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logo painting secret
thought of painting the VW portion of a hubcap sounds pretty
easy. Just mask the area that you don't want painted, whip
out a small hobby paint brush and VOILA!! So, you go about
the chore of cutting masking tape to size, painstakingly
applying the tape onto the hubcap and paint each portion
of the VW logo. As you remove the masking tape, you notice
a few thousand brush strokes have left their crude rigid
impression, and a few areas of bleed-through are present
where the paint seeped through the masking tape. It is at
this point of the project that your hubcap is hurled through
the air as if it was a chrome plated Frisbee, which then
bounces off a wall and dents your fender. After experiencing
a situation which resembled the above scenario, Larry Dustman,
owner of The Trim Shop in Chandler, Arizona, enlightened
me with his secret of achieving a perfectly painted hubcap
VW logo. The procedure is quite simple, and requires very
little in terms of skill and or expertise.
Sanding block Lint free fabric
Spray paint (Krylon, Rust-O-Leum etc.)
Lacquer thinner or other suitable solvent
Automotive polishing compound or wax
Prepare a sanding block or block of wood by attaching a thin
lint free fabric to the sanding surface. This sanding block
surface will be the tool used to remove the excess paint on
2. This process is best performed on chrome hubcaps. Painted
caps tend to loose the crispness of the logo making it nearly
impossible to achieve a smooth edge.
3. Using typical "run of the mill" spray paint, spray the
emblem with one good heavy coat. This is one of those instances
where two thin coats is not better than one heavy coat.
Immediately after spraying the cap and with the paint still
very wet, rub your sanding block with the fabric attached
over the logo surface of the hubcap. Donít worry about removing
all of the paint but concentrate on making the edges as clean
as possible. If the paint starts to get to tacky, apply a
LITTLE lacquer thinner or suitable solvent to the surface
of the lint free fabric. With the majority of the paint removed,
let the paint dry hard before proceeding to the next step.
5. There are several ways to remove the balance of the paint
left on the cap. Polishing compound and/or polishing wax is
a good start. If the leftover paint is somewhat large, apply
a small amount of lacquer thinner or suitable solvent onto
a towel and rub gently.
Donít loose any sleep if you make a mistake. Your work can
easily be erased with lacquer thinner.
7. We have found that curing the hubcap in a normal household
oven helps the paint adhere better to the surface of the
finished hubcap. Total time from start to finish approximately
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Specializing in parts for the restoration of 1979 and earlier Volkswagen cars.
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