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Old 07-17-2009, 08:42 AM
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Hello, I'm in the middle of tearing apart my center console and wanted to know if anyone has had any luck restoring the metal trim plate. This is the part that the ash tray/slider and 4spd pattern, etc fastens too. I'm looking to save the $230 it costs to replace it, but am wondering if I'm wasting my time. There seems to be a lot of details in the lettering that might not turn out so well with a repaint. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks.
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use a heat gun to warm the shift pattern and info plate and remove, then use lacquer thinner to remove all the paint. if there's any small blemishes in the metal, use a dremmel to smooth them. spray primmer on the plate let it tack, then use semi flat black paint. while it's still tacky, use a wooden tool(scrap or similar) to rub the paint off the chrome. it's a pretty straight forward job, and worst comes to worst, just strip the paint and try again.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like something I can handle.
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Hello, I'm in the middle of tearing apart my center console and wanted to know if anyone has had any luck restoring the metal trim plate. This is the part that the ash tray/slider and 4spd pattern, etc fastens too. I'm looking to save the $230 it costs to replace it, but am wondering if I'm wasting my time. There seems to be a lot of details in the lettering that might not turn out so well with a repaint. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks.
I sanded mine down with a brass brush. Polished all of the portions of chrome that would be visible after restoration with 00 steel wool, covered those chrome strips with 1/4" blue trim tape and then painted the whole thing with Krylon semi-gloss balck paint. I can take a pic when I get home, but I think it looks assembly line new.

As for the chrome lettering where the fiber optics are. I painted those and used a straight razor to take the paint off of those and they look great.

Good luck!
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I also restored mine recently using Krylon flat black and a blade to carefully scrape the paint off of the chrome edge and lettering. I used Testor's paints and a toothpick to paint the flags emblem. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, not perfect but looks several times better than it did after 40 years of service.

Here is a before and after pic.

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Thanks again to everyone for your help. This is a great web site to refer to!
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If you want the console plate to match the rest of the interior, the best match for the original color is semi-flat black...semi-gloss is too shiny & flat is too dull. The methods described above are very successful. Remember to not let the paint cure too hard before you trim the paint off the lettering, etc. Also, since the paint is not well cured, be careful in handling the part so you don't damage paint elsewhere. Finally, when you scrape off the paint, don't worry about clearing the 'trimmings' free of the surface. Those trimmings won't stay adhered to the curing paint and you can do more damage than good trying to pick them off of the surface. Just wait till the paint fully cures and brush them off.
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Can you suggest a specific brand / paint number on the can..etc?

-W (facing that job by spring ' 68 owners can't buy the right one anyway)
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Can you suggest a specific brand / paint number on the can..etc?

-W (facing that job by spring ' 68 owners can't buy the right one anyway)
I used John Deere Blitz Black on my 68.

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Hi CC,
The Blitz Black that Rick suggests is a good choice as is Krylon #1613 if you can find it.
I've had good success using an X-acto blade #17 to slice the paint off the raised chrome trim and lettering. #17 is the shape of a very tiny wood chisel.
It takes a bit of practice but you can get very good results.
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Nice work. '68 stuff turns me on.

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Originally Posted by Alan 71 View Post
Hi CC,
The Blitz Black that Rick suggests is a good choice as is Krylon #1613 if you can find it.
I've had good success using an X-acto blade #17 to slice the paint off the raised chrome trim and lettering. #17 is the shape of a very tiny wood chisel.
It takes a bit of practice but you can get very good results.
Regards,
Alan
Old thread I know but I’m new here! Should the spray paint be sanded or smoothed between coats?
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Originally Posted by mkalman4867 View Post
Old thread I know but I’m new here! Should the spray paint be sanded or smoothed between coats?
I wouldn't sand anything doing this job. If you do you might smooth out the original rough texture of the plate if it's a '69 and up. The '68 plates had a smooth surface I believe. . Plus, one or two very light coats of paint is all that is needed. Too many coats, again, will fill in the surface too much! BTW, I used John Deere Blitz Black on mine.
Hope this helps
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Originally Posted by Tooch1 View Post

I wouldn't sand anything doing this job. If you do you might smooth out the original rough texture of the plate if it's a '69 and up. The '68 plates had a smooth surface I believe. . Plus, one or two very light coats of paint is all that is needed. Too many coats, again, will fill in the surface too much! BTW, I used John Deere Blitz Black on mine.
Hope this helps
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Can't thank you enough! Looking forward to doing this as my first "restoration" project on my 1969 convertible. Also going to try to tackle the carpet replacement at same time...if it all goes well, I'll post some project pics. If it doesn't, I will have the projects done professionally then pass THOSE pics off as though I did them! LOL!
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Old thread I know but Iím new here! Should the spray paint be sanded or smoothed between coats?
http://www.corvettemagazine.com/tech...e-restoration/
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Did you put any protective coating over the black? Seems like it might scratch very easily, but then again maybe not

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Originally Posted by mkalman4867 View Post
Did you put any protective coating over the black? Seems like it might scratch very easil but then again maybe not
I didn't put anything (protective coating)over the black paint. You could probably spray satin clear coat over it if you wanted. It's your project to complete as you wish. Again, the more coats of product you use, the more you fill in the texture of the plates. This is really a fun and easy project if you have patience. Here is a close up of one that I did. Note the (red arrow) shows the black trim edge a little lower than where it should be originally, just to let more chrome show around the edge. I just masked the edge line down further. The (white arrow) points to where the black edge should be originally..... You can see how nice just two very light coats of Blitz Black looks on the surface. Post some photos of yours when you finish it.
Have fun!
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Originally Posted by Alan 71 View Post
Hi CC,
The Blitz Black that Rick suggests is a good choice as is Krylon #1613 if you can find it.
I've had good success using an X-acto blade #17 to slice the paint off the raised chrome trim and lettering. #17 is the shape of a very tiny wood chisel.
It takes a bit of practice but you can get very good results.
Regards,
Alan

i found krylon 1613 but now itís called Satin
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I found 1613 Semi-Flat on a site called toolup.com. Supposed to arrive today...I'll post my opinion on the results.
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