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6/11/13 9:54am - Original Message: 'Repaint center console parts'
whbuckley4
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Norwood, MA - USA

Vette(s):
1968 Singray Convertible Red

Joined: 7/4/2012
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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???

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Bill



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6/11/13 12:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. . 1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior

Joined: 1/28/2010
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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.

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6/11/13 10:52pm - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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A clean razor blade, and a steady hand works well to scrape paint off of the raised chrome trim, and lettering.

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6/15/13 8:56am - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Boise, ID - USA

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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...

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I masked my seat bezels then did cleanup using a razor blade. No problems.

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6/16/13 10:18am - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Worcester, MA - USA

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75 L-82 Coupe 4-spd

Joined: 2/25/2013
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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?


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6/16/13 10:56am - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

Joined: 1/27/2004
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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.
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12/12/13 2:50pm - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

Joined: 12/4/2013
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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

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12/13/13 7:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Repaint center console parts'
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Cumming, GA - USA

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1975 Corvette L-82 4-speed Coupe Rare Dark Red/Dark Red Combo 732 74L one California owner 36years

Joined: 7/8/2013
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Nice!........I LOVE your color!........and you do not see too many '75 L-82 4-speeds left out there, think they only made about 1,100 or so

Beautiful car!

*meant to send this to bigshoes16.............I just love that green!






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