I'm restoring the hood side badges rather than replace them with modern replacement parts. The letters and background are faded beyond hope. I thought I'd run my plan by others to see if they have done these and how they did it.
1. Have them low abrasive media blasted to clean and shine. I frankly don't know who would do this, a gunsmith? Just the residue of sand in my cabinet would destroy them. Going to check with my gunsmith and see if he has ideas, but any thoughts would be appreciated. I already tried Maguiers polish and they need more than that, it doesn't shine the bare aluminum enough.
2. Mask the entire thing, cut out and remove the low spot's tape so it can be sprayed with cream. Spray em.
3. Cut out and remove the letter/dash tops masking tape and pad paint letters/dashes with semi-gloss black.
4. Remove the remaining tape.
Any better ideas to restore these? That is a lot of detail work to do but Kim wanted to save the originals which I kind of agree with, I hate throwing away something that is perfect aside from paint. But they are fragile and bringing out the shine has me baffled.