Fri Sep 05, 2003 11:20 pm
Hey guys, I picked up a Cadet this summer (104) and when I went looking for the serial number I found it "caked" with paint. A little gentle digging with my pen knife verified it was the tag.
What are the best methods you have found to remove paint from a tag, without destroying or marking it up?
Sat Sep 06, 2003 5:32 am
Thatâ€™s a tough call on that one. I just went out and looked at my 106 and they have black out lined around International Harvester. (Like a Cub) Maybe try mineral spirits rubbing it with a tooth brush.
I thank you can repaint the black part if you mess it up; all the letters and numbers are stamped. If you need a picture of the tag in the original state, I can send you one.
Iâ€™m sure someone has done this before, who reads this forum.
Hope to see you again at the Cubarma
Sat Sep 06, 2003 10:29 pm
I also received a cadet recently. My father gave me his 102. I shot carb cleaner on the serial number tag to clean it so I could get the number and it worked w/o removing the black around the International word, but carb cleaner will remove paint at times so if that worries you be careful.
Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:31 am
Looks like I'll try a combination of some careful chiselling and some cleaner.
Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:40 pm
Here is a good method to try.
Use stripper, clean up the plate real good. Then wipe it down 3 or 4 times with a good lacquer thinner.
Yes, most likely most of the black paint will come off of the plate, but have no fear. I have done this many times and it always works. Take a clean rag, dip it in black paint. Wipe the plate with it a couple of times. Then, take another rag with just a bit of thinners on it, wipe LIGHTLY across the top of the plate to clean off the excess. Let it dry and VOILA!! you now basically have a restored Serial Number Plate. If there is any excess, afer it sets, use some 4-0 steel wool and buff it lightly. Won't affect the information, will just buff up the high spots.
Works me me, and I use it all the time to restore serial plates on funiture and casework that is being restored.
Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:13 pm
I can see that working on an etched plate, but can't imagine it working on a silkscreened one.
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