art brush. came out ok it think.
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Wow!!! Looks brand new. Great job!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: painted emblems Reply with quote

RCB wrote:
PAdom wrote:
I just painted mine. I used Kylon Fusion black satin spray paint and acrylic silver paint. went over the letters with a very hard little paint roller for wood trim. then went back and touched up the black with a small art brush. came out ok it think.
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Wow!!! Looks brand new. Great job!!!


thanks alot !
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that looks really good, I tried to find the info Jay leno had on a video on how to rechrome these on the cheap but couldn't find it...I think this will work fine.

the back of my westy looks naked.
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