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Old 05-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Refinishing hood crest

My 1999 hood crest looks pretty good, except for the word "Porsche" across the top.
The black paint is fading and disappearing.
I saw a show one time that showed the Porsche workers hand-making the crests, and then filling the black letters with paint, dispensed from what looked to be a hypodermic needle.

I was thinking I could remove my crest, purchase a needle, and fill with black enamel paint, then spray over the entire crest with a clear lacquer.

Has anyone tried this? Any suggestions about the best way to complete the process?

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I would do enamel and a light bake in the oven at 225-250F for 15-20 minutes, no clear coat. I've never touched up a Porsche crest, but that's what I would do.

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saw a show one time that showed the Porsche workers hand-making the crests, and then filling the black letters with paint, dispensed from what looked to be a hypodermic needle.

I was thinking I could remove my crest, purchase a needle, and fill with black enamel paint, then spray over the entire crest with a clear lacquer.

Has anyone tried this? Any suggestions about the best way to complete the process?
Interesting. . . This must be what you are talking about: This is how much trouble Porsche takes to remanufacture old emblems
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Don't paint over enamel with lacquer. They are not compatible and can cause the paint to wrinkle or bubble. If you are dead set on a clear coat you might try clear Rustoleum enamel but test it on something else first to be sure the black and clear are compatible.
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My 2 cents worth.......One of the things I really like about P cars is the fact that the emblem displayed on our front hoods are actually made of metal with placement tabs though the hood.The emblem represents the entire brand of any product and it should be quality.I see almost every other luxury car with glued on plastic emblems and it looks lame.The buying public has overlooked this problem.
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Buy a new one. I'd suggest something a little different, and get a silver one from Bumperplugs. This would work well with your Artic Silver paint. Not cheap, but high quality and worth it.
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there is a guy on rennlist called 'intrepidagent' that refinishes hood crests in black, silver, black/red, etc. good work.
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Maxspeed Motorsports also has silver hood crest and I think the price is reasonable. No affiliation
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Mine was doing the same thing. I just bought a new one. This has been a few years ago but I think it was around $50?? Made a big difference.
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I wondered why the crests cost $100+ ...I guess that explains it!
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Interesting. . . This must be what you are talking about: This is how much trouble Porsche takes to remanufacture old emblems
Yes, that's the video.
I need to find a paint dispensor with a tiny tip, so I can refresh the black in the Porsche letters.
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Don't paint over enamel with lacquer. They are not compatible and can cause the paint to wrinkle or bubble. If you are dead set on a clear coat you might try clear Rustoleum enamel but test it on something else first to be sure the black and clear are compatible.
Maybe just putting the enamel in the letters and letting it dry will do. May not need a clear enamel. I think it's worth a shot. Going to be tedious work though.
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I would do enamel and a light bake in the oven at 225-250F for 15-20 minutes, no clear coat. I've never touched up a Porsche crest, but that's what I would do.
Sounds like a plan. Thanks for the suggestion.
That small amount of heat shouldn't hurt the crest, and would help cure the enamel.
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Buy a new one. I'd suggest something a little different, and get a silver one from Bumperplugs. This would work well with your Artic Silver paint. Not cheap, but high quality and worth it.
I think I would rather stay with the original type and color, but thanks for the information.
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I'm not sure I'd tackle the hood crest but I did some touch up on wheel crests with model paint and a toothpick
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Yes, that's the video.
I need to find a paint dispensor with a tiny tip, so I can refresh the black in the Porsche letters.
Or as I call it, nail polish.

The best brand is Esse, it's usually at Ulta, some CVS's and most Walgreens. Black is a very standard nail polish color these days.

There is a huge difference in quality of polish brands, so don't just get any old polish.

But that is lacquer, so not sure if that's what you want.

If you find an enamel paint that you prefer, I would just get some child-size syringes at the drugstore, and pluck out the needle.
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Or as I call it, nail polish.

The best brand is Esse, it's usually at Ulta, some CVS's and most Walgreens. Black is a very standard nail polish color these days.

There is a huge difference in quality of polish brands, so don't just get any old polish.

But that is lacquer, so not sure if that's what you want.

If you find an enamel paint that you prefer, I would just get some child-size syringes at the drugstore, and pluck out the needle.
Thanks for the tip! Get it?
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #18
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Saw this on eBay. For $44 thought you might be interested.

New Porsche Emblem 911 993 986 987 996 997 Cayman Boxster | eBay

Not my auction BTW.
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there is a guy on rennlist called 'intrepidagent' that refinishes hood crests in black, silver, black/red, etc. good work.
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