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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:05 pm    Post subject: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looking for help and suggestions on restoring the look of this aluminum tin dash cover on this Cub Cadet 1450. I can paint it black but when I do the lettering and “raw”/shiny aluminum areas will also be black. I found an orolgnal NOS piece but it is over $100. Trying to find a way to restore this one....if there is a way. Lettering is not embossed and it is not raised.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Personally, I would leave that piece alone, think it will look better than trying to fix it up.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you want your dash to look as good as new you should get the NOS grille you found. In this day and age $100 isn't anything and you should easily
spent that much or more getting a professional to do the restoration.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-wgm wrote:
(quoted from post at 06:36:37 12/03/1Cool If you want your dash to look as good as new you should get the NOS grille you found. In this day and age $100 isn't anything and you should easily
spent that much or more getting a professional to do the restoration.


I’m not paying that for one when I can either brace it alone or try and paint or decal it. I am trying to stay within a $700 parts budget. I think I’m going to try and mask it off and paint it. Then I’ll carefully cut the decal out for the lettering and place it on original piece.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That looks pretty good to me, don't see any paint worn off. I'd spray it with window cleaner, or soap, work it around with a small brush and towel it off. Then spray it with some turtle wax and buff it with a clean towel. This Wheel Horse is 30 years old.





 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-gab wrote:
(quoted from post at 09:34:55 12/03/1Cool That looks pretty good to me, don't see any paint worn off. I'd spray it with window cleaner, or soap, work it around with a small brush and towel it off. Then spray it with some turtle wax and buff it with a clean towel. This Wheel Horse is 30 years old.
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Thanks. I'll try that first.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just thinking out loud, but what if you were to clean it and spray it with a clear coat? Think it might bring out the original color but keep the lettering. Good luck.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ditto on leave the dash as-is.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Need tips on Restoring/Painting Dash Tin with Lettering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Those NOS dashes are getting ridiculous, saw one for near $250 the other day. I restored a 1450 about 25 years ago, cleaned-up the bare aluminum first with steel wool and also used a cuetip with rubbing compound, then cleaned it and masked-off what I could and sprayed matte-black. For the labels I got a very fine artist brush (called a rigger or striper size 0) and cheap jewelers magnifying glasses and detailed around them. LOoked great -- just took patience. New looking dash makes a big difference.

That tractor must have been kept inside, the hour meter is not hazed-up.
 
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