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Old 04-26-2012, 09:32 PM
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Default Vintage tag repainting

Stripped and repainted the '59 tag.
Alabama lets you use a matching year tag as your permanant tag.
Mine was getting rusty, so decided to try a resoration myself.
Etching primer after about 4 strip applications, tougher than you would think.
First attemp to roll on letter paint was a disaster... I pressed too hard.
Strip and reprimer...
This time I blotted the roller after brushing on a coat...
Very light rolling did the trick.
After a few touch up areas... a clear coat was applied.
Wait until it drys before clear coat, or it will make color run a little.
Roller is just what you think, a kids tube float and a breaker bar as the axle.

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Old 04-27-2012, 02:44 AM
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Roller is just what you think, a kids tube float and a breaker bar as the axle.
HOT RODDERS INGENUITY at it's finest!
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:34 AM
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WOW! That looks prof......
wait a minute... did you ever spend time in 'the big house'?



That job looks really good.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:58 AM
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That ended up looking great! I have some old plates for my Model A (wrong state) but not for my Tbird yet. Still looking...
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I've got vintage plates on mine, but I lucked out and scored some mint Ohio plates, original paint, that I guess were on somebody's summer car back in '60. They look unused:



I got Dad plates for his '56 'Bird and '57 Eldorado and lucked out again. They were in fairly sad shape, but the lucky part was finding a seller with both '56 and '57 Ohio plates with the same number. I wish I had pics of them, but I don't.

When I restored them, I sand blasted them, spray painted the base color and hand painted the lettering. I thought about a roller, but didn't think I'd be able to make it work well. Yours look pretty good.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:19 PM
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Ingenuity indeed on that roller - very nice plate.

I found a real nice one on ebay for my car. Recently I ran across some of the original documentation showing the first plate on my car. One of these days I'll re-create the original plate by getting a few with the right letters then cut and weld to make one. Now I know how to paint it....



ps - Dave - "the big house" - lol

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