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    Refinishing license plate

    Is there a way to refinish the paint on a old plate to get rid of the marks where the Rego sticker went? while keeping it looking as a original possible?
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    Pretty sure the black is powdercoat. So a mild solvent like meths should remove the sticker adhesive without damage.

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    Interesting stuff, I am worried I would have to sand it and that would affect the look of the plate.
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    Acetone is pretty good, too. Available at Mitre 10 in the paint section
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete376403 View Post
    Acetone is pretty good, too. Available at Mitre 10 in the paint section
    Yup, gently rubbed with a soft, worn green pan scourer. Excellent for removing sticky crap even on easily scratched surfaces.

    To be fair, WD 40 or CRC would probably remove the gunge, too.
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    chances are someone used a screwdriver at some stage to remove them so the paint is gouged....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    chances are someone used a screwdriver at some stage to remove them so the paint is gouged....
    Yes, It's badly marked. I just don't want to make it worse before refinishing it. I still don't know what paint to use that would best match the original finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesel pig View Post
    Yes, It's badly marked. I just don't want to make it worse before refinishing it. I still don't know what paint to use that would best match the original finish.
    I'd try an enamel gloss black from a model shop. Build up the scratches, wet and dry until the area is flatted off. Then cut & polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    I'd try an enamel gloss black from a model shop. Build up the scratches, wet and dry until the area is flatted off. Then cut & polish.
    Ha, I still have a box of different plastic model kit paints from when I used to do them as a young fella. Gee that's along time ago now. I will have to see if the gloss black is still good. Cheers for the tip.
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    Think the old school rego plate is more a satin than gloss black, so Tamiya X18 should do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neels View Post
    Think the old school rego plate is more a satin than gloss black, so Tamiya X18 should do the trick.
    Good point. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesel pig View Post
    Is there a way to refinish the paint on a old plate to get rid of the marks where the Rego sticker went? while keeping it looking as a original possible?
    You can preserve the original paint by masking off the rego sticker and then using Ebony Rub 'n Buff which is available only on line now from artist supply shops or eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toycollector10 View Post
    You can preserve the original paint by masking off the rego sticker and then using Ebony Rub 'n Buff which is available only on line now from artist supply shops or eBay.
    Very interesting. I don't care about the Old rego stickers, I just want to avoid making it looking like I painted a new rego plate black trying to be reto cool. This stuff Rub 'n Buff from checking it out on line looks like it would tidy up the plate with out making it look new, am I making sense?
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    So does this test spot on the license plate gouges from the rego stickers, match the rest of the black on the plate? I came across this can of Black satin spray when I was doing something else and thought it might work. What do you all think.
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    It's not a million miles away, bit darker but the Matt level looks right. Good enough I'd say. JB weld andwet finger smooth the deep scratches?
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