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    Repainting inside of horn button

    I am trying to repaint the read inside of a 51 Commander horn button. What is the best way to remove the old red paint? The emblem is still good so I only want to remove the red without messing up the clear part or the emblem.



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    A very tricky job at best. Notice that they always sealed the Colors in with a Dull, Metallic, Aluminum Silver Top Coat.

    Also, be sure to get a Deep Burgundy with a lot of Blue in it, to replace the Original which was NOT Red.
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    213139B7-E6D1-42BB-A0DD-C8A3BBAB0E65.jpgThis what it should look like


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    Wet sand paper. Start with 600 to 1000 grit. finish off with rubbing compound before painting. cheers jimmijim
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    I tried to repaint a exterior plastic emblem like this once... Plastic looked good and ~seemed~ to be crack free. I forget what I used to get remaining old paint off, probably some solvent that appeared not to attack the plastic. Anyway, before repainting, I wiped it down with some thinner or alcohol and ~that~ wicked into hidden crazing cracks and ruined the appearance from the outside side. It would not evaporate either and I ended up painting it as-is. Look not so good. In hindsight, maybe if I had tried some low heat like a hair dryer I could have got the thinner out of the cracks.

    Short reply, is be careful what you use to clean it up!!!

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    I have to do the same thing for a couple of identical horn buttons for my 1950 cars. I would try removing the old paint by scraping it with your fingernail.

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    I second the fingernail technique and suggest an orangewood stick that ladies use to push their cuticles.
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