: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield



sven914
11-16-10, 01:45 AM
I've notice a lot of people have faded crests; I have faded crests. And unfaded crests are too expensive and can be hard to find. A few years ago I figured out how to rebuild Cadillac emblems, and since my trunk emblem has fallen off, I feel this might be the best opportunity to post this.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444018_large.jpg

Before picture; hopefully you can see that there is a lot of red missing, and that it has turned somewhat pink.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444019_medium.jpg

The first step is to take a thin bladed screw driver or a razor blade and work the crest out of the emblem.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444020_medium.jpg

There might be some residual stuck to the emblem. You can leave it there, but you need to make sure that all of the tiles will match up when done.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444021_medium.jpghttp://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444022_medium.jpg

To make the colors match when finished, you need to scrape the backing off of any tiles you are restoring. Not doing so will result in color mismatching.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444023_medium.jpg

I used acrylic modeling paint. Paint the back of the tiles with a few thick layers.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444024_large.jpg

The end result. It's not perfect, but it looks 100 time better and it didn't cost $100. The pearls can be added in with white acrylic paint and the pitting (if so desired) can be masked with a dab of gold or silver paint, to match the finish.

1980coupe
11-16-10, 02:50 AM
nice work! If I were to pry off the face of it, I'll probably break it, lol.
Here's a pic, if you don't mind of a wheel crest I restored. I did all four and it's best to remove them off the hubcap. I tried to paint them while on and it's not very comfortable.
http://i42.tinypic.com/wstsfa.jpg

RippyPartsDept
11-16-10, 10:06 AM
good work guys...
i know this thread is the 'anti-new-emblem' thread, but if anyone is interested I do offer discounts and these emblems are usually around $50 or less

outsider
11-16-10, 10:09 AM
wow nice work on both accounts! :D

sven914
11-16-10, 06:16 PM
nice work! If I were to pry off the face of it, I'll probably break it, lol.
Here's a pic, if you don't mind of a wheel crest I restored. I did all four and it's best to remove them off the hubcap. I tried to paint them while on and it's not very comfortable.
http://i42.tinypic.com/wstsfa.jpg

I touch up my caps every time I change sets. I never remove them for the hubcap because I afraid that the clips are going to break, or that I'm not going to get it back on securely enough.

1980coupe
11-16-10, 10:53 PM
I touch up my caps every time I change sets. I never remove them for the hubcap because I afraid that the clips are going to break, or that I'm not going to get it back on securely enough.

mine are not with clips! Mine are actually bolted on to the hubcap. Here's a back pic on one...
don't mind the text on the pic. I used this pic on another topic regarding locks. You can see in the middle the 2 bolts for the center crest.
http://i53.tinypic.com/b4867b.jpg

tiequinn
11-17-10, 04:07 AM
my hubcaps are faded and the crest on the trunk are faded too. I need that kind of job done on my 73 cadillac

1980coupe
11-17-10, 06:38 AM
my hubcaps are faded and the crest on the trunk are faded too. I need that kind of job done on my 73 cadillac

if you have the time and patience, you can achieve the same results as we both did here. Just buy the enamel paint at a hobby store and thin brushes.

sven914
11-17-10, 11:07 AM
^Right. It just takes a light hand and an eye for detail and you can restore any Cadillac Crest.

YourMainParadox
11-18-10, 01:22 AM
one mine the clear front part is clouded and slightly shrunken on one side so what do you do with those?

sven914
11-18-10, 02:29 AM
^You can transplant the crest from a different emblem. I had to do that with my c-pillar crests; the emblems were completely gone, so i took some hard top emblems and transplanted the crest.

YourMainParadox
11-19-10, 02:02 PM
which ones are going to be the same size? mine is also on the V of the hood

sven914
11-19-10, 03:35 PM
One of these?

http://img5.sellersourcebook.com/users/105847/ebay_hood_ornament_3.jpg

If that's the case, you need to find an emblem of the same type. In your particular case, I would suggest just replacing the emblem entirely because of the unlikely hood of finding another one of those emblems, where the crest is good but the metal is trashed. Also, I've never rebuilt a V'ed emblem and don't know how the crest would come out and go back in.

YourMainParadox
11-21-10, 11:17 AM
yep thats it

pompste
01-19-11, 07:12 PM
I've notice a lot of people have faded crests; I have faded crests. And unfaded crests are too expensive and can be hard to find. A few years ago I figured out how to rebuild Cadillac emblems, and since my trunk emblem has fallen off, I feel this might be the best opportunity to post this.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444018_large.jpg

Before picture; hopefully you can see that there is a lot of red missing, and that it has turned somewhat pink.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444019_medium.jpg

The first step is to take a thin bladed screw driver or a razor blade and work the crest out of the emblem.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444020_medium.jpg

There might be some residual stuck to the emblem. You can leave it there, but you need to make sure that all of the tiles will match up when done.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444021_medium.jpghttp://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444022_medium.jpg

To make the colors match when finished, you need to scrape the backing off of any tiles you are restoring. Not doing so will result in color mismatching.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444023_medium.jpg

I used acrylic modeling paint. Paint the back of the tiles with a few thick layers.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444024_large.jpg

The end result. It's not perfect, but it looks 100 time better and it didn't cost $100. The pearls can be added in with white acrylic paint and the pitting (if so desired) can be masked with a dab of gold or silver paint, to match the finish.

Great looking restoration on the emblems! You`re restore info and pics has inspired me to do all 4 of my '78 Deville hubcap emblems.I went to the hobby shop today and picked up all the acrylic enamel colors with some thin brushes too,and some enamel thinner to clean them.Only cost $16 total.Since my emblems don`t have a face to pry off---i`ll spray them with a shot of clearcoat after paint dries.----if all goes well.
I hope i`ve got a steady hand tonight!

sven914
01-19-11, 07:29 PM
Good luck with that.

pompste
01-19-11, 10:32 PM
Good luck with that.

Thanks dude----took me about 3 hours to do all 4 hubcap emblems.It`s really a time consuming job being so detailed in the narrower spaces,as you know.I removed all the emblems from the hubcaps so i could get in close.They look 100% better than they did! They all were really faded from 33 years of element deterioration.I still have to give all 4 a final coating of spray on clear coat.The clear coat will hopefully give them a protective coating.
I`m glad i caught your post before shelling out $$$`s for replacement emblems.I found very little on e-bay and the rare ones available looked to be as faded as the ones i had.
Wow--you`re only 22.Good to see a younger generation member here who appreciates Cadillac`s!

cadillac kevin
01-19-11, 11:33 PM
sven, how did you reattach your trunk emblem? mine fell off (still have it.) the bolts sheared off mostly flush with the emblem, but I dont know what I could use to make the lock cover stick to the trunks painted surface. any suggestions?

sven914
01-20-11, 12:29 AM
My trunk emblem broke off in my hand...

I had to drill out the rivet heads from the emblem base. Then I used a center punch and lightly (it doesn't take a lot force) tapped out the rivets from the trunk lid, and drilled the holes round. I reattached it using two #10 1-1/2 inch stainless steel screws.

The 10's were the only thing that would thread into the rivet holes, but I had to file the heads down to make them flush with the hole, so the face of the emblem can close. It took me about an hour, with a new file, to cut both screw heads down to size (and most of that time was spent watching a bad episode of CSI). Basically when you look at screws, the head needs to be the size of a #8, but the shank needs to be the width of a 10. Also, because it's going to be outside, they need to stainless screws.

dream67caddy
01-20-11, 03:58 PM
good job

pompste
01-20-11, 08:12 PM
My trunk emblem broke off in my hand...

I had to drill out the rivet heads from the emblem base. Then I used a center punch and lightly (it doesn't take a lot force) tapped out the rivets from the trunk lid, and drilled the holes round. I reattached it using two #10 1-1/2 inch stainless steel screws.

The 10's were the only thing that would thread into the rivet holes, but I had to file the heads down to make them flush with the hole, so the face of the emblem can close. It took me about an hour, with a new file, to cut both screw heads down to size (and most of that time was spent watching a bad episode of CSI). Basically when you look at screws, the head needs to be the size of a #8, but the shank needs to be the width of a 10. Also, because it's going to be outside, they need to stainless screws.

Great job---you`re a do it youselfer.I like fixing things my self too.

I got the clearcoat on my 4 hubcap emblems today and they look unfrickenbelievably AWESOME! The clearcoat made them all look brand new with the added gloss.I`m going to put about 4 coats of clear on them so all the paint i handpainted on has a thich coat of protection from the elements.

sven914
01-20-11, 08:37 PM
Good. I'm glad it worked out for you. I've never done a clear coat, because I swap the hubcaps every few months, but I might spray the emblems down to to give that gloss (I like that idea).

pompste
01-20-11, 10:19 PM
Good. I'm glad it worked out for you. I've never done a clear coat, because I swap the hubcaps every few months, but I might spray the emblems down to to give that gloss (I like that idea).

Thanks dude! You`d be amazed at how much shinier/glossier the emblems are with the clearcoat------i swear dude,they look brand fricken new.
If you ever put clear on---allow at least an hour drying time in between coats----if 70 degrees or above.
I`m down with finding your restore info instead of replacing the emblems.All 4 done for only $16 and i have plenty of paint left over for more emblems.

greencadillacmatt
01-21-11, 12:16 AM
Pompste, got any pictures of your restored emblems? That sounds pretty cool!

pompste
01-21-11, 12:54 AM
Pompste, got any pictures of your restored emblems? That sounds pretty cool!

I wish i could post some pics,Matt.I don`t even own a digital camera yet.I`m still old school with a 35mm camera,so i`ll describe.The 4 emblems i restored looked to be original from 1978,as are the wire hubcaps they were attached to.The emblems were totally faded,and i mean totally faded out.After repainting them and clearcoating---honestly the colors are so bright,brilliant,vivid and glossy now they really look brand new.I`ll be remounting them back on the wire hubcaps tomorrow and i won`t be putting them back on my '78 Deville till spring or summer since i don`t want the crappy salt they put down in Michigan here to mess my wires and emblems up.
I`ve got some rare original Fleetwood hubcaps from the same era,that i keep on my Deville for the winter.
If my memory serves correct--are you from Kalamazoo/Otsego?

greencadillacmatt
01-21-11, 01:51 PM
Otsego, my whole life! :cool:

sven914
01-24-11, 08:56 PM
Got another one for you guys...

I went looking for a lock emblem for one of the members here, and could only find two broken ones across two yards.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444037_large.jpg
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444038_large.jpg

As you can see these are the older style lock emblem with the mounting studs on the back. The one emblem had a good lock cover, but the studs were snapped off. I found a '72 de Ville with a good base, but the lock cover was gone.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444039_large.jpg

The lock cover is held on with a spring, which can be unwound with a pair of tweezers. You have to be careful with the spring, because they can be brittle.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444040_large.jpg
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444041_large.jpg

To get the spring and the lock cover back on, you need to have the cover in the closed position. The spring has a flat edge, which is the bottom, that get wedged into the top corner of shield wing. The spring then has to be turned down two times, and the straight crossbar needs to be wedged in-between the two posts on the back of the lock cover.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2503/2889/31256444042_large.jpg

As always, apply paint to make the emblem come back to life. This emblem doesn't have the plastic top cover that the later emblems have, so you should put some clear coat on it to protect the paint.

I don't know why the cover is crooked... It was like that on the original base, and I don't see anyway to make it straight.

pompste
01-24-11, 09:39 PM
How did the clearcoat work out dude?
My 4 hubcap emblems did`nt have the plastic top covers either so i gave mine 4 coats of spray-on clearcoat after handpainting them--as i`ve mentioned before.
I mounted the emblems back on the wire hubcaps yesterday and they look fricken sweet now with the new shiny,newly colored emblems!

I figure your do it yourself emblem painting info saved me at least $80 since i did`nt have to buy replacement emblems.

Rock on dude!

sven914
01-24-11, 09:51 PM
^I didn't have clear coat, so I haven't tried it yet.

pompste
01-25-11, 01:06 AM
^I didn't have clear coat, so I haven't tried it yet.

If/when you ever use clearcoat---use the spray can clearcoat,----"not" the touch-up paint clearcoat.I tried touching up a small spot i missed and the touch up clear leaves a slightly cloudy appearance.
The spray on clear i used is: DUPLI-COLOR----5 oz for $4.49 from Autozone.

CADforce69
01-25-11, 03:30 PM
Great work, Sven! Resulting lock cover looks like taken from a 68-74 car in good condition. Thanks for the pics and explanations:thumbsup:

CADforce69
02-03-11, 02:54 PM
Last tuesday I received this item from Sven. I had a lock cover with no crest in my 69 and broken trunk "V". The result is as good as it looks; crest moves and holds perfectly. Just treated chrome with a metal polish and added one paint layer. I want to add a gloss layer too. By now this is how it looks (including a complete used "V" received in the same pack):

http://s3.postimage.org/uq16p55nv/IMG_0770.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5oyojk4/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/5wrpzkbks/IMG_0769.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5s9r8jo/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/5wruy6d2e/IMG_0768.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5x8da10/full/)


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outsider
02-03-11, 03:02 PM
looks good :D

pompste
02-05-11, 03:26 AM
[QUOTE=greencadillacmatt;2473221]Otsego, my whole life! :cool:[/QUOTE

That`s right dude---i remember asking you if you`ve ever been to Deja Vu in Kazoo a while back!

pompste
02-05-11, 03:29 AM
Last tuesday I received this item from Sven. I had a lock cover with no crest in my 69 and broken trunk "V". The result is as good as it looks; crest moves and holds perfectly. Just treated chrome with a metal polish and added one paint layer. I want to add a gloss layer too. By now this is how it looks (including a complete used "V" received in the same pack):

http://s3.postimage.org/uq16p55nv/IMG_0770.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5oyojk4/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/5wrpzkbks/IMG_0769.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5s9r8jo/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/5wruy6d2e/IMG_0768.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2d5x8da10/full/)


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They look fanatstic! A few coats of spray on clearcoat will shine and protect them!

cadillac kevin
02-05-11, 07:29 PM
I was also going to suggest that. clearcoat will add some shine to the paint

CADforce69
03-02-11, 06:03 PM
After adding some light clearcoat layers to the crest, finally I replaced my incomplete trunk lock cover and "V" in Rexs trunk. As expected, some paint of the various layers received by the car throughout the years cracked and fell off, so I had to add little touches of paint around these badges. Fortunately, I keep my scale model times brushes and paint ;) Here are the results:

http://s3.postimage.org/4pohlcrdv/IMG_0829.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162jvjoas/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/iw4a44er1/IMG_0828.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162lj30sk/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/4poo7i5as/IMG_0826.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162qhp29w/full/)


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I also got other badges the car lacked, like the trunk "Cadillac" and rear fenders "Sedan de Ville". Even my girl polished bumpers. Now theyre much better but still have to improve. Someday Ill replace truck tail lights by the original moldings. Rear height is too low due to automatic level control failure. Ive bought new Air Max shocks to fix it but it looks so cool now... :lol:

outsider
03-02-11, 06:21 PM
loooks nice man :D

sven914
03-02-11, 06:29 PM
Yeah. The car looks complete now. I just wish I could have gotten the shield to sit straight.

cadillac kevin
03-02-11, 07:37 PM
how do you take apart the acrylic emblems without breaking them? I broke my trunk cover emblem when trying to take it off?

sven914
03-02-11, 08:52 PM
You need to use a very thin bladed knife and slowly work it out; move around the perimeter of the emblem until each side is released.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the shield will split. Normally, it will break in half down the middle and when you put the two haves together, the crack will be unnoticeable. If this happens, you can repaint it and glue it back into the base and never know the difference. This happened to one of the C-pillar crests I redid for my car, and I forget which one it is.

Other times, if you pry too hard on the tips of the shield, they will break. Getting them back in is a lot harder because they will break off across the sections of the crest. If this happens I discard the crest and save the base for another time.

pompste
03-02-11, 11:32 PM
After adding some light clearcoat layers to the crest, finally I replaced my incomplete trunk lock cover and "V" in Rexs trunk. As expected, some paint of the various layers received by the car throughout the years cracked and fell off, so I had to add little touches of paint around these badges. Fortunately, I keep my scale model times brushes and paint ;) Here are the results:

http://s3.postimage.org/4pohlcrdv/IMG_0829.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162jvjoas/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/iw4a44er1/IMG_0828.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162lj30sk/full/)

http://s3.postimage.org/4poo7i5as/IMG_0826.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/162qhp29w/full/)


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I also got other badges the car lacked, like the trunk "Cadillac" and rear fenders "Sedan de Ville". Even my girl polished bumpers. Now theyre much better but still have to improve. Someday Ill replace truck tail lights by the original moldings. Rear height is too low due to automatic level control failure. Ive bought new Air Max shocks to fix it but it looks so cool now... :lol:

Your '69 with newly painted emblem looks great! Amazing how huge those classic Caddy`s were "back in the day".

CADforce69
03-03-11, 01:22 PM
Yeah. The car looks complete now. I just wish I could have gotten the shield to sit straight.

In fact, the crest magnify the rear view of the car. All emblems complete and in their place make a noticeable difference. Ive seen other caddies with not perfectly straight shield. The important thing is that the car appearance has improved a lot :D

pompste
03-05-11, 03:08 AM
I was the one who mentioned adding clearcoats to the emblems in this thread,especially on the emblems that don`t have a protective plastic cover on them.
I found out the hard way last week that the clearcoats are really needed on the emblems withOUT the protective cover.
My '78 Sedan Deville`s tail light covers has the type of emblems that are actually painted onto the cover itself--the crest and wreath are vertical and outlined on the plastic tail light covers.Over 33 years all the colors/paints were completely gone so one mild day here in our Michigan winter last week i got out the testor model paints and repainted both emblems---took about 2 hours-----got out the hair blow dryer to help the paint cure faster,it was about 50 degrees or so.I figured a day or 2 in the cooler air to completley cure the paint b4 adding the clearcoats.I had to let my '78 sit out in my carport for the 2 days to cure since it won`t fit in my garage---rear end sticks out about a foot and half and the garage door won`t shut.
Long story short,it rained those 2 days and all the paint began to run.I was po`d but i got some covering over the tail lights b4 they were completely ruined.IF the paint had cured enough to put on the clearcoats,and it had`nt rained,the paint would have been protected and not run.I probably should have waited until spring/summer when the temps were in the 60's/70's-----which i will now do.
So the lesson learned here is to definitely add the clearcoats after the emblem paints are fully cured and in warmer temps.

talismandave
11-06-12, 11:48 PM
Wow great thread, I was going to put this in my project thread when I was done but the new reference made me post it here now. I fixed my lock crest in the same way as posted, however I also fixed the sag in it too. I will try to explain how.

Sagging crest as it came from PO.
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/IMG_20120504_184305.jpg


I drilled a hole through the back of the plate right next to the post the crest rests against and put a #2 stainless sheet metal screw in from the back.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/IMG_20120504_192823.jpg

When I test fitted the cover back on it was way too high now. So with a cut off wheel on a Dremel I shaped it grinding it and test fitting it until just a sliver of the screw remained.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/IMG_20120504_192808.jpg
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/IMG_20120504_192815.jpg
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/IMG_20120504_192755.jpg


Some paint and lots of coats of Minwax poly. It is almost up to top of crest after about 5 days of twice a day dripping it on with a Q-tip.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/20121106_222649.jpg
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p519/davidpraedel/Cars%20Of%20My%20Life/talismandave/20121106_222837.jpg

CADforce69
11-17-12, 01:47 PM
Excellent work, Dave! The results of your crest resto are amazing.

Longeardgaloot
05-30-13, 05:09 PM
Y'all have me inspired - I've got a 68 Calais and my trunk crest looks like this one, and my hubcaps ain't much better! Time to get to the hobby shop!

cadillac kevin
05-30-13, 06:38 PM
Y'all have me inspired - I've got a 68 Calais and my trunk crest looks like this one, and my hubcaps ain't much better! Time to get to the hobby shop!

Testors colors are pretty much spot on to the factory caddy colors :)

talismandave
05-30-13, 09:42 PM
Glad you bumped this thread, I have been meaning to up-date.

The Minwax poly has started to take on a slight amber tint to it. Still loos better than it did, but will have to redo it with a clear enamel at some point if it continues.

ktr-sb
10-13-13, 05:29 PM
Glad you bumped this thread, I have been meaning to up-date.


Here's another take.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3ce32b3127ccef40ec02fa1dd00000030O08IZtXLZszag9 vPhI/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00005366095320131013211119108.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

It started out as proof of concept. The one on the right was a faded one that I got pretty cheap on ebay. The one on the left was the original - the clear cover material was completely gone, and on this one (from a 91) the "engraving" is actually a glued-on molded rubber piece. Only a scrap was left.

So I scraped out and cleaned the emblem "cavity." Then I downloaded a high quality image of the emblem, making sure it was the same vintage. Next I imported the image into a Word document, and made sure to format the picture to actual size by measuring the emblem (it's like 1.2" or so). Hint: Use black and white draft mode with regular paper to save on ink and paper.

Once I was sure I had the right image and the right size, I reset my printer for high-quality color photo printing, and used glossy photo paper to print. I then cut the image out and make sure it fits snugly, without creasing, into the emblem cavity.

THIS NEXT STEP MUST BE DONE RIGHT. Take the lock cover, with the picture in place in the emblem cavity, and set it up on your workbench, making sure it is level both left/ right, top/ bottom, and on a diagonal. I used old single edge razor blades to shim the lock. Mix up some clear epoxy (I used Gorilla Glue brand) and pour it on top of the photo and in the cavity. Stop before overflowing, and, if necessary, use something long and thin that you don't mind throwing away (like a piece of weed eater string) and spread into the corners. IF THE LOCK COVER'S NOT LEVEL YOU WILL MAKE A MESS OF IT.

I was impatient, and used halogen work lights to heat and cure the epoxy, so I think it yellowed a bit when it shouldn't have otherwise. And it has a fair amount of bubbles - this is the first time I cared about it cosmetically, perhaps more care, a fresher mix, or some other brand would cure that. But at arms-length, it looks very adequate, and the yellowed finish gives it an antique-y kind of original-ish look. My teenage son, for whose FBD'E this was done, chose it over the faded original.

So, have at it. Not the best result, but not bad for an hour or so's work, using stuff I had on hand.

Bro-Ham
10-13-13, 06:46 PM
Wow! That's great!

lemonadeaf
11-20-13, 06:04 PM
DUMP Question of the day
does any one know what color names or color ID numbers Cadillac uses on their crest?

talismandave
11-20-13, 06:10 PM
I doubt there are any official names or numbers? I just hit the Testors rack at the hobby shop.:noidea:

Red, blue, gold, black, and white, don't over-think it!:lol:

lemonadeaf
11-20-13, 06:35 PM
lol just notice i misspelled dumb

alright that's fair enough. have you restored a crest from a steering Wheel before? i notice tutorials on key lock crest and hub caps. any advice for steering wheel? doing restoring for a buddy of mine and him sent me this pictures. (hopefully i uploaded them correctly)

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lemonadeaf
11-20-13, 06:36 PM
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steering wheel

talismandave
11-20-13, 06:40 PM
Nope, never tried to pull one of those apart.

Hopefully someone has and will chime in!

BTW, :welcome5:

sven914
11-21-13, 12:08 AM
If it's a plastic emblem, then it can be popped off with a small screw driver or a knife. You need to be careful because they sometimes crack in half or the pegs that hold it the steering wheel brake off.

The one's I've seen don't have the plastic cover over them (like on the c-pillar shields or the newer trunk locks), so the really don't need to be taken apart. Unless you want to clear coat it, you can paint it on the steering wheel; I would put newspaper everywhere and tape off the steering wheel with masking tape.

lemonadeaf
11-21-13, 02:37 PM
great advise thank you everyone :) really appreciate it