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Painting "Satoshi" Emblem

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jdickey03, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Jun 4, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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    jdickey03

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    So I recently got the big "Toyota" Emblem. But I want to color match the emblem to my grill (RAD RED) I ordered the color match 3L5 areosol can online but how are you guys painting these things clean? Any tips?

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  2. Jun 4, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    i took the toyota emblem off the back of the truck seperated the letters and sanded the edges smooth scuffed them and sprayed them with a shit ton of light coats heating them in between to cure it nice. then i used a textured clear paint for added sheen and protection, they are holding up perfect and i think it looks great it's the only emblem any where on my truck now lol.

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    Yeah I dont really want to seperate the letters if I don't have to....
     
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    I am wondering the same thing. I would imagine spray paint is the best, but in order to keep the black outline, how do you tape off all of those curves?
     
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    haha i don't blame you it was time consuming to say the least, but it saves money and its different lol separating the letters was actually the easy part. the pita was affixing the heavy duty double sided tape to them i did that step before painting and left the red backing on the ds tape so it did not effect its adhesion. the reason for this was to hide the tape around the edges that would other wise be visible when looking down on them. idk i think it works on my truck. the big emblems are also nice looking as well i just like the letters to appear to be floating there not all connected.
     
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    the way i cut the tape was actually beveled to the inide of each letter so the tapes foot print is smaller than the actual letter. sounds strange but looks great and never gave me any trouble what so ever. on a grill craft if you where to paint the emblem in a contrasting color it would look really cool. i just went for the darth vader look with mine
     
  7. Jun 4, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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    yeah I'm wondering the same thing, i guess i'll have to pull out the tape tomorrow after work and play with it a little, cause I would like to keep the black outline, and keep the bar that connects the letters black also
     
  8. Jun 4, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    i don't know if I'm missing anything but to paint the white cleanly is as simple as laying painters tape overlapped a little and run your fingers across the tape until you can see the shape of the letters well enough to use an exacto knife. peel off the excess and paint.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM
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    ^^^ I ended up doing this. Had to get purchase a exacto knife but it made it very easy
     
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