does anybody on this forum restore license plates?

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    does anybody on this forum restore license plates?
     
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    Are you looking for someone to do it for you, or ideas on how to do it?
    I've done several, for myself and a couple for friends. You'll need access to a bead blaster and some metal working skills to do it yourself.
    I don't have the time or access to the blaster anymore so I can't offer my services, just suggestions on what and how.
    Tom
     
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    thanks, just some questions about paint. What is the best to use? plate color and letters.
     
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    After bead blasting I spray on several good, heavy coats of a high fill primer. Sand between coats then go with your base color coat. Again, lay on several heavy coats. I hand lettered mine with a good quality artist brush and One Shot, sign painters enamel of the appropriate color. After proper drying time shoot on a few coats of high gloss clear. Take you time and a steady hand. You'll be proud of your results.
     
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    thanks a lot! do you spray with can or gun? what paint for that?
     
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    Rattle can, gloss black. I don't remember the brand but it's not important. Rust-o-leum makes a good paint for this kind of job.
    Here's a tag I did many moons ago. It has some road rash from 50,000 miles of highway abuse but it still looks okay.
    I don't have any before photos but this tag was just rust when I got it. I used the methods I told you about above. Good luck. Post some before/after photos of your tag when you're finished.
     

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    hey 2door, are you sure you didn't have a job making licence plate's at sometime in the past? i mean the age and treachery thing... best regard's dennis
     
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    Good one, Dennis. Gave me a much needed chuckle tonight. Thanks.
    Tom
     
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    thanks 2door! I really appreciate it!
     

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