I`m attempting an "amature" plate restoration for my `29 Model A roadster---anybody have a suggestion for painting the black letters on my white painted plate? Tryed a small paint roller but that caused runs everywhere---I`m too shakey to try a brush--how did YOU do it? Thanks, Paul
Do you have someone nearby who does silk screening?
There are a few different methods- you might try a hard rubber roller loaded with a light coat of paint, so that it tends to only stay where the roller contacts the numbers. Another method is to paint the whole plate with a few coats of the color of the numbers, then paint the whole thing with a relatively thin coat of the background color. You can then wet-sand the paint off the numbers with a wood block as a backing for the sandpaper. Good luck!
Years ago I tried a method that I read about in a magazine. The complete plate was first painted several coats with the colors of the numbers and letters. Then just enough paint was applied, over the entire plate, in the background color, to get good coverage, no more than necessary. Then very very fine sandpaper and rubbing compound was used to "expose" the numbers and letters. It worked well for me. I no longer have the plates or I would post a picture.
Take it to your local sign painter or pinstriper and have him free hand the numbers for you.
The way I did my tags was to paint the entire plate the base color I then waited three weeks for the paint to completely cure and taped then off the whole plate and with a razor I very carefully cut around the numbers and sprayed the last color. I did not remove the tape for a week. Worked very well for me.
Rolling off most of the paint first on a scrap piece of paper seems to be the key to using a rubber roller on these. You want a very light coat of paint on your roller.
I'm told that using One-Shot striping paint works best as it does leave "strings" of paint railing behind the roller.
I have done several plates. You want to use a hard rubber roller called a brayer. They are available in art stores like Hobby Lobby. One Shot lettering enamel should be your paint of choice. Practice first on another plate to get used to how much paint & pressure.
I shot these and then fine-line taped them and shot the orange. Not perfect but the owner was happy.
I had the same problem. I cleaned and prepared the plate with the base color then had my wife hand paint them. She has steady hands. Clear coated the finish product and it's holding up well after 2 years.
I painted the plates, then had a sign painter do the numbers. Turned out very nice.
Send it to Steve Jelf. He was a sign maker.