I am looking to repaint the center console, fiber optics panel & the wiper switch mount. The only thing I cant find a solution for is masking the chrome lettering and features on these parts? I was thinking about buffing off the lettering after I paint them but the chrome plating is in really good condition and dont want to chance it. Any ideas???
Vette(s): 1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed
Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats.
1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior
When I painted all my center sections including console, I painted with canned black trim paint and then immediately cleaned, very carefully, all the raised chrome parts I didn't want paint on with lacquer thinner. Worked for me.
Vette(s): 1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration.
The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...
I masked my seat bezels then did cleanup using a razor blade. No problems.
I just painted my upper vent controls and sprayed over the chrome wiper lettering. After the paint dried (over night) I used a small flat-head screwdriver to lightly scrape the paint off. This worked fine, just takes a steady hand.
I have another though but !!! Warning !!! I've never done this, so this is more of a question than a suggestion. I thought of applying a light coating of grease to the top of the chrome to inhibit the paint from adhering and making the removal process easier. Hoping to get my hands on a throw-away piece first to give this method a test run.
Has anyone else tried this? Is this a horrible idea?
Vette(s): 1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear,
Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.
I did not do this with my console, but I have done it elsewhere: I wiped the tops of the letters off while the paint is wet. Worked great, just be careful not touch the paint that stays so it does not get messed up. I used a Q-tip to do it.
Vette(s): Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior
The grease will work but often leaves an uneven edge. Depends on how careful you apply it. For finline masking I use the super thin vinyl masking tape from an auto paint supplier. 1/8" is the narrowest I've seen and its offered by 3M. It can be bent and follows curves very nicely and sticks great. But, I don't think it will work on those small letters but will work great on all the other runs. Dave
My Christmas present to ME! Bought Sat 11-30-2013. 72, 350 4 spd, Silver with blue interior...Can't you just hear Pablo Cruz playing in the background?
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