Cleaning up a serial number tag?

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Cleaning up a serial number tag?

Postby Super A » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:57 pm


I am working on the serial number tag on my Super A. (sorry, not a Cub but the principle's the same.) I've had to replace the seat support which the tag is riveted to, so while that part is being painted I am trying to prepare the tag. I do NOT want a repro. tag as it's important to me from a personal standpoint to use the original. The tag's not perfect, one corner has torn/broken off a little bit but it's perfectly legible and usable. do I clean the tag up? It has a lot of old dirt/corrosion/crud on the back, I lightly rubbed it with the wire wheel on the grinder and it didn't do much. It doesn't have to look new, I just want to clean it up and remove the old paint around the edges where it was poorly masked off before it was repainted the last time.

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Postby Arizona Mike » Tue Jul 20, 2004 3:01 pm

Hi Al

I would dip it into a weak (10%) muriatic acid solution several times or until its clean. Then clean and polish it with a fine cut cleaner (I like Meguires) and/or a small brass bristol wire brush. When its clean and smooth wipe it off with thinner, mask and spray it with the black. When its dry wax it.


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Postby SundaySailor » Wed Jul 21, 2004 10:26 am


My tag on my cub was painted over with red paint. I used strypease on a q-tip swab, and recoated the tag several times. It removed the old paint (No sign of the original black paint anywhere to start with) in a couple of trys. I can easily see the 1800 on the bottom portion of the tag as well as the serial number.

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