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Old 11-05-2010, 06:53 AM   #15
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I am beginning to work on my International emblems. Someone suggested putting a light coat of vasoline on the top of the raised letters. This seems like a good idea. Once I have sprayed the red, white and blue areas then exposing of the letters should be an easier task. Question: once you have sanded all areas, what primer color do you suggest? Also color choices? Blue= Royal Blue; White= White; Red= what color? Also should one use gloss, semi-gloss or matte finish? Thanks. Jack
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:42 AM   #16
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I am beginning to work on my International emblems. Someone suggested putting a light coat of vasoline on the top of the raised letters. This seems like a good idea. Once I have sprayed the red, white and blue areas then exposing of the letters should be an easier task. Question: once you have sanded all areas, what primer color do you suggest? Also color choices? Blue= Royal Blue; White= White; Red= what color? Also should one use gloss, semi-gloss or matte finish? Thanks. Jack

I didn't have an Vaseline but used Vicsk's VaporRub - worked fine. Tried using chapstick directly from the tube but it got clogged in the lettering - probably could have put it on my finger and transferred it easily. Remember, light coating --- just put some on your fingertip and tap most of it off before tapping it onto the metal.

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Old 11-05-2010, 08:52 AM   #17
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I would think sanding the paint off would work better then greasing the letters. It shines up the aluminum and doesn't risk the paint coming off where you don't want it to because of misplaced grease. The break between the aluminum and background color would be crisper also. Then the clear coat over everything protects the color and the aluminum from tarnishing. Just my 2 cents worth after painting cars for 40 years.
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I used a razor blade to removed the paint on the raised letters
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:10 PM   #19
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Try clear contact paper and an exacto knife. Works like a charm and will stick well to the raised letters.
Oops bought white contact paper. Will go get the clear.
So, how close is the royal blue to the original color?

Buying the reproduction means having to learn riveting- yikes. It has to be done at some point...

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Did the front "AIRSTREAM" on the Trade Wind this afternoon using the clear contact paper technique. Worked like a charm. First I gave the whole thing a good scrubbing with a green scotchbrite pad. Then I polished the aluminum that was not to get paint with a dremel and felt bob with Flitz. Cleaned everything with acetone and covered the whole area with clear contact paper ( Wally World for about $6). I was down to my last exacto blade and having a new sharp one would have really made cutting out the letters a lot easier. Rustoleum Royal Blue was sprayed shazaammm. Didn't make a pic, but it looks great and total cost was less than $10. Got to do the rear emblem tomorrow.
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