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Old 12-13-2008, 02:46 PM
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Anyone here have any tips on how to paint letters on casting or license plates? I would like to highlight them but don't have much luck in making them look nice.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I get excellent results using a small pin striping brush. Make sure the paint you are using to high light with is thin enough to flow uniformly without runs.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I was actually doin that today, I just use oil based paint and a small artist brush, if the casting is rough or pitted it makes the job a little trickier, if your very unartistic, you could maybe, put a piece of tape over the letter and cut it out with a razor or something, dont know how well this that would work but its a thought. Good luck.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I have heard of people using a printer block roller. Its a rubber roller with a handle. Dip in paint like you would if you were rolling your walls in the house, and apply the paint that way.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

Get someone else to do it .
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I've had decent luck using a small spounge brush and touching the raised tops and it's worked good. I'm sure other ways as mentioned work good too. What ever you are comfortable with, do it.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

well worst case i have to clean up a messy paint job
thanks all i have some great ideas to tryI know i will get it good enouf for me but it wont be prefect im sure
again thanks all for your help and ideas
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I just finished doing this to my cast iron john deere seat, I used a small pin striping brush and went over it very carefully with a steady hand, it took about 5 coats before the yellow really stood out over the green, Good luck
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I've done it with a paint pen,My som had some he got from a model place.They were used to stripe his model cars and stuff.Worked great!! Tom
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Testors Model Paint Pens work great! they come in assorted colors, and are available at good hobby shops. They work like a magic marker. In most states, re-marking/painting license plates are illegal.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I have had some success by using a q-tip and a lot of patience. The patience part being the most critical. Good luck. Rusty
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I have used Cosmetic Wedges with success. They are a special kind of foam.

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I watched a guy at the car show donig plates and here was his secret. He used a hard rubber roller like a printers roller 1" or so in dia about 4" wide. He poured the paint in a small puddle on an old sears catalog then ran the roller back and forth until it was all covered. Then he rolled across the letters then around the edge. Then he sat it to dry and did another one like assembly work. Then he went back to the first one and did another coat. He charged like 25 bucks for just doing the letters on 2 plates. I thought that would be a good racket so i watched him for a long time. You can get the rubber roller's here along with another zillion items http://www.mcmaster.com ...Bob
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

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I have heard of people using a printer block roller. Its a rubber roller with a handle. Dip in paint like you would if you were rolling your walls in the house, and apply the paint that way.
This is what we use with great results. It only takes the amount of time to roll across the letters and your done. Not the hours and sore neck ya get from painting with a tiny little brush!
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

I had a sign painter that I know do it for me. He used a sign lettering paint called One Shot. I think it is a thicker paint, and he used a long stick to rest his wrist on. He made it look easy, but I'm pretty sure it's beyond my capabilities. btw he did an awesome job.
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

The roller is the way to go if you have a lot of work to do, But if you only have a one or two items the process can be duplicated by dabbing. make a wad of cloth on the end of a stick, wrap the head with a fine weave fabriic or chamois and dab on the paint... kind of like a blotter. may even work better than the roller on uneven cast surfaces
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Default Re: Painting raised letters on castings

Here's how i do it. Might not be right though. I paint the raised letters with the color i want them to be, first. I let the paint dry for about a week, and then paint the hopper or whatever. While the hopper/etc. Paint, is still wet, wrap a piece of t-shirt material tightly, very tightly, around a solid rubber sanding block of approtiate size and lighly soak it in wax and grease remover and wipe off the raise letters where you might of got some of the background paint on them. The wax and grease remover is mild enough to not remove the letter paint from last week, but will remove any of the fresh hopper/etc. Paint right away. Always works for me. Sorry about the long confusing description.

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i always use a catalyst in the paint on the lettering

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