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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Excellent work, Dave! The results of your crest resto are amazing.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longeardgaloot
    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

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    Glad you bumped this thread, I have been meaning to up-date.
    Here's another take.



    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.
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    Wow! That's great!

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    DUMP Question of the day
    does any one know what color names or color ID numbers Cadillac uses on their crest?

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    I doubt there are any official names or numbers? I just hit the Testors rack at the hobby shop.

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

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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)

    IMG_20131014_164451.jpg

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    IMG_20131014_164339.jpg
    steering wheel

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Nope, never tried to pull one of those apart.

    Hopefully someone has and will chime in!

    BTW,
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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.
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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    great advise thank you everyone really appreciate it

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