Removing paint from a serial number tag

Fri Sep 05, 2003 11:20 pm

Hey guys, I picked up a Cadet this summer (104) and when I went looking for the serial number I found it "caked" with paint. A little gentle digging with my pen knife verified it was the tag.

What are the best methods you have found to remove paint from a tag, without destroying or marking it up?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 5:32 am


That’s a tough call on that one. I just went out and looked at my 106 and they have black out lined around International Harvester. (Like a Cub) Maybe try mineral spirits rubbing it with a tooth brush.

I thank you can repaint the black part if you mess it up; all the letters and numbers are stamped. If you need a picture of the tag in the original state, I can send you one.

I’m sure someone has done this before, who reads this forum.

Hope to see you again at the Cubarma :!:

Jack Fowler

Sat Sep 06, 2003 10:29 pm


I also received a cadet recently. My father gave me his 102. I shot carb cleaner on the serial number tag to clean it so I could get the number and it worked w/o removing the black around the International word, but carb cleaner will remove paint at times so if that worries you be careful.

Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:31 am

Looks like I'll try a combination of some careful chiselling and some cleaner.

Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:40 pm


Here is a good method to try.

Use stripper, clean up the plate real good. Then wipe it down 3 or 4 times with a good lacquer thinner.

Yes, most likely most of the black paint will come off of the plate, but have no fear. I have done this many times and it always works. Take a clean rag, dip it in black paint. Wipe the plate with it a couple of times. Then, take another rag with just a bit of thinners on it, wipe LIGHTLY across the top of the plate to clean off the excess. Let it dry and VOILA!! you now basically have a restored Serial Number Plate. If there is any excess, afer it sets, use some 4-0 steel wool and buff it lightly. Won't affect the information, will just buff up the high spots.

Works me me, and I use it all the time to restore serial plates on funiture and casework that is being restored.

Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:13 pm

I can see that working on an etched plate, but can't imagine it working on a silkscreened one.