I'm about to embark on cleaning up and painting the badges on my hub caps.
Badges removed but with a bit of brute force and ignorance rather than with any subtlety si now need to drill out the split pins that hold them in place to the hubcap so will be looking for the smallest drill bit I can find. Failing that I'll juts a 1 mm drill and get replacement 1 mm split pins. That's the easy bit. Now for the front......
Unless anyone has any better ideas or they've gone about it in a different way, I intend to take a wire brush or wire drill bit to clean up the front of the badge until all the raised bits have some sort of shine. Then, I'll use Humbrol enamel paint to probably flood the badge and then wipe off any excess from the raised elements somehow. Once I'm happy with how they look I'll then spray with a clear lacquer to maintain the finished article.
Two questions. Firstly, Humbrol do quite a few dark and darkish blues. What colours have others used or would suggest? Secondly, any other thoughts or suggestions on my approach to blinging up the hubcap badges?
Careful with your wire brush not to remove too much 'Riley' surface detail, also the rougher the fill areas the better your blue paint will key. I would think your Humbrol should be robust enough without yellowing it with applied lacquer. The alloy they are made of also seems relatively robust to corrosion and dulling off. Enjoy that natural pewter finish.
From the number of replies to this thread, you can be confident few will ever judge you harshly if you pick the wrong shade of blue .
The ones I have pulled apart are retained by a split pin with a flat washer and spring steel washer to maintain tension against the hubcap. If this spring loses tension they rotate and slowly slice themselves off. My recommendation is to apply a wee blob (just enough) of silastic between the badge and hubcap to discourage any rotation.
Just to throw a spanner in the works. I have one ex 1.5 hubcap badge on my car, an RMC. This badge adorns the hub cap which fits on the spare wheel. The RMC never had any hubcap badges, this is just my attempt at a bit of bling.
In order to make it look better than the original (not difficult!) I first cleaned out all the old paint and dirt, I then gently sanded the raised script in order to get a fair finish. I then filled the whole badge with Oxford Blue Polyester gelcoat, several coats were required. Following cure the surface was carefully sanded back to the top of the moulded lettering, once satisfied that any voids had been filled, the whole lot was polished.
The result pleases me; it does not look that much different from a very slightly tired radiator badge. Certainly better than original, in my opinion. A lot cheaper than enamel too. Of course, you could have any colour you want.