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i just refinished my rear panel roundel a few days ago. since i sprayed them it was tricky masking all the areas off in the right order too. i used a color i matched up in my PPG BMW color deck, color matches very close. then finished it off with some clear to make it really pop! happy with the results.

if any are interested, i may offer a Roundel Refinish Service to revive older aluminum raised letter roundels.




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There are a few tips floating around on the FAQ about this.

The Testors enamels are pretty thick. When I re-did mine, I thinned out the paint and used several coats (3 or 4) to build it up. If the paint is thin, you can flow it in to place and you get almost no brush marks. Too thin and it won't stay in place. Take your time and let the paint set up before adding another coat.

One question I have is about sanding down any marks in the raised metal. 1000 grit? Would you need to clear coat the whole thing afterwards?

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The raised letter roundels are still available from the dealer. It is probably cheaper to refinish and paint and there is some authenticity with using the originals, but by the time i would have tracked down the paint and had time to do it, it was easier to just buy a new one. It ran me about $35 a couple weeks ago.


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