PAINT YOUR CLUB PLAQUE

If you are one of those that just received your new Pickups Limited membership plaque or even if you have had yours for some time, maybe you want to dress it up a bit. Plain or polished aluminum is nice but a black background really sets off the artwork. This is a really simple process and something that anybody can do in about 2 hours time. Here’s how:

CLEAN THE SMALL LINES

CLEAN THE SMALL LINES

Use a small scribe or a dental pick to clean out any chunks of polishing materials that may be present.

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Grab a can of lacquer thinner and clean the entire face of the plaque. Use plenty of thinner. Don’t be afraid to even let it stand for a few minutes to dissolve any remaining residue.

CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN

CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN


After the lacquer thinner has been on the plaque for a while, scrub it with a brush then dry with a clean towel. Then scrub with Simple Green and a clean brush using hot water. Let air dry.

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You can mask the larger areas but as you will quickly see, it’s really not worth the trouble. Out plaques have a rough background which paint will adhere well to. If yours is a smooth background, then you need to use a self etching primer before applying the black.

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Use a good quality paint like Krylon. I do not recommend using a flat as it dries too fast. I am using a satin or semi gloss finish.

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The first coat should be light but after that lay it on thick. Turn the plaque and spray from each side so that you get into all of the little cracks.

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DO NOT LET THE PAINT DRY ALL THE WAY. WAIT UNTIL IT IS ALMOST DRY TO THE TOUCH BEFORE REMOVING THE EXTRA PAINT. You can use a nylon tool like this to scrape the residue but lacquer thinner is better.

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Using a clean, tightly folded towel with lacquer thinner, wipe the face of your plaque IN ONE DIRECTION ONLY to start removing the extra black paint. Fold and change regularly to keep things clean.

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Keep changing the towel until you are no longer taking off any black paint. Then set to the side and keep clean. I used the shoe box that was my mini spray booth to keep all the little bugs away. Mount on the rear using an extra license plate mount or wherever else you have in mind.

Looks good, doesn’t it.

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