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I picked up a set of tin wings at the flea market for $5 , had a Harley cover I got a few years back , friend told me it is a rim hub cap from a Harley edition 250 Ford

I want to paint inside the letters and be neat , tried with a brush and stay in the lines and that is not going to happen , thought about a thick coat over the letters and then sand the excess off with some 2000 grit and then polish -----

How do you paint inside the letter black , neatly
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I have seen where people paint the whole thing then wipe the top flat surface with acitone or paint remover and it leaves the grooves painted. I personally have never tried it. But seems pretty straight forward. Nice thing is you dont have to be neat at all. Just make sure you get all of it really good then go easy with the rag and paint stripper of choice.
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That should work good, , 2000, then work the way down to 12 thousand grit.... Something like this (pic) being its made of tin, some type of polishing compound (like semi chrome) should work good.
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Paint it, then wipe off the flat surface leaving the recessed lettering painted. Have to use a rag with some thinner on it, and not have the cloth saturated where it will drip/run down in the lettering.
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Paint it, then wipe off the flat surface leaving the recessed lettering painted. Have to use a rag with some thinner on it, and not have the cloth saturated where it will drip/run down in the lettering.
Lay your wiping cloth flat on a surface (thick glass works good) then draw the H-D crest across it. Use a cloth with a fine texture. A small amount of a solvent of some kind on the cloth will help. Only do this when the paint has dried completely. Should turn out nice.
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That should work good, , 2000, then work the way down to 12 thousand grit.... Something like this (pic) being its made of tin, some type of polishing compound (like semi chrome) should work good.
never knew about 12K grit !!!!

the wings are tin , the center cap is heavy aluminum , I would say it is billet , was hard to drill
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Woooo , some good ideas ----- my first attempt sucked , I painted over it as close as I could quickly with some acrylic paint on a small brush , then wiped it off before it dried and think now the cloth was too TERRY Clothy , micro fiber towel sounds like the ticket and upside down on a flat surface like glass , like mentioned

I should be doing the wings with a Honda " crest " ( crest is that like a Logo/Emblem in Canada , MM ) ---- I like wall hangers in general so Harley is welcome
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If it's billiet ..... It should coming looking even better then this from z7 wheel restoration

12 thousand grit is what people use on plastic model chrome parts

Semi chrome will bring the BLING BLING back!

Yep some excellent ideas!!
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just a idea, but they sell that plastic dip spray paint, that you can peel off, spray that the color you want then use a nice sharp pen knife to trim out the letters , and peel rest off, that should leave the inside of letters the color you want and peel off everything else you didn;t want painted!
and if for what ever reason you don't like the letters colored in, you can also peel it off them rather easy
some folks really like the stuff, doing wheels and such and holds up ?
Just a thought!
also, maybe if you wax all area's you didn;t want painted first, it would peel off there easier too?
just clean out letters real good with some alcohol so it does stick where you want it!
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