Dash panel detail, fine white lettering on black?

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  1. HWYCRZR

    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I had my dash panels re chromed back when MR. G’s did them 10 years ago. It seems back then there wasn’t much on E bay but now they show up quite frequently for less than the restoration costs. Any way I got them back and it looked like a third grader did the white lettering. This was after I had already sent them back as they were detailed like the ‘67 dash ( a lot of silver)and after loosing the little panel that is removed for a fader. I was not going to send them back again.
    So now w am going to touch them up. I tried to clean up the excess white paint, but it took the black paint off.

    I masked everything and repainted the black on top of the bezels and let it cure a while. My dilemma is to get the white paint in the letters and wipe off the excess without taking off the black. I need to maybe find a different paint type that I can easily wipe off without solvent.
    Any ideas?
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    I used some acrylic paint on a shift knob once, surprisingly durable and $.50 at walmart. Worth a go around at least!
     
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    I did a switch plate with raised letters. Yours is different because of what looks like sunken letters.
    But what I did was set up 2 horses and lay a 6’ stiff plank of wood (1”x6”, 3/4” plywood, etc.) on top. Hang the piece to be painted by 12 gauge solid wire about half way to the ground. The face that will be painted will be facing down. Now the tricky part, put cushions or a blanket on the ground to lay on (more cushions or pillow for your head) and you will essentially be painting upside down. Get a good light facing up and use a small paint brush. The paint won’t spread as easily to areas you don’t want. I used paint pens that have a wide and pointy tip from Hobby Lobby. I had a small block of wood next to me on the floor that by turning to your side and pushing down the tip of the paint pen it reloads paint. It’s all about a comfortable position because it will take time. I practiced on another part first. The part you’re painting can’t move so 12 gauge solid wire worked for me. You may need a different mounting idea. Good luck.
     
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    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Yes they are innies I may try the krylon pen and a wipe first. If that doesn’t work then I will have to try the Michelangelo / Sistine chapel method laying on my back using gravity.

    Thanks @Big_John and @haywire 440
     
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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    I have a paint marker at work that I use for marking timing marks, it has a steel tip that pushes in to let the paint flow. I will take a pic of it
     
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    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I need something like a needle pen that is white.
    I will have to google that.
     
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    Big_John Illegitimi non carborundum FCBO Gold Member

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    Rapidograph technical pen. Not cheap.
     
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    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I just need to go to the art isle at Michael’s. I am bound to find something that will work. I would like to find a water based one that I could wipe the excess white off the black flat with a damp rag. Solvent based seem to take the black off as well.
     
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    Needle and syringe.
     
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    tip of a toothpick?
     
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    Go to a hobby shop and get the finest brush available say like a 00000 brush. Testors flat white works well when well stirred/shaken and it is starting to set on the brush which keeps it from running and dripping.
    Another cheat method is tape up the innie letters then apray the black. Then do the white and touch up any mistskes with a black sharpie. Works for me.
     
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    This is the same one I have at work

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    It works good for what I use it for, it way flow too much paint at once for you. It depends on how deep the letters are.
     
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