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Removing paint from Bare-Metal foil

RELATED TOPICS: BARE-METAL | PAINT | TRIM
Q: In a recent issue, Bob Downie indicated that he applies the Bare-Metal foil trim to raised details after the primer is applied. Then, after the paint is applied and cured, he will “scrape/polish” off the paint that’s on the BMF.  

I would appreciate knowing what process is used to delicately remove the paint from the BMF without damage.  
– Larry Spitzer
via E-mail


Ken: The key word in your question, Larry, is “delicately.” You need a light, steady hand to pull off this technique – which, after you get the hang of it, is relatively simple.  

We recommend that you first try to burnish the paint off the foil with a round wooden toothpick. Be careful, though, or you might tear the foil.  

Generally, the emblems you’re focusing on are so small that a couple of well-placed swipes will take off enough paint to show the emblem.  

Another method we’ve used is to wrap the back (rounded) end of a small paintbrush with a cloth, and burnish the foil with that.  

You can also dab just a touch of polishing wax onto the cloth to coax the paint off the foil.  

Whichever method you try, practice on a spare body with a molded-in emblem to get the feel of the technique before tackling a serious project.  

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