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lettering tailgate on 3100 chevy pickup

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lettering tailgate on 3100 chevy pickup
Posted by 1940fORD on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:21 PM

Truck is dark green (old park or forest service) and CHEVROLET lettering on tailgate is white. Several attempts to do the lettering have failed, so it is back to the Easy Off. 

Would appreciate any help on how to cleanly letter 

Thanks, 1940 Ford

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:53 PM

Is it raised lettering?

If not, a dry transfer letter set might do the trick.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Trevor

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Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:49 PM

If the letters are raised, you can simply sand the paint off down to the bare styrene. Start with 1000 grit and finish with 2000. That's how I did the letters on this truck. I sanded the primer away before I painted it so there wouldn't be as much to sand away. It worked quite well.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:22 PM

Sweet Ford!

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, May 12, 2017 12:24 PM

By dry transfer I assume you mean a decal? 

I am an old guy just getting back into the hobby

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, May 12, 2017 12:24 PM

Thanks. Good idea, but the plastic is gray and the lettering should be white. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 12, 2017 2:38 PM

1940fORD

By dry transfer I assume you mean a decal? 

No, not water slide decals and not new. Dry transfer letters are the type that come on a sheet plastic material, and you place the sheet of letters againt the body where you want it to be then rub on with a pencil, or similar dull burnishing tool. They come in many sizes, fonts, and colours. Check here https://www.google.ca/search?q=letraset&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjcvseZjevTAhWDEVAKHRGsCbMQsAQIPw&biw=1600&bih=762&dpr=1#tbm=isch&q=dry+transfer+lettering&spf=1494617834981

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, May 12, 2017 4:48 PM

Thanks so much! Will them a try.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 12, 2017 11:39 PM

You're quite welcome. If the tailgate lettering is raised, perhaps you could try using a pencil eraser with a flat surface as a paint pad to paint the lettering. Smear a thin layer of white paint on a smooth surface use that to lightly coat the side of the eraser in it, wipe off the extra and carefully touch it to the raised lettering to transfer paint to the letter. I think I would go kind of dry with this, building up light layers until the letters are white. It would certainly be worth practicing on a scrap part if you had something like that available.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, May 12, 2017 11:49 PM

Thanks again. I will try all your suggestions and see which one works best. I have also printed on my computer the same font in white letters on a green background  and see if somehow that might work. 

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