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Old 12-14-08, 09:05 PM   #46
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i started removing the gold with the cotton material that comes in the silver can that smells strong. the gold comes off pretty easily with some rubbing. i just need to have it buffed to a polished chrome shine.

should i just go to carwash place to have them use their buffer to do it for me. i dont own a small buffer tool.

if i get all the gold off, will a normal buffer get it polished. or does it need some type of cream to use while buffing it to polish
well, there's a problem with your plan... mainly, there isn't chrome underneath the gold, it's a nickel plating... nickel will not be crazy shiny like chrome will... I would watch out with buffers and such - they are much more dangerous to the paint and potential for ripping the emblem off the car than they are going to help in polishing that...
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Old 12-15-08, 01:13 PM   #47
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i like the gold but usually only looks good on darker shade cars. chrome looks good on white... good job
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Old 12-15-08, 02:52 PM   #48
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Looks very nice and clean. Very good write up.Imma probably use the same steps in taking out the emblems. I have also a white SC but Im planning to paint the emblems black instead. Just have to find a good paint where it wont look all ugly 6 months later.
let me know when you find a good paint!
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Old 12-15-08, 07:06 PM   #49
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im going to tape off around the pieces to protect the paint. the gold comes off pretty easy. i just need a light polish or buff to give it a shinier look. if it doesnt work out so nice, i will swap to new chrome peices.

its just that the long peice above the plate isnt replacable. they told me i need the whole part its attached to for $700. any ideas
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Old 02-18-09, 12:40 AM   #50
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my friend charges people 30$ to do crap like this on peoples cars at my school lol...

very useful info... i was about to buy chrome emblems... i would have felt like a moron thanks lol
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this thread is old but good info! i was lookin for chrome emblems at junkyards but now ill give this a try
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Old 10-03-09, 11:04 AM   #52
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This is great write up.
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Old 10-03-09, 11:36 AM   #53
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GREAT DIY! I have faded gold emblems and wanted to go back to chrome but didn't want to spend money on new emblems. This diy is just saved me some money. Thanks for the write up.
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Awesome write-up!

This is why I said before, ClubLexus should have a How-To/DIY Section.
More posts like these would be very beneficial.
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my gold ones started fading.
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Old 12-05-10, 12:51 AM   #57
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when you strip the gold from the emblems, they will only be nickel plated which will tarnish quickly. you can wax them for longer looks but the nickel needs a top coat of chrome or gold to last.
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Old 12-05-10, 06:02 AM   #58
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I would agree its not as durable as original chrome but I did mine 3 1/2 years ago and they still look great. I do keep my car in the shop but still........ Looks way better than the faded gold.
I have a complete set of brand new still in the wrapper chrome ones I bought but never bothered to put them on so....
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Old 08-06-11, 09:32 PM   #59
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This was my try at this DIY.

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Wow I'm doing this like tomorrow
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