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Restoring GT350 Emblem
« on: April 11, 2022, 12:16:13 AM »
Hi guys, I love using the cars original parts so asking if anyone has had success or tips restoring there original GT350 tail light panel emblem?

Or just use it as is with all its Patina?

Here are some pics of 6S1276 original emblem

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« Last Edit: April 11, 2022, 04:08:54 PM by GT350Lad »
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2022, 04:07:06 PM »
Pic of back for interest

Looks original but heavy patina
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2022, 04:26:13 PM »
I'd keep the patina.
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2022, 04:35:59 PM »
I restored mine many years ago - used a sanding block with very fine sandpaper to restore the finish and then used a small artist brush with flat black model paint to paint the inside of the letters / numbers.  Looked like new again.

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2022, 04:54:25 PM »
I restored mine many years ago - used a sanding block with very fine sandpaper to restore the finish and then used a small artist brush with flat black model paint to paint the inside of the letters / numbers.  Looked like new again.

That is what I did as well.  Very easy and well worth the effort.
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2022, 04:59:10 PM »
Thanks guys, both good ways. I am honestly liking the patina but Curious as to how well the fine grit sandpaper worked? Any pics before and after? I am keen to try
I think it touch up the black for sure. Just a standard flat black?

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2022, 06:23:55 PM »
Standard flat black.  I think I used 220 grit, but not sure.  No pictures of the before and after but it does come up like new.  Just use fine grit, take your time and only sand back and forth lengthwise.   

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2022, 06:51:16 PM »
Instead of sandpaper, perhaps 000 or 0000 steel wool?

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2022, 07:49:17 PM »
Steel wool gets stuck in the letters / numbers, cannot be used so you get consistent pressure on the full surface and is not aggressive enough to clean up the years of grime etc.  Its aluminum.  You can't hurt it if you use fine sandpaper, a sanding block and go easy.

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2022, 09:06:44 PM »
Before and after
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2022, 10:06:07 PM »
I suppose it also depends on your expectations. Some emblems are too far gone to bring back to show quality but may be good enough for a fun driver .
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2022, 11:08:06 PM »
Thanks Guy for all the replies. Much appreciated

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2022, 11:22:42 AM »
     I would use a flat 'honing' or 'sharpening stone' for at least the initial surface reduction, stepping to finer grits, utilizing sandpaper, on a hard backing, only as the final process, if required, to acquire the finish desired.  The reasoning for this is that the stone will permit a faster and more even sum of stock removal this resulting in a more level surface and sharper, squarer edge definitions.   :)

     As this generally presenting more like a machine manufacturing execution rather than a hand one.    :o

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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2022, 03:48:48 PM »
Ok great tips thanks Scott
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Re: Restoring GT350 Emblem
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2022, 04:52:50 PM »
Put a sheet of wet/dry sandpaper on flat surface and sand straight in one direction. Keep flushed with clean water. If the pits are deep you can start with a coarse paper and work up to finer to get the original finish.
You can use a sanding block but it's easier to move the emblem on the sand paper. If you use steel wool or sandpaper without a block you risk rounding off the edges of the emblem/lettering and ending up with a wavy surface. Also the steel wool will leave little specks of steel embedded in the surface and they will rust. Sharpening stones are much finer than sandpaper and will not remove much material. They will need to have an ample amount of oil used to keep the soft material from clogging them and causing gouges in your surface.
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