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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Great work, Sven! Resulting lock cover looks like taken from a 68-74 car in good condition. Thanks for the pics ...
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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Great work, Sven! Resulting lock cover looks like taken from a 68-74 car in good condition. Thanks for the pics and explanations

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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):








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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    looks good

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    [QUOTE=greencadillacmatt;2473221]Otsego, my whole life! [/QUOTE

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

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by CADforce69 View Post
    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):








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

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    I was also going to suggest that. clearcoat will add some shine to the paint

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    After adding some light clearcoat layers to the crest, finally I replaced my incomplete trunk lock cover and "V" in Rex´s 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:








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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 they´re much better but still have to improve. Someday I´ll replace truck tail lights by the original moldings. Rear height is too low due to automatic level control failure. I´ve bought new Air Max shocks to fix it but it looks so cool now...

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    loooks nice man

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Yeah. The car looks complete now. I just wish I could have gotten the shield to sit straight.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    how do you take apart the acrylic emblems without breaking them? I broke my trunk cover emblem when trying to take it off?

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by CADforce69 View Post
    After adding some light clearcoat layers to the crest, finally I replaced my incomplete trunk lock cover and "V" in Rex´s 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:








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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 they´re much better but still have to improve. Someday I´ll replace truck tail lights by the original moldings. Rear height is too low due to automatic level control failure. I´ve bought new Air Max shocks to fix it but it looks so cool now...
    Your '69 with newly painted emblem looks great! Amazing how huge those classic Caddy`s were "back in the day".

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by sven914 View Post
    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. I´ve seen other caddies with not perfectly straight shield. The important thing is that the car appearance has improved a lot

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.



    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.



    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.






    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.



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