O.K., I have carefully removed my “V-12” emblem off Superblue (face-lift) using the nylon fishing line method. Since they are almost impossible to find anymore in good shape, I have decided to go with the “reconditioning” option for my original one.
I have tried a couple of types of chrome-like spray paint, both Rustoleum brand. The first I used was their “American Accents 2x” combo with both primer and base coat in it. It did not a bad job, although it was not shiny or mirror-like, as true chrome is (or as shown on the can’s cap ). I then tried spraying over that with Rustoleum’s “Bright Coat - Metallic Finish” paint. This paint not only didn’t appear mirror-like either (again, despite the cap color ) but left horrible orange peel, despite my having shaken the can for a full minute before spraying. Allowing the emblem to dry for 24 hours, I then tried to see if I could buff out the orange peel by wetting the emblem and then rubbing it a bit with a cloth with liquid rubbing compound on it. That removed the orange peel alright, but also a bit of the paint along with it (vs. shining it up). Giving the spray can a second look, I noticed in the fine print on the back it states that it is an INTERIOR paint. I decided then not to give it a second spray on the emblem - which would be exposed to the elements - but to use the first can of paint for the re-spray (after confirming it is an indoor-outdoor paint). So far so good (I guess).
Question now is - how to paint the black edging on the emblem, esp. w/o getting black paint on the silver parts of the emblem where it doesn’t belong, namely the face? This black edging is necessary to give the emblem a 3-D look as well as to try to match the rest of the trunk lid emblems. I debated whether trying to paint it on with a fine paintbrush using painters tape pressed hard to cover the face of the emblem as I go along, but even that method seems error-prone.
Then, upon closer exam of the emblem and recalling how old emblems tend to denigrate over time, darker and darker, to where the chrome part is almost black, it suddenly dawned on me that at the factory Jag probably starts off by spraying the emblems black all over. Then, the emblems are carefully pushed face-down onto a pad or piece of water-proof (wax?) paper to which wet “chrome” has been applied, thereby transferring the chrome only to the face of the emblem. Does anyone know if that factory process is correct? If so, I may try removing the new paint with acetone, re-spraying the emblem with flat black paint, and then saturating an area of wax paper with the #1 spray paint and pressing the emblem face down on it while wet, repeatedly, until the face is coated all over.