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Old June 25th, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Reburbished my badge

Tackled a small project this weekend. My badge was faded and looking sad compared to the rest of the truck so a removed it painted it and sanded down the raised areas with 100 grit. Easy DIY job. I painted the 3/16th rivets black after it was installed, but left the stamped numbers black.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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looks good!
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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Thanks! Sometimes the easiest jobs make the biggest difference in appearance.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Nice!!
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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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looks great
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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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What kind of paint did you use? My badge is in need of some love as well. You worrying about the raised portions corroding after you sanded them or did you use a clear coat?
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Old June 25th, 2012, 02:20 PM
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What kind of paint did you use? My badge is in need of some love as well. You worrying about the raised portions corroding after you sanded them or did you use a clear coat?
I thought of using clear coat, but didn't. If others have done this and had the aluminum corrode, let me know. I'll tape it off and clear coat it in place if needed.

After wire brushing and cleaning with mineral spirits I used self etching primer and Krylon semi-gloss. Sanded it down after one and a half hours.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 07:10 AM
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Has anyone else cleaned up their badge like this or perhaps another technique? The badge on my truck is oxidized and I'd like to clean it up. I've tried cleaner wax but it's a pita trying to get at the parts around the wording.
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Might try rubbing compound on a drill buffer
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Old August 14th, 2017, 06:07 PM
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Very nice! Always a good idea to check the back for corrosion. The back of mine was a white crumbly mess. I got all the corrosion off with the wire wheel and painted the back black.
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Old August 14th, 2017, 06:33 PM
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Chip - Did you drill out the rivets and remove? If so would you briefly share an overview? I've never drilled out or used rivets before.

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Old August 14th, 2017, 06:45 PM
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Yeah rivets are great. They're 3/16" so you can use that size drill bit to remove them. You could start out with one that's a tad smaller if you'd like. The rivets are blind sealing type aluminum with a steel mandrel. They're pretty inexpensive from McMaster-Carr. The two common lengths are 0.45" and 0.575" LNG on these trucks (.188"-.25" & .313"-.375" material thickness). The badge is kind of thick so you could use the longer one. It's easiest to use a pneumatic riveter. The one from Harbor Freight works just fine. If you'd like a black rivet the LR part number is RRC4583. The parts catalogue specifies those for the badge on the 50th trucks.
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Looks really good.
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