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Old 03-16-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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refinishing emblems

Hey everybody,

Well I'm out scraping out old caulking on the '67 and I realized I put the opened tube in the freezer! So while it's defrosting, I took off my emblems by the front door. Here they are. I got questions, you got answers.

For the record, they come out only from the back.

Here we go:

How do you clean them?
What were the original colors?
What are these made of? Aluminum?

Does anyone have good pictures of their emblem rehabs? I searched and couldn't find much on this.
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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Hey everybody,

Well I'm out scraping out old caulking on the '67 and I realized I put the opened tube in the freezer! So while it's defrosting, I took off my emblems by the front door. Here they are. I got questions, you got answers.

For the record, they come out only from the back.

Here we go:

How do you clean them?
What were the original colors?
What are these made of? Aluminum?

Does anyone have good pictures of their emblem rehabs? I searched and couldn't find much on this.
I want to do the same thing so I will wait with you for suggestions from out there, If I get mine cleaned up I'll show you how it was accomplished at Casini.

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Old 03-17-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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I used a combination of techniques on mine. I used hardware store sparay paint with good results. 1. masking tape and an exacto knife 2. painting an area with rubber cement to mask for pinting. There is also a product in art strores called liquid frisket designed for the same purpose that works a little easier. 3. for recessed areas spray the whole dang thang and then take some solvent and a rag and wipe the paint off the surface before it dries, leaving the paint in the recesses.
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I was thinking about painting the entire emblem and then just sanding over the top to remove the paint from the top sections. I figuree the factory did something similar to that to save time.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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Its not an emblem but this method may work none the less. First, I polished it with the buffing wheel on the bench grinder. I bought new glass bottles of model car paint, shook them really good and put them in my pants pocket. This paint works better warm, that was the only reason for putting in my pocket. I suppose sunlight would work the same way. Once warm, I shook the bottle again and them applied with a small hobby brush, getting every nook abd cranny and not trying to be exact with the brush. Once the paint had dried to be slightly tacky, I used a wooden toothpick to scrape off the excess. I'm very happy with the results. This picture is slightly larger than actual size I may put a light coat of clear laquer from a spray to keep it from peeling off.

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Old 03-21-2007, 04:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information. Very useful.
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:55 PM   #8
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Rodney, Does your TW have this type of nameplate? My '67 has individual letters front and rear. Ed
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:20 PM   #9
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Its not an emblem but this method may work none the less. First, I polished it with the buffing wheel on the bench grinder. . . . This picture is slightly larger than actual size I may put a light coat of clear laquer from a spray to keep it from peeling off.

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Brad, you did a great job with that, original colors and all. Have you attempted the Wally Byam ships wheel or the "Tradewind" emblems to the right of the door yet?
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Hi Dacia ~

No, I don't have either one on my TradeWind. In fact, it doesn't say TradeWind on it anywhere. Only the Ohio plant put these on. I'm going to attempt to repaint the ID emblem by the door. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Old 03-21-2007, 06:03 PM   #11
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Oh yes Brad, I forgot. Yours is a California model and a lovely one it is. If I decide to get brave with mine, I'll share the info as well. I've been thinking about using liquid frisket or artist masking fluid like Marshall talks about.
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Rodney, Does your TW have this type of nameplate? My '67 has individual letters front and rear. Ed
That is pretty much what my front plate looks like, you can see mine here http://www.airforums.com/forum...56-post80.html
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:35 PM   #13
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Ed - I believe in '67 the individual letters were on the International models and the older style placque was on the Land Yacht models.

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A little off subject but "Hey, I had one like that!". Brad will understand. California DMV was looking for a safety sticker or id plate. I didn't know if this plate was it but they finally decided the plates probably weren't put on 1959 trailers.

I need to kow how to restore the Land Yacht plate and the front and rear AIRSTREAM plates.

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Its not an emblem but this method may work none the less. First, I polished it with the buffing wheel on the bench grinder. I bought new glass bottles of model car paint, shook them really good and put them in my pants pocket. This paint works better warm, that was the only reason for putting in my pocket. I suppose sunlight would work the same way. Once warm, I shook the bottle again and them applied with a small hobby brush, getting every nook abd cranny and not trying to be exact with the brush. Once the paint had dried to be slightly tacky, I used a wooden toothpick to scrape off the excess. I'm very happy with the results. This picture is slightly larger than actual size I may put a light coat of clear laquer from a spray to keep it from peeling off.

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