You might try souvenier plaque places. Everytime I enter my car in a car show, they give me an envelope with various gift items. Invariably, there is a little metal plaque with the car show name and date on it, and some little graphic. I've received them at even small shows, like less than 60 cars, so they must not need to make a really big run of them, and the graphics are always unique, so I'm guessing they'll put whatever you want on them. You might check with a trophy supply shop.
If you make a batch, I'll buy at least one of each. You may also think of the small Shasta emblem next to the door.
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I used a 3" orbital sander with 1200 grit paper (my cousin runs a body shop on my LP gas plate. It's brass and the info is stamped into it so when it's sanded the letters stay dark and the rest brightens back up to a 'new' look. The plate was uniformly discolored so all the letters look the same. I've never joined a forum before, but if you're interested I can attach a picture. Additionally, I don't know what they looked like originally so maybe this isn't a good way of doing it. Do you know?
The info plate on the lower left rear corner from the State of California is a work in progress. It was painted over and luckily the latex came right off, the older paint was a little more stubborn and I again used the sander and a razor blade. In hindsight I shouldn't have used the razor blade as I scratched down through the black in a few places. Also wondering if it would have worked better to dip it to remove all paint and then tape off the raised stamped areas for VIN/HIN/border, hit it with some black spray, and then used the sander to take off the paint on the raised letters down to the aluminum.
Since I've already went over it with the sander the raised letters have been lowered somewhat so I don't know how well it would work to completly strip and try to do what I mentioned above. I still may give it a try though. Hope this makes sense. Adam
Post by Atomic Addiction on Oct 9, 2009 8:36:30 GMT -5
I don't think these can be saved. They are pretty rough.
I was thinking what you were thinking Joe. I might start there and see if they can do them. It won't be for quite a while as I have so many projects right now. I will keep everyone posted on any progress that I make on this.
Our plates were in as bad of condition; faded out and painted over. We stripped all the old paint off and were going to trash them, when I decided to try painting and sanding the (raised) lettering. Here's a picture of one in progress, my first attempt and I think I'll do the rest later.
Here's a before, during and after on my three info plates. First on left, cleaned and ready for paint, second - painted, third - after sanding on raised letters. I did one plate, had it looking good, and decided to spray some auto clearcoat on it to hide the sandpaper marks... that was a mistake. The clearcoat lifted the paint off the plate. Lesson 1 - don't put lacquer over enamel. On the one that isn't painted yet, I'm going to try taking a thin cloth with a little mineral spirits on it and wipe the letters immediately after painting, might have to sand a little afterwards.