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    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.



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



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



    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.



    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.



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



    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    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
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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    wow nice work on both accounts!

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by 1980coupe View Post
    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.
    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by sven914 View Post
    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    my hubcaps are faded and the crest on the trunk are faded too. I need that kind of job done on my 73 cadillac

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by tiequinn View Post
    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    ^Right. It just takes a light hand and an eye for detail and you can restore any Cadillac Crest.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    one mine the clear front part is clouded and slightly shrunken on one side so what do you do with those?

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    ^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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    which ones are going to be the same size? mine is also on the V of the hood

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    One of these?



    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.

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    yep thats it

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    Re: Restoring The Cadillac Crest and Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by sven914 View Post
    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.



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



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



    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.



    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.



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



    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!

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